Freeview with Hard Drive - Best User Interface

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  1. milanlad

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    I'm on the search for a hard drive freeview box which is easy to use and has a decent user interface. Budget around £200 to £250.

    This is for someone who is not tech savy.

    Many thanks
     
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    Although its a techies favourite, take a look at the Topfield 5800, the EPG is bright, clear, and a doddle and my G/F is a big fan..
     
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    Why not get a Panny EX75? User interface is great, and you get the added bonus of a DVD player!

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    The Topfield TF5800 (both 160GB and 250GB models either black/silver have appeared in a clearance items email sent to me via SVP today :

    http://svp.co.uk/products-solo.php?pid=2991

    I have a Topfield 160GB model (silver) and two Humax 9200T models plus various others. Personally I prefer using the Humax machines, however either would suit your budget.
     
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    The standard user interface on the Topfield is very poor. But it has the capability to install software written by enthusiasts which can give you a user interface that is probably better than any other Freeview PVR. However, that means a bit of fiddling around, and the Topfield also has a few irratating problems. From what you say, it sounds like you'd probably be better off with a Humax 9200, though I haven't used one of those myself.

    Note that you have a choice between a twin-tuner PVR (like the Topfield and Humax) or a DVD recorder with hard disk, which can only record one thing at a time, but can also record to (and play) DVDs.
     
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    i have a humax and i think the user interface is terrible

    my mate has a sagem or something that is much better


    ash .
     
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    Hardly a clearance bargain - these appear to be the standard prices - even local Curry has the 250gb for this price.
     
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    Hi. Any chance you could explain what you prefer about the Humax machines over the Topfield. I have been trying to decide between these two for the last few months and I still can't make my mind up!

    Thanks.
     
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    No particular reason although to get the most from the Topfield you have to install various taps and I'm afraid I just cannot be bothered doing this.

    Once you are used to the Humax 9200T it's simplicity itself to operate although the remote could have been better. I use the remote at an angle pointed to bounce off the ceiling - pointing it direct doesn't work.

    The buttons on the Topfield remote are too close together.

    It's my own preference that I prefer using the Humax machines. It may not be yours. To decide you really would need to have BOTH machines.
     
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    They are listed in their newsletter as "other Hardware Essentials reduced"

    http://www.svpserver.com/archive/2007/sep_04.htm

    I did not say it was a price comparison, although it is considerably cheaper than what I paid for my Topfield a couple of years ago.
     
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    Thanks for your reply. It would be nice to have both machines to try but I'm not sure I'm feeling that extravagent! I think I'll have to put both names in a hat and pull one out. I dare say I'll decide eventually.
     

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