Twin digital tuners and a 250GB hard drive, and all for under £180. Is this Freeview+ PVR too good to be true?
Is your AV rack full to brimming? Well, if you're still in need of a well-specified PVR, the TVonics DTR-FP2500 may be just the thing. The squashed profile makes a change from the more usual boxy designs and frees up some precious space under your TV.
Cleverly, the TVonics has twin digital tuners, allowing you to record one programme while you watch another – which is unusual at the price. It has a 250GB hard drive capable of storing up to 125 hours of digital TV, and is Freeview+ certified. There's no HDMI-out, though, so connection-wise you have to settle for Scart.
This Freeview+ certification means the box has reached a certain level of standard and functionality in the eyes of the powers that be at Freeview, including an eight-day EPG and the ability to set an entire TV series to record. It's also capable of making automatic updates to schedule changes.
Sharp, solid images
Setting up and getting familiar with the interface and remote is a simple process, and you'll soon be enjoying the TV's tuner.
On Sky Sports News, the movement is solid and bright, colours are vivid and levels of detail are good. It's sharp and clean, too, putting some class-leading TVs (albeit not those with the best tuners) to shame.
Sonically it's all OK (but no more), with recordings proving satisfying. It's easy to set one-touch recordings in motion, or use the EPG to programme content. Faithful results are every bit as enjoyable as the live action.
Bags of hard disk space, fine TV performance, copycat recordings and easy to use – there's little to fault in this TVonics PVR.
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A great value PVR that combines the required functionality with top-notch performance
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