TVonics launch low-power DVR-FP250 Freeview PVR

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tvonics_dvr_250_freeview_pvr.jpgLast year we reported on the (slightly more) eco-friendly TVonics DVR-150 PVR, and now the company has upgraded the specifications and released their DVR-FP250 Freeview PVR.

There’s a bigger hard drive — up to 250GB from 150GB — plus all the usual functionality of both Freeview, and a PVR, bundled in one box. It comes with two Freeview tuners.

The main selling point, then, is not so much the functionality which you’d find on any self-respecting PVR, but the fact that it’s using significantly less power to achieve the same results.

TVonics claim that in standby mode, their unit uses 3.5 times less power than similar products on the market, at just 3.5W compared to an 11W industry average.

When on, the DVR-FP250 uses 14.5W compared to an industry average of 28W.

OK, so it’s not a major saving when set against the likes of plasma TVs, refrigerators, kettles, and the like, but any saving has to be good, particularly when this is the kind of appliance that needs to remain in standby mode when not in use.

Aesthetically, the unit is housed in a high gloss ‘piano black’ recyclable aluminium enclosure, with a quiet 250GB CinemaStar Hitachi hard drive.

It’s available now for £189.99 from the TVonics website, and other electrical retailers.

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Andy Merrett