Summary: I've had this box now for just under a year had I reviewed this box back then it would have been two stars due to a number of issues revolving around the Library disappearing on a regular irregular basis.
Summary: I bought this Samsung free sat box and found the remote tricky to get used to and has the tendency to jam up at times. When its working the picture quality is brilliant and the web feature in all its a good box. Main prob with it is when it rains heavy or light you get interference.
This satellite box is a brilliant machine, but has it's flaws!
22 November 2012
Summary: We purchased our Samsung SMT7800 Freesat box because we wanted to dump Sky and their exorbitant monthly fees, and we have been using this box since January 2012, the picture quality is pin sharp especially in HD, the sound quality is excellent, especially when played through a home cinema system, and the menus are actually very simple and well thought out, BUT, the box has the unfortunate habit of occasionally losing it's recorded library list, and the only way to...
Awful remote. best quality picture. Needs 1TB drive
1 November 2012
Summary: I love the machine but find the remote control very poorly laid out. The OK button is too small and the navigation buttons should not be at the bottom of the remote. it would help if illuminated as well. . Look to Tivo for how a remote should be designed. I fitted a WD green 2TB hardrive without any issues.
Buggy software - known issues - no attempt at resolving through updates
26 August 2012
Summary: I'm extremely disappointed with the lack of attention Samsung has given to the KNOWN issues of losing the library list etc. for more than a year. Not one firmware update in all this time. Assume that they've given up supporting it. It is not fit for the purpose it was intended. DLNA is also laughable, and despite claims that it is certified, it is not compatible. It's slow and works sporadically. EXTREMELY slow at turning on whether on energy saving or not.
Summary: After having sky HD+ for several years, and wasting a lot of money, I decided to change to this unit and Wow!! the picture quality outshines sky hands down, and the HD.....well, who needs 3D! All in all a great unit, easy to setup, easy to use, easy to program your recordings & sort, and uses the existing sky dish.
Summary: Had two of these - the first locked up occasionally then started deleting everything from the library, the second is locking up even more often and has a problem with sound quality when playing back HD recordings. Will be a fantastic product if it's ever sorted out.
This is the most amazing piece of equipment I have ever owned.
29 March 2012
Summary: Wow! What can I say? The technical specifications and performance of this exceptional Freesat box simply take my breath away. I have had absolutely no problems. Recording programmes is so easy and the Library contents are always there just when I need them. Samsung has done it again. Go out and buy one immediately; don't hesitate, you will be the envy of all your friends.
Summary: I have owned and operated this unit for around three months and agree with many other of the comments by other reviewers regarding slow boot-up, but there IS a lot of software in these modern boxes - and thereby hangs a tail! I have recently had a couple of 'freeze up' problems that seem to have sorted themselves out eventually, but did leave me in a position whereby I had to pull the plug on the device as I could not do anything with it.