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Humax HDR-FOX T2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 300
inc VAT

Packed with features, but still an expensive purchase considering the limited number of HD broadcasts. However, this is the best Freeview HD PVR around, and also has iPlayer built-in.

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There are a few problems which prevent the HDR-FOX T2 winning an award, however. One is the poor screen, which is almost illegible unless you’re very close to the box. Previous blue screens were better, but the dim orange/red display here is too small, dim and cluttered. A more serious gripe is the relatively disappointing upscaling of standard definition broadcasts. Compared with an old PVR-9200T using RGB scart, the HDR-FOX T2’s image on BBC News is softer and text looks fuzzier. Of course, quality is partially down to the TV’s upscaling capabilities, but since the HDR-FOX T2 doesn’t switch between 576i and 1080p when you change channels, you have to leave it at 1080p for the HD channels and rely on its upscaling for SD channels.

HDR-FOX T2 remote

Although we like the remote control, the playback buttons (above the coloured buttons) are very small compared to older models and, finally, there are no editing facilities to chop recordings to keep only the portion you want. This means extra storage space is used up.

On the whole, the HDR-FOX T2 compares well with Virgin and Sky’s boxes, so if you’re desperate for HD and don’t want a subscription, this is the best choice. It’s still very expensive, but it’s worth the premium over other Freeview HD PVRs.

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Details

Rating ****

Features

Analogue tuners 0
Digital tuners 2
Hybrid tuners 0
Radio Freeview
EPG days 8
Dual-channel recording yes
Series link yes
Teletext (analogue/digital) digital
Certified Freeview Playback yes
Picture in Picture no
Interactive content support yes

Connections

Analogue tuner RF inputs 0
Digital tuner RF inputs 1
Hybrid tuner RF inputs 0
RF passthrough sockets 1
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 0
Output resolutions 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 1
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 1
Stereo phono inputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1
Surround sound formats Dolby Digital Pulse
Other ports 2x USB, Ethernet

Storage

Capacity 500GB
Optical drive no
Optical drive type N/A
Audio playback formats MP3
Image viewing formats JPEG

General

Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 22W
Extras SCART cable, HDMI cable, remote control
Size 380x252x55mm

Buying Information

Price £300
Warranty two years RTB
Supplier http://direct.tesco.com
Details www.humaxdigital.co.uk

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