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Technika STBHDH2010 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £30
inc VAT

Standard definition video quality isn't the best, but thanks to the HD channels, the STBHDH2010 is excellent value.

Technika is a brand exclusive to Tesco and is aimed at the cost conscious buyer, rather than those that want the best money can buy. The STBHDH2010 has neither a memorable name nor good looks, but its low price is sure to tempt anyone wanting to watch Freeview HD channels as cheaply as possible.

The tiny box has a single DVB-T2 tuner inside and has no recording capabilities whatsoever. It’s purely a playback device that allows you to tune into live Freeview broadcasts. Despite the low price, it has several features you wouldn’t expect. One is the 1m HDMI cable bundled in the box – this could save you a few quid more, and is far more convenient than buying one separately.

Technika STBHDH2010 ports

On the rear panel, you’ll also find USB and Ethernet ports in addition to the HDMI output, two scart sockets and an optical S/PDIF output (surround sound can be output via this or HDMI). Sadly the Ethernet port is ‘for future use’ and the USB port is currently only for firmware upgrades. However, it means Technika could roll out internet services such as iPlayer.

At the front, there’s a single blue LED to indicate whether the box is on or not – the rest of the display is shown on your TV screen. Surprisingly, the interface is better than many well-known brands. When you first connect the box, you’re asked to choose between a 16:9 and 4:3 display, a resolution (up to 1080p) and then a channel search is carried out.

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Rating ****
Award Budget Buy


Analogue tuners 0
Hybrid tuners 0
Dual-channel recording no
Series link no
Certified Freeview Playback no
Picture in Picture no
Interactive content support yes


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
Total SCART sockets 2
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 0
Stereo phono inputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1


Optical drive no


Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 8W
Size 255x155x40mmmm

Buying Information

Price £30
Warranty one-year RTB

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