Written on: 04/04/2007 by Metal Mickey (1 review written)
Excellent picture quality. Very user friendly interface. Tons of useful little features. Large capacity. Very reliable recording timer.
The games and mp3 features are pretty much useless to me, but they don't detract from any of the other operations. It would be good if the EPG data remained in memory when the machine went into standby, it only takes a minute for the data to reload again though.
I haven't had any experience of other Freeview PVRs but I do use Sky+ a lot in my job. I can confidently say that this is a much, much better way of watching and recording television. It has all the good features of Sky+ and does them all much better. The one touch recording from the EPG works perfectly and it's very easy to find a programme that you want to record in the schedule using the keyword search feature.
When using the EPG, the current TV channel remains displayed in a box - meaning that you can check what's coming up on other channels without disrupting the viewing for other people in the room.
A single click of a button on the remote will overlay a list of all the programmes that you have already recorded, so you can easily choose something good to watch.
The Humax 9200T doesn't currently support series linking but, to be honest, this is an unreliable way of recording programmes on Sky+ anyway. You're much better off using the Humax's daily/weekly repeat function. Series linking is coming to Freeview soon and there may well be a software update from Humax to add support for this.
Which brings me to another good reason to recommend this model. Since releasing the 9200T, Humax have continued to support it with over the air software updates. Each one of these has improved the functionality of the box and elevated it from a good purchase at release to an excellent one now.
One last point for the more technically minded. The 9200T has a USB port for easy connection to a PC or other device. Ostensibly this is so that you can transfer songs and pictures to the PVR, but an interesting bonus is that you can transfer programmes you have recorded from the PVR to your PC for burning to DVD or converting to a format for viewing on your iPod or PSP.
So, in summary, nice.