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Functional, but only for the tech savvy.,
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Freeview receivers that record to a medium that can be exported to a PC appear to be unusually rare: saving a collection to hard disk is fine until the disk dies and my Topfield PVR has already munched its way through three hard disks.
Until I saw this unit, I thought Topfield were the only manufacturer with a data export facility and given my experience with Topfield, I am loath to invest in another of their units.
The little piece of kit has a lot of connections, but once these are all correctly in place it is quite intuitive to set up. The automatic channel detection works fine, though, as other reviewers mention, the numbers are not consistent with listing magazine values.
The language of the menu is reasonably good English, but the manual is AWFUL. The packaging claims that the firmware can be upgraded, but there is no website given in the manual and an internet search based on the current firmware version information only resulted in websites I felt should be given a wide berth.
Recording does work, and I have managed to record to a USB stick, a CF card and an SD card (the last two via a card reader through the USB port - I have not tried the dedicated SD port as it is hard to reach in the TV Scart socket whereas a card reader can be put somewhere convenient via a USB extension lead.
Although recording is possible, it is not easy: the recording menu is hidden several submenus deep under wake-up timers (it appears that the designers envisaged us leaving our televisions on with a blank screen overnight so that the box can wake us up in the morning with a cheering message).
The wake-up timer in my unit can accept up to 8 entries. Each entry can turn the machine on, turn it off, change channel, give a message, or start a recording. Recordings can be once, daily, weekly, monthly or annually. The annual setting is a little ambitious, since my machine at least holds the wake-up timers in volatile memory and loses everything if the power is interrupted.
There does not appear to be any way of recording via the EPG, so everything needs to be done manually. Another interesting feature is that 'REC' in red background colour appears on the screen throughout recording.
I've not tried playing any media files not recorded on the kit itself, but recorded content playback is very good quality and FF / RW speeds of up to 20x are provided.
Hope this helps.
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Initial post: 11 Mar 2011 19:25:42 GMT
Gadget Lover says:
I managed eventually to record from EPG by highlighting programme and pressing blue button (you have to make sure the wake-up timer is left on recorder)
Posted on 1 Oct 2011 20:20:21 BDT
Rudi Rednose says:
Would be interested to hear from anybody who used an external USB drive to record
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2011 14:41:41 BDT
I covered it in my review. Basically USB pens work with no problems. USB HD drive needs external power and proper formatting.
All the best
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2011 09:58:13 GMT
I have a similar unit bought elsewhere. At the moment it's running on a 1 TB external HDD. The external drive does need it's own dedicated power supply and must be formatted with FAT 32.
FAT 32 is capable of formatting up to 2 TB so this unit should be capable of supporting a HDD of that size, giving you about 1700 hours of recording (it uses about 1.2 GB per hour).
Posted on 23 Dec 2012 12:40:44 GMT
How do you get it to FF/RW? I can jump blocks of time (length varies depending on total length of recorded programme) but I've not managed basic FF/RW. e.g. skip through adverts.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2012 13:15:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Dec 2012 13:24:39 GMT
To the right of the numbers are 2 arrow keys, up and down (below these is the pause). Up key rewinds, down key is FF. Press once for 2x speed. again for 4x, again for 8x and so on to 32x. To drop back to normal speed use the opposite key or the pause key.
Just noticed that my remote is different to the one with this unit. Just look for up & down arrow keys apart from the ones around the 'OK' key.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Dec 2012 10:51:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Dec 2012 10:51:53 GMT
Thanks for the quick reply. My remote has the arrow keys to the right of the numbers and above PAUSE. I've tried them and nothing happens. Frustrating. Suspect it will be going back once the post is back to normal. Happy Christmas.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 20:35:59 GMT
UPDATE: I contacted Digi Fun and explained the problem. They were very helpful and sent a different unit out same day. That arrived today and does everything that is expected of it. (i.e. Record, play, FF, REW pause, EPG, channels in the right order etc.) They also sent a pre-paid return envelope for the original unit. I can't praise them highly enough. Brilliant customer service.
Posted on 23 Dec 2015 13:22:32 GMT
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