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Good: Dual tuners and 7 day EPG make recording easy
Bad: Keeps freezing, misses start and end of programmes when recording from the EPG, can be noisy
Comment: What I like about this machine is the dual tuners that allow you to record two things whilst watching something else. Also I love being able to use the EPG to set recordings instead of going through a Timer Rec menu. However these are general features of this type of device and not specific to the Panasonic.
What I don't like about this machine is the fact that I have had it for about 6 weeks now and it has crashed at least once a week. I have missed the end of recordings, which defeats the point if it's the results show that you've taped. Other things I don't like, it's slow to start up, there's about a second delay between pressing a button on the remote and anything happening and it's noisy when the fan kicks in.
Why, when PC technology is so advanced is PVR technology so far behind? Granted it's much neweer but this Panny has been out for at least 18 months now, why isn't there a new one on the market yet? Why don't Panasonic offer OTA software upgrades to correct the problems?
I'm going to try to sell this on ebay and get a Humax PVR. Believe the reviews and don't buy this machine, even if it is discounted. It's not worth it and it will drive you mad!
Good: Good picture and sound, ease of programming from epg
Bad: Fiddly Remote, Hard Disc whine, sound and picture off when viewing epg, freezing and crashes too often
Comment: A good attempt but could be so much better. Remote is a disaster with typical Japanese tiny buttons with meaningless titles - suggest Panasonic take a look at Sky remote. Hard Disc whine is annoying as well as the need to pull the plug out and reconnect it to restore control when it freezes. Having seen other PVRs, it is clear the Panasonic is very sluggish to react to remote commands. Altogether not an easy product to live with and will be replaced as soon as funds permit.
Good: The recording set-up is good - highlight the programme on the EPG and press "OK" - simple!
Bad: Frequent lock-up, loss of EPG with BBC channels, cuts off the end of recordings.
Comment: Forget Panasonic - get a Topfield or Humax.
Good: Twin tuners, ease of use
Bad: Loss of EPG for the BBC channels, erroneous new service banner, freezes up at times, does not always record the end of the recording
Comment: This is my second TUCTH100 (a replacement from John Lewis Plc). Both units had the same faults. When I return it to them, I'll be asking for another make. I wouldn't even recommend this P.O.S. to Osama bin Laden!
Good: Large hard drive
Bad: Difficult to use and keeps breaking
Comment: Very poor quality, not what I expect from Panasonic. I have already had it replaced once because it froze up and stopped working even after I unplugged it and last night it broke again. The menu system is really hard to use, very unintuitive and slow. I'll be returning it and getting something else.
Good: SMALL SILVER BOX WITH TIME OF FRONT PANEL
Bad: OPERATING SOFTWARE WHICH MAKES THE UNIT UNFIT FOR ITS PURPOSE - NO TUNER RECORDINGS POSSIBLE - DAILY CRASH - STANDBY MODE
Comment: PANASONIC SHOULD NEVER HAVE RELEASED THIS PRODUCT UNTIL THEY PROPERLY TESTED THE SOFTWARE. THEY HAVE CANCELLED TWO OTA SW UPGRADES RECENTLY BECAUSE THEY CAN NOT GET IT TO WORK PROPERLY WITH THE EXISTING BUGS.
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