Ever since it's announcement at the Anga Com in 2012 the VU+ Duo2 has become one of the most eagerly awaited satellite receivers there has ever been. There's always a great sense of excitement when a new technical bit of kit gets launched but for the Duo2, there really has been a palpable build of tension and anticipation like no other. The clamour for this machine leading up to launch has literally reached fever pitch and you may well ask why all the excitement? Well, simply put the Duo2 comes to market with a set of features that potentially make it set to be the be all and end all of Linux satellite receivers. There was never any fear that the Duo2 was going to be a chump or a chimp but was this machine really going to have what it takes to make it as a champ ? Given its pedigree VU+ have built their success upon every machine they have released. They just seem to nail it every time. The rest as they say is history and the VU+ brand has gone from strength to strength into now being recognised as one of the worlds premium satellite brands. The original Duo was a quite remarkable machine and its launch some 4 years ago spearheaded VU+'s entry onto the satellite scene. It wasn't long that the once young pretender was felt to be punching well above its weight. Comparisons were even drawn against the highly rated Dream Multimedia DM8000. The daddy that was. The venerable DM8000 however, remained the superior and by far the more flexible machine. The Duo on the other hand was aggressively priced and immediately gained third party and developers support. No wonder then enthusiasts took an instant shine to it as well. The Duo became hugely successful and to this day remains a stalwart twin tuner receiver. Before we start on the Duo2, let's iron out some naming conventions. The Duo name is essentially the only hand me down from the original to this new machine. The Duo2 now becomes the flagship of the VU+ range and leapfrogs the Ultimo. The Duo2's little brethren the Solo2 has then effectively replaced the niche the original Duo once had. Phew! Is that all clear? Good, let's move on... Now, it may sound a bit shallow but in today's day and age first impressions count and first impressions are the Duo2 has gravitas, serious gravitas. This is a street fighter that's come dressed to impress and out to cause major distress. Yes sir, we are talking heavyweight championship of the satellite world and the Duo2 has come every bit as hungry to claim the undisputed crown. VU+ presents you the Duo2. Let's find out more now shall we. The Duo2 comes safely packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard box Everything is packed both professionally and securely. This is very much the VU+ way The machine is a bundled with a generous set of accessories and everything is included to get you started and on your way. The Duo2 looks every bit as slick a piece of kit as you could wish to own. The front Gloss styling is similar finish in kind to that of the Solo2 and the Ultimo. The front panel being dominated by the LCD screen on the left hand side, a centrally placed VFD and a drop down flap on the right. It is also important to note here that the Duo2 moves away from the touch sensitive buttons of the Ultimo and Solo2. This is somewhat surprising as this was becoming a regular VU+ feature? In fact there are no visible buttons of any sort. The only button on the front is a physical standby located behind the drop down flap. Here you will also find a USB 2.0 slot, 2x DVB CI slots and 2x X-crypt Smart Card reader slots. The main casing itself has a matt black finish to it. The glossy fingerprint magnet the Ultimo had has gone. Just as well because the Duo2 is a hands on machine. From a top view you can see two venting areas. The one on the front left is directly above where the HDD would be situated. The one towards the rear on the right is where the tuners and Wi-Fi slot is located. At the rear you will see the all important connectivity. As you can see it's a busy rear panel and there's plenty here to keep you well connected. Some may wonder why include scart and composite connectors on such a high end machine. Perhaps there's too much? No, there is simply no point skimping on connectors.