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Good: Value for money, large hard drive, ease of use
Bad: Series link unreliable
No problems with noisy fan.
Great to be able to record two channels at the same time.
Clear TV guide with current programme in small window
Kept failing to record programmes on series link - maybe when broadcaster altered start time? Fixed problem by programming manually.
Trimming and editing recorded programmes is clumsy. Can split recordings but not combine, and trimming is tricky to get accurate
Negatives are only small niggles. I would recommend it and would buy again.
Good: Good overall functionality
Bad: system fault
Comment: The rewind live TV facility is unstable and may break down anytime ( in my case after 16 months) due to a buffer problem. The only solution is to reset your hard drive and lose all recorded programmes.
Bad: basic system fault
Comment: The rewind live TV facility is unstable and may break down anytime ( in my case after 16 months) due to a buffer problem well known to the manufacturer. The only solution is to reset your hard drive and lose all recorded programmes.
Comment: The rewind live TV facility is unstable and may break down anytime ( in my case after 16 months) due to a buffer problem well known to the manufacturer. The only solution is to reset your hard drive and lose all recorded programmes. The manufacturer considers this reasonable
Good: Good oveerall functionality
Comment: The rewind live TV facility is unstable and may break down anytime ( in my case after 16 months) due to a buffer problem well known to the manufacturer. The only solution is to reset your hard drive and lose all recorded programmes. The manufacturer considers this reasonable!
Good: does lots of extra (mostly useless) things
Bad: program guide takes three hours to load
Comment: You cannot leave the machine on standby or switch it off without deleting the whole program guide which takes three hours (at least) to load and then at most it only loads about six days if lucky, not the eight quoted in the manual. Not much use if you are in a hurry and want to quickly record something a few days or even hours in advance. Compared to my last cheap PVR this is an absolute shocker.
Comment: Humax 9300t Faults
1. Fails to record at least 12 times, no conflict, no reason.**
a. Records the wrong length for programs by anything over an hour.
b. Misses start of programs.
c. Misses ends of progs.
2. EPG will NEVER EVER populate all channels.**
3. EPG is not always seven days long
4. If chain entered EPG will not remove expired chain, seems to block future recordings.
5. Wrongly flags programs as no chain.
6. Playback locks up, speeds up, jumps, and breaks up.
7. Commercial skip wrecks sound and vision synch**
8. Locks up no response to remote power switch last resort.
a. Locks up while recording, clock stops.
9. Favourites sometimes revert to TV
10. All favourites lost
11. All Schedule lost
12. Gets aspect ratio wrong**
13. Scart overrides all others even when tv powered up.**
14. Ends of recording skip and break up
15. Records program with wrong description.
a. Records program with wrong description and does not stop recording
16. Records same program twice.
17. Wrong start time, length and info.
18. Records program that had already been recorded eighteen hours previously for the second time.
** Still present with sw update
Good: Picture quality, ease of use
Comment: Bought this machine on Wednesday after trying 3 other cheaper Freeview+ boxes and returning all 3. I had read that the fan was noisy and it was! However, having upgraded the firmware using the auto update facility the fan is now almost silent. Everything else about the machine is excellent. It does exactly what its supposed to do and does it brilliantly. I have no hesitation in recommending this product. The menu system is excellent and I had the machine up and running in less than 10 minutes and all without refering to the manual. I've already recorded loads including 2 programs at the same time. Watching recorded programs is the same quality at the original. And the picture-in-picture feature is a great bonus. The remote is easy to use with a good layout. Another tip, buy from John Lewis. At under £180 it's the cheapest on the market and you get free delivery and a 2 year warranty .... bargain.
Good: 70hrs or recording space, no more rewinding or frantically looking for space
Bad: Loud Fan, doesnt run like a video
Comment: I love this PVR. Whether you go away or are busy there is always enough space. You will no longer run around like a headless chicken looking for space, no rewinding or endlessly searching for your programme. There are so many things I love about this machine (far too many to mention).
However, I do find it difficult to comprehend why it is not possible to select several recorded programs to run continuously. My daughters favourite programme is Peppa Pig (on for only 5 mins). So if it takes you 30 mins to cook tea you will run in 6 times during this time to select another episode. AAAAAGH!
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