PVRs are becoming quite common now, so at first glance, this model from TVonics, the DVR-150, doesn’t look particularly different from the rest of the pack.
It’s got a 160GB hard drive which can store up to 80 hours of digital TV and radio, plus all the usual abilities such as pausing and rewinding live TV, dual tuner so you can watch one programme whilst recording another, playing back recordings before they’ve finished, twin SCART sockets, 8 day EPG, stereo audio output, and parental controls.
What sets this one apart, claims TVonics, is that it’s more eco-friendly than some of its competition.
It uses 20W of energy in operation and less than 3W in standby (and a PVR generally needs to be left in standby mode often so that it can be used to schedule recordings) It has also been constructed from materials and components which minimise its environmental impact.
It features a high-quality 32-bit microprocessor for paging through digital teletext channels.
Looks wise, it’s done out in a high gloss black aluminium finish.
It’s manufactured by Sony in the UK for TVonics – I’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing or not.
Available in selected Tesco’s stores priced £189.99.
By Andy Merrett | November 13th, 2006