It’s seems as though Humax has been churning out Freeview recorders since the dawn of time, or at least since the non-subscription based Personal Video Recorder started to become a mainstream product.
Design & Connections
The HDR-2000T is probably a little smaller than it looks from the shots and it’s not something we’d describe as much of a looker. It’s a very simple black box with a mirrored flash across the facia with some basic controls embossed thereupon.
The included remote is identical in form to a few that have gone before it with a design that’s curved in at the middle to make it easier to hold. We actually think it’s quite attractive although some of the text printed out on the buttons – TV Portal and REC, in particular – doesn’t stand out very well.
Menus & EPG
The Settings submenu lets you set various preferences including those for recording parameters, your display type and resolution, plus some audio options including lip-synch and multi-channel via the S/PDIF output. The System Menu lets you check on the network and signal status as well as permitting the management of the built in storage.
- Very easy to use
- Recording reliability is excellent
- Flexible recording and viewing options
- DLNA rendering is really useful
- Great picture qulaity
- Lack of VoD services
Humax HDR-2000T Freeview HD+ PVR Review
This is the first Freeview HD PVR to provide access to their new App store. For an emerging platform the range of apps and services is not bad and includes BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Wikipedia and Twitter amongst the highlights. There's a distinct shortage of VoD and streaming services, at present, but hopefully Humax is working behind the scenes to bring us more.
Possibly the best feature built in to the 2000-T is its capability to stream recordings from off its HDD to other devices boasting DLNA compatibility. In effect, if you have something that fits the bill situated in another room, it gives you a two-for-one PVR.
And what an excellent PVR it is. There are lots of nice touches, such as being able to set global record padding, to prevent you missing the beginning or end of something and customisable time skipping so you don't have to watch the ad's. You can also create folders to prevent your recordings from getting cluttered on-screen and picture quality is also top-notch.
Of course, it does all the stuff you would expect, too, and setting recordings, whether single or series, really is the proverbial child's play and the interface is always on hand should you run into recording clashes or forget (how could you?) that something was available in HD.
All in all, the HDR-2000T stands up as proof that Humax has been producing quality Freeview recorders for years and it's a device that will keep experienced users just as happy as first-time PVR buyers. There are certain interface decisions we would question and the app store could do with an injection of quality content but it still comes Highly Recommended.
Ease of Use Menus/GUI
Picture Quality HD
Picture Quality SD
Value for Money
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