You Could Quit Renting A DVR
Pros: This little box does what it claims. It is an effective stand alone recording device. The only thing that you need buy is a 2.5" SATA II hard drive that has a capacity of up to 2 TB. It will format the internal hard drive with a few easy steps. All of the necessary cables are included in the package. If you can connect your TV to your cable box, you can figure out how to hook this up. It will also let you transfer unencrypted files to an external hard drive via a USB 2.0 port.
Cons: There are some shortcomings, some that are obvious and some that are subtle. The brains of this operation are slow and the graphics on this puppy are, to be charitable, primitive. There are also no number keys on the remote, which means that you must use the up and down arrows for everything. It will not format an external hard drive. There is some degradation of quality, but it's mostly because of a slow frame rate. This uses an IR blaster, like every other device of its type, to talk to a set top box. So, you can't watch one channel and record another. The device records files in an unusual format - .AVI H.264 video/MP-3 audio that makes saving recordings to disc somewhat problematic. Also, transferring files to an external hard drive via USB is a slow process.
Other Thoughts: I bought this and a 320 GB hard drive here at Newegg for $200.00. The hard drive is large enough to yield 45 hours of record time at the best recording quality. The component out from my FIOS box is 720P, so there is some quality degradation from that. Somewhere in the users manual it claims that there is a utility program on their web site that will allow this to record in H.264 video / MP-4 audio, but it is a dead link. If your primary mission is to watch your favorite shows on a time shift, this thing works very well. But, if you want to turn your video recordings into DVD's or Blu-Ray's, there are better solutions available. However, they all require a computer.
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Pros: Enfin un enregistreur HD pour la maison à prix abordable. Simple d'utilisation, fiable, très bonne qualité d'images même en basse qualité (je ne vois pas la différence avec la haute sur TV 42pc). Se branche dans le terminal du cablodistributeur sans perte de qualité.
Cons: Telecommande ne marche pas très bien lorsque c'est mal éclairer dans la pièce.
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