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Worth Every Penny,
This review is from: Archos AV700TV 40GB Mobile Digital TV Recorder (Electronics)
When I ordered this for our tiny kitchen hubby said it wouldn't be any good, total waste of money etc (can't actually put what he said really or there would be a blank page). Owned it for over six months now and my how he's had to eat his words. When it arrived it took me no more than 20mins and a coffee - 10mins of that reading manual/drinking coffee - and I was watching freeview tv in our kitchen with a crystal clear picture and some channels that were not even showing on our old freeview box in the livingroom! The initial scan for channels took approx 2mins. When he came in from work I wish I had thought to get out the camera because his face was a picture - after oooing and haaaing for several minutes he finally admitted that it was amazing. The screen is very clear and the freeview signal is excellent. The menus are very intuitive and there is on-screen help if you need it. You can record anything you see on freeview with the touch of one button. One thing I would point out is that if you like very loud tv then you will need to purchase portable speakers. We are happy with the sound level at home but when we are away we bought a very small portable set of fold-up aigo speakers which just use the headset plug in the top of the AV700. We have taken it from Scotland to Norfolk, and inbetween, in the past six months and everywhere we've gone there has been no problem with scanning freeview in again. The machine gives you the option of saving several of your scans so you can just key in the scan number if you go back to a location and the freeview works instantly. We've even taken it on the canals and found that ninety percent of the time it works fine even though you are moving constantly. We also bought the hub that allows you to record dvd's onto the machine which we've found invaluable while we are away. Hubby records several dvds and then while we are away if there is nothing on the tv we can watch them. The only problem we found is that we argue over who uses it for what. Another 'cannot fault' item. Worth every single penny to us because we use it more than we use our main LCD tv!