I went today and had a look at one of these at Sciteq Wangara.
Overall I quite liked the unit. Here's a few pros and cons from what I can remember.
- Costs $399 for 500GB unit even though the web site states $449.
- Stays nice and cool/luke warm to the touch.
- Circular light around the power button changes colour for different functions: Orange when in standby (no display on front panel), Red when recording, Blue all other times.
- Remote control looked and worked well, but some buttons could have been bigger.
- Rear and front USB sockets.
- Menu displays look nice and easy to read.
- Has timer padding.
- Has audio sync function in the menu.
- Fast Forward and rewind reasonably smooth and responsive with a max speed of 32x. (Topfield are better)
- Has chase play. (previous Aust Humax PVR didn't)
- EPG was easy to use and read. Seems to populate reasonably fast from what I saw.
- When setting recording in the EPG, first enter button press brings up options of Series record, Single record or Reminder.
- Single button press to get to recordings list. When a recording is selected you then chose to resume playback, restart playback or delete, and some other functions I can't remember..
- Can continue to play files etc while copying to USB drive.
- You can review past EPG data. Not sure how far back you can go, I only tried a few hours.
- When fast forwarding or rewinding a progress bar appears, but it stays onscreen for 30 seconds before it disappears. You can press exit if you don't want to wait.
- Timer padding only goes to 20 minutes max and you can only set it to a few preselected times. eg. 3 min, 5 min, 10 min, 20 min (from memory).
- Wireless dongle sold separately. I didn't ask the price.
- Red front display harder to read than other colours.
- No apprarent progress indicator when copying to usb drive.
- Some functions seem to be slowed down a lot while copying is in progress, although playback functions seemed normal.
- When recording 2 consecutive programs via the EPG, the second program starts recording before the first has finished, even though no padding was set. I'm not sure how long but seemed like a couple of minutes. Therefore when the second recording starts both tuners are in use until the first recording ends. Conversly, when I tried recording channels 1 and 10 from the EPG at the same time, it seemed to only use one tuner so you could watch another channel but not record another channel.
- Recordings copied to USB drive won't play back on my PC. Drive looks like it's reading data but I get no picture or sound in any media player I've tried so far.
- Panning was quite jerky and sometimes the picture looked extremely interlaced. Was connected via HDMI 1080i. I don't know if this was caused by the TV or the PVR. TV was a Samsung LCD. Model unknown.
I'll add more to these lists if and when I remember something else.
Edited by rpant, 26 August 2011 - 07:37 PM.