Freesat UHD-X 4K TV Box review

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84%

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verdict: A simple, solid set-top box that’s ready for 4K

This Best Buy 4K set-top box can absolutely hold its own and is a great choice for anyone who needs to pick up free SD, HD and one day 4K channels via satellite.

Pros
  • Great picture and sound quality
  • Simple to set up
  • Easy to catch up on shows you’ve missed in the electronic programme guide
Cons
  • Poor remote
  • No All 4
  • No way to download more apps

Manhattan T3 review

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80%

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 verdict: One of the best

Yes it’s a bit pricier than your average set-top box, but it’s comfortably one of the best models on the market. Features are plentiful, but it doesn’t make the device difficult to use and the picture quality is top-notch.

Pros
  • Great picture and sound
  • 4K output
  • Catch-up apps and Freeview Play
  • Easy to set up and use
Cons
  • Some features could be better explained

Freesat UHD-4X 4K PVR – 1TB review

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77%

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  • PVR
  • 1000GB

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verdict: A great option for anyone looking to ditch their Sky subscription

It’s a wonderful PVR with plenty of hard drive space, access to apps and an easy to use interface. What more could you ask for?

Pros
  • Plenty of hard drive space
  • Easy to set and watch recordings
  • Good picture and sound
Cons
  • Remote is a bit small
  • Only two useable tuners unless you have wideband LNB on your satellite then you can use four
  • Missing All 4 and Amazon Prime Video

Humax HDR-1800T review

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74%

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  • PVR
  • 320GB

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 verdict: Excellent recording features

Humax has delivered yet again – the HDR-1800T is a great all-rounder and a Best Buy. The electronic programme guide (EPG) is well laid out and easy to use, and has a host of Freeview recording features, including series link and trailer booking, which allows you to schedule a programme to record during a trailer for that programme.

Pros
  • Great picture
  • Easy to navigate
  • Stylish
  • Good recording features
Cons
  • Wi-fi connectivity not built in
  • Limited number of on-demand services

Sky Q 2TB (Silver) review

£199.00Typical price

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74%

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  • PVR
  • 2048GB

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 verdict: Feels like next gen TV

Sky has clearly taken on a lot of customer feedback with its latest version of the Sky box and, while it’s stuffed with bells and whistles, it also gets the basics right. As for whether or not you should upgrade, that depends on how sold you are on Sky’s ‘fluid viewing’ concept (resuming with shows in different rooms, and the ability to store recordings to watch offline). Those who are will be more than happy. This review was updated on October 12th 2016 to reflect further testing of its 4K capability.

Pros
  • ‘Fluid viewing’ feels very next gen
Cons
  • New users might be bamboozled by options

Panasonic DMR-EX97EB-K review

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72%

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  • PVR
  • 500GB

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 verdict: Great for archivists

There’s a lot going on here, and the DMR-EX97EB-K ticks all the right boxes to provide an all- encompassing TV box that should keep you happy for years. Not everyone will want all the features, but it’s a great choice if you’re after a PVR with DVD recorder.

Pros
  • Packed with features
  • Handles them all well
Cons
  • Manual is overwhelming

Manhattan T3-R 500GB review

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71%

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  • PVR
  • 500GB

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 verdict: Advanced and accomplished

The T2-R PVR left us cold, but its successor is much better. Picture and sound quality is top-notch and it’s mostly easy to use.

Pros
  • Won’t negatively affect the picture and sound from your TV
  • Easy to set up
  • Simple to set recordings
  • Catch-up apps are available
Cons
  • Lack of Netflix and Amazon Prime doesn’t capitalise on 4K abilities
  • Not enough information on EPG

Humax FVP-5000T review

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70%

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  • PVR
  • 1000GB

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 verdict: A fine, premium option

It may not be the best PVR we’ve ever tested, but it’s certainly right up there. The inclusion of the Netflix app is a welcome inclusion on a product struggling to retain relevance in the era of smart TV, and its ability to connect to the H3 Espresso and the Eye smart home camera is impressive. Combine that with the choice of up to a 2TB hard drive and you have a nice, if expensive, option.

Pros
  • Feature-rich
  • Great picture and sound
  • Record four channels while viewing a fifth
Cons
  • Unimpressive EPG
  • Uncomfortable remote
  • Very pricey

Humax Aura 1TB review

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69%

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  • PVR
  • 1000GB

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verdict: A mostly successful debut for Android TV on PVRs

We like the Aura, but it’s not without issues. The electronic programme guide is fiddly, and its list of supported apps isn’t as comprehensive as we’d like.

Pros
  • Good picture and sound
  • Can record up to five shows at once
  • Nice list of extra features
Cons
  • EPG is fiddly
  • Could be confusing to use for some

TalkTalk YouView (Huawei DN360T) review

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68%

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verdict: Too unreliable to recommend

The TalkTalk YouView box did fairly well in our tests. Unfortunately, due to its terrible reliability rating we can’t recommend this PVR.

Pros
  • Free with Essentials TV package
  • Pause and rewind feature
Cons
  • Not available as a standalone device
  • No wireless internet connection

Freesat UHD-X 4K TV Box review

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84%

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  • Set-top box

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 verdict: A simple, solid set-top box that’s ready for 4K

This Best Buy 4K set-top box can absolutely hold its own and is a great choice for anyone who needs to pick up free SD, HD and one day 4K channels via satellite.

Pros
  • Great picture and sound quality
  • Simple to set up
  • Easy to catch up on shows you’ve missed in the electronic programme guide
Cons
  • Poor remote
  • No All 4
  • No way to download more apps

Manhattan T1 review

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67%

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 verdict: A cheap, no-frills set-top box

Yes, the Manhattan T1 is very simple, but it does its basic job well enough. Those looking for something a little more advanced should consider an alternative, though.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Great sound and picture quality
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Lack of features
  • Remote could be better designed

Manhattan SX review

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66%

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 verdict: Simple but effective

We were very impressed with this little box’s picture and sound quality, and it’s straightforward to set up and use. If you’re looking for a simple set-top box without smart capability, this one is worth a look.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Great sound and picture quality
  • Low power use
Cons
  • No smart features
  • Remote could be better

Virgin Media V6 Box review

£65.00Typical price

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64%

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  • PVR
  • 1000GB

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 verdict: A great way to watch 4K

It may not be our highest-scoring subscription set-top box, but it’s a huge improvement for Virgin Media and will no doubt be welcomed by new customers and those who choose to upgrade. The 4K picture quality is fantastic, and the box has some useful features. If you’re tempted by a Virgin Media TV subscription, the box should no longer be a deterrent – in fact, it’s very nice indeed.

Pros
  • 4K looks great
  • Loads of handy features
Cons
  • Confusing menus and remote

Panasonic DMR-HWT250EB review

£230.00Typical price

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63%

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  • PVR
  • 1000GB

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verdict: Should do better

It’s not bad, but it’s far from the best PVR you can get for the money.

Pros
  • Easy to set recordings from an app
  • Great picture and sound quality
Cons
  • Clunky electronic programme guide
  • Menus can be daunting to navigate
  • Fewer tuners than rivals

Panasonic DMR-HWT150EB review

£199.00Typical price

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62%

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  • PVR
  • 500GB

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 verdict: Not your best option

It’s a decent streamer, but a high price and fiddly interface means this isn’t the one we reckon you should go for.

Pros
  • Easy to set recordings from an app
  • Great picture and sound
Cons
  • Clunky electronic programme guide
  • Menus can be daunting to navigate
  • Fewer tuners than rivals

Manhattan T2-R review

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60%

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  • PVR
  • 500GB

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 verdict: A simple, solid PVR

It’s not far off the pace thanks to its exemplary picture and sound, but it’s not the easiest PVR to use and that’s why it isn’t quite a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Top-notch picture and sound quality
  • Easy to set up
  • EPG is well designed and easy to understand
Cons
  • Manual gives incorrect information on what button does what
  • Remote is a bit too big
  • No smart features
  • Not enough information displayed in the EPG