Written on: 11/10/2009 by huggybearman (2 reviews written)
It freezes all the time.An absolute piece of rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2009
I've had this Goodmans GDB3 box for 2 years now and had no issues at all with it. I've also bought one for my parents and theirs is ok too.
In fact I've been looking for another one but they only appear to be available on eBay these days. (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2009
I have had a Goodmans GDB3 for around two years now, and the only thing that's happened to it is that the red button on the remote doesn't work. Not great for some text services, but I can still press the Text button to bring it up as on most channels Text and the red button do the same thing.
The firmware on this box is a generic one I've seen on numerous other boxes - nothing special there. The EPG is decent, albeit a tad unresponsive at times.
The box may, on occassion, switch itself... (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2009
I have several DTT boxes around the house from various manufacturers - one dating back to the inception of the service. All work fine.
I bought this Goodmans GDB3 for my son to take to uni and had the same problems as listed elsewhere here, switching off, freezing etc. As this device has been on sale for so long both Goodmans/Alba and the retailers must be well aware of the problems but continued to push them out.
Customer service appears to me to be non-existent and the comment elsewhere... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2009
Our Goodmans GDB3 box has worked fine for the first 4 months we have had it. However, for some reason, only two of the buttons on the remote now work, and several channels such as e4, itv and itv2 do not work at all. I have 2 other freeview box's which work perfectly well. It just appears that this is a very poor quality box. (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2008
After reading all the other comments I have saved myself money by not calling an engineer to look at aerial, I know where the problem is, its that little silver box with GOODMANS WRITTEN ON IT, so its off to the shops for a new one. Do not recommend Goodmans GDB3 freeview box. (read more)
Written on: 23/06/2008
It seems to be typical of modern Goodmans products - poorly designed and executed. It is a pity the name once renowned for quality products is, now, associated with virtual rubbish. (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2008
Goodmans GDB3 is idiot proof. For the money, fab! Sometimes looses chanels (read more)
Written on: 20/03/2007 by Stevepick (2 reviews written)
I should have taken it back for a refund before the guarantee expired (read more)
Written on: 24/10/2006 by presdeed (2 reviews written)
Originally posted review on the 12th April 2005, as the Goodmans GDB3 box didn't work properly. Usual thing turns itself off, looses channels, etc. Since then, I have contacted Goodmans asking why they are still selling the units through Argos, etc., when they know they have an inherent problem with the software. Apparently it's not their fault, it's the BBC's - work that one out. Requested I send the unit back to them for a software upgrade, which I did at the end of April 2005, but unit... (read more)
Written on: 11/08/2006 by gurnardplayer (1 review written)
The Goodmans GDB3 is cheap gear and the old saying you get what you pay for in this case is true. I have read various reviews and we all seem to have the same faults, Argos has replaced mine twice with no argument but it is still a pain. Im surprised Goodmans never recalled the model and sorted the problem. (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2006 by Ricky1948 (1 review written)
Although the Goodmans GDB3 box provided a sharper picture than analogue, the picture appearance quality was poor. It lacked strength of colour and looked as if it needed contrast adjustment. However, this is not possible. However, I was fairly happy, and bought one for my mother in law. On setting it up, found that a number of channels would not display in widescreen format, some would switch constantly between widescreen and 4:3 and some stayed in widescreen all the time. Efforts to obtain... (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2006 by martinsheppard43 (10 reviews written)
When I bought the Goodmans GDB3 freeview box it was already outdated. I was told that you could get it upgraded on the internet, and I searched for ages to find that the upgrade was from an independent source. Goodmans attitude was basically "well buy a GDB 4 and don't bother upgrading". So I persisted with the stupid thing constantly freezing and wiping out preset channels for a further 3 months.
I have never had so much trouble with electrical goods. Goodmans were totally uncommitted to... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2006 by carlos777uk (22 reviews written)
The Goodmans GDB3 freeview boxes cheap and basic, but it is missing vital 'favourites' feature of other boxes, which means long channel hopping to watch what you want!
I took this box back as it unfortunately developed a sound problem. I was gutted I'd not got a favourite channels store (and sort into order) feature. I couldn't believe it!
The picture would also lag more than my old Thomson, but then you get what you pay for. (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2006 by BikeGuy01 (8 reviews written)
As soon as I plugged the Goodmans GDB3 freeview box in, I realised I had made a big mistake! I channel surfed in vain. There was none of the channels that I actually wanted, except re-runs of countdown and the Sweeney! In summary, not recommended. (read more)
Written on: 01/05/2006 by joe111
Overall, the Goodmans GDB3 freeview box is not worth the money, and Goodmans should do some more research or something. The box seemed fine when I bought it, but then it suddenly started turning itself off and the remote kept not working. (read more)
Written on: 24/01/2006 by hubby2006
I bought the Goodmans GDB3 freeview box 8 months ago. It now switches itself off every couple of minutes. I bought the latest model about 2 weeks ago, and it switched itself off and wouldn't come back on, so I went and got my money back. (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2005 by unknown15 (7 reviews written)
The Goodmans GDB3 is our first digital freeview receiver box, and we are pretty satisfied with this. It is very easy to use, and also updates itself automatically with new channels.
There is no problem installing it, and multiple scart sockets at the back mean you can use a VCR to record from it. It was bought for £39.99.
This box has plenty of features! (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2005 by Topxcoach
The Goodmans GDB3 freeview box switches itself on and off, and has done for the past 2 years. John Lewis told us that it was due to erratic signal of digital transmissions. It appears this may not be so. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2005 by Jonny r
Having had the Goodmans GDB3 freeview box for 18 months, and spent a small fortune having the aerial upgraded and boosted, only to realise the problem all along is with the set-top box. The box switches itself on and off constantly. It freezes all the time, and loses channels that are installed etc. Goodmans told me this because my box has not upgraded its software. I can send the box to them for upgrading, at my my own expense!! I don't think so. I think the best place for this Goodmans... (read more)
Written on: 27/11/2005 by MartinLondon1977 (1 review written)
We brought two Goodmans GDB3 Freeview boxes together on the Saturday. When we got them out of the box everything seemed fine until the picture quality on my box broke up on some of the channels, notably ITV1, Channel 4, and many others. We tweaked around, thinking that the aerial connection may have something to do with it (we brought a Sagem Freeveiw box initially becuase of the poor analoge reception - which we are happy with).
We then swapped our Goodmans units over. Hey ho! Mine was... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2005 by david etherington
I am grateful for having read the other reviews because my Goodmans GDB3 Freeview box had exactly the same faults as reported by others, and I was thinking that the fault might lie elsewhere (aerial, or signal etc.), since the signals were re-set recently, in addition to the repeated ITV cutting out, and my box even cuts out on BBC2 and BBC 7!
I would never buy another Goodmans product after this.
I am surprised that John Lewis still sell Goodmans Freeview boxes. (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2005 by SouthWestWhite
Despite being initially impressed with the cheap(ish) Goodmans GDB3 Freeview box, I soon began to notice the terrible picture quality. The picture flickers quite badly, particularly on menu screens. In addition the picture and sound break up for no good reason, and mine has simply failed to respond to the remote, and will not work with a new remote either. In addition, the remote is poor quality and very flimsy. Back to Argos to swap for a quality model me thinks... (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2005 by tonynbrown
I had the Goodmans GDB3 Freeview box for two years, and it was nothing but a waste of time as it kept switching on and off, and it drove me up the wall. Goodmans said they were updating the software, but nothing ever happened. I tried a different make of Freeview box, and it worked perfectly. (read more)
Written on: 24/08/2005 by julbro (1 review written)
The ITV stations are the most annoying, because about every minute or so, the Goodmans GDB3 Freeview Box turns itself off and then back on. The picture also freeze, and then I have to reset the box. When I use the remote control, and push the volume button for example, the program guide will come on. There were only a few stations which didn't freeze.
I spoke to Goodmans about this, and they said they were aware of the problem, and blamed it on the BBC! This was no help to me! (read more)
Written on: 26/07/2005 by crazych
All the good points are listed above, but what I've written this reveiw about, is the bad signal on the channels listed above. The the sound and picture freezes for a second, or the picture becomes scrambled. Then for a second or two its fine, and so on. The now and next is a bit jumpy, but after a bit of scrolling, it tells you what you want to know, instead of no "information". (read more)
Written on: 13/04/2005 by lee67
The Goodmans GDB3 is brillian, the channels are great and it can recieve 140 channels which means if new channels come out I get them after about a 10 seconds scan the boxes is fantastic, I recommend it to everyone, brilliant!! (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2005 by presdeed (2 reviews written)
Goodmans know all about the inherent software problems but still sell the boxes through Argos etc. Numerous promises of a 'software fix' but never happens. Since bought a cheap Ferguson box for £30.00 and it works perfectly all the time. (read more)
Written on: 13/02/2005 by garethday
Faults with the Goodmans GDB3 box seem to be common and carried over from earlier models. (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2004 by carll (2 reviews written)
The Goodmans GDB3 is a great simple unit. It has 2 scart sockets, aerial and scart leads, and simple to use. (read more)
Written on: 03/12/2004 by Bill34
The Goodmans GDB3 looks ok. Works very poorly. (See Good and Bad Points). (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2004 by 01emino
The Goodmans GDB3 box is great, I recommend it anyone that still views analogue TV. It is so easy to start up all you do is plug it in and it scans its self for all the channels and that's it you're ready to watch! (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2004 by martinsheppard43 (10 reviews written)
Goodmans GDB3 - Digital freeview boxes are a good idea, but I would not reccomend a Goodmans box to anyone, as the problems seem to occur in other models too. (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2004 by ja020 (1 review written)
Goodmans GDB3 - This is an excellent entry-level Freeview Box, and similar to the Matsui DTR1. I use mine with a set top aerial and get perfect pictures on all channels - better than analogue TV! (read more)