Humax - great idea but slow response times frustrate
5 August 2012
Summary: From West Wales. The Humax is a good idea and worth having. Storage of programmes is well organised and clear. The buttons on the control are very small and the lettering is so small one almost needs a magnifying glass to read them. (I am 62 and have some visual problems) However, the function is good, and although the streaming is clear and organised, the response times to button presses are surpringly slow.
Just about good enough, but cannot be used with Auto HDMI switchers
geedoubleu "geedoubleu", Amazon
30 December 2011
Summary: Struggled with this for 6 months and have had to rip it out and sell it now. I only have 2 HDMI ports on my TV for Sky, Apple TV, Bluray and the Humax so have tried various HDMI switchers. The Humax does not respect the auto switching HDMI protocols and 15 minutes before it starts recording it sends a signal to the HDMI switcher which switches to the Humax even though it isn't switched on, interrupting your viewing on the other devices.
Summary: Had some trouble first time round, managed to iron them out, picture quite good, but the sound having to be turned up full on unit is a step back, when you switch back to TV the TV set is loud, normal viewing TV on sound 20, watching a recording TV sound 25, hand set very big, unit very quiet when on, the clock and message on front too small and wrong colour may as well been left off much use as a chocolate fire guard, over all pleased better than the Sony that kept...
Pros: record whole series, good start up, plenty of storage
Cons: too much plumbing got to scroll through too much, hand set could have been better layout, sound.
Summary: Bought the first one about three months ago from JL (slightly cheaper at the time). Failed after a month, Humax did try and help but to no avail, so the box was replaced by JL. Second one appears to be fine and has lots of good points. It's reasonably intuitive, the picture is good on my Panasonic HD tv and the series record works well, with series strode by folder.
Excerpt: NEVER SAY ‘NEVER AGAIN’ It’s official. I am indeed a Freeview+ set-top box fetishist. I’m now losing count of how many I’ve written about in the past, (he tries adding up on fingers and wishes he was a Chrysalid). Having bought a ‘3View’ HD TV Personal Video Recorder (PVR) a few months back, I thought my days of buying these things were over (well for the time being that is).
Pros: Versatile PVR with HD Freeview and internet access for iPlayer etc
Cons: Will 500 gbytes be big enough . Some aspects of underachievement to be addressed