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★☆☆☆☆

“Bought so that we could try the TopUp TV service...”

Written on: 10/11/2008 by BeezaMark (6 reviews written)

Good Points
Good quality hard drive recording facility.

Bad Points
No picture in picture when using menus. Fast forward/rewind is more like Russian Roullette. Noisy cooling fan and high power consumption. Occasional corrupted/unviewable recordings. Occasionally has to be rebooted after screen freezes.

General Comments
Bought so that we could try the TopUp TV service (which we binned after 3 weeks) and to rerplace our ageing VCR. After almost a year we're converted to the ease of hard disk recording. However, the Thomson is too full of faults to stay in our lounge. The noisy cooling fan runs all the time, even when the unit is on standby. The screen freezes from time to time, requiring the unit to be unplugged and rebooted before it will work again. Trying to fast forward through ad breaks often results in the unit taking you to the beginning of the of the last section of programme you were watching. Some recordings throw up a "Corrupted" error message when you try to view them. We're tired of the niggling faults (and the built-in TopUp TV advertising) and will be buying another hard disk recorder for ourselves this Christmas.