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Philips HDT8520

Philips HDT8520
alaScore 81

144 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 144 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Philips HDT8520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Philips HDT8520

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 125 user reviews of Philips HDT8520 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Satellite Receivers on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, price, design, size

reliability

53% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips HDT8520 500GB PVR Freeview HD Digital Terrestrial Recorder

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Philips HDT8520 review

 

The age of the personal video recorder (PVR) dawned long ago, but the folk over at Freeview are only just catching-up. Freeview+ recorders - initially called Freeview Playback - have been around a while, but haven't sold too well. And certainly not as...

Picture quality, speedy interface

LED lighting, no Top-Up TV, no online features

Quick, functional and sporting good quality SD and HD pictures, missing features include Top-Up TV, media playback via USB, or any kind of online dimension - but at its core this is a good value product that's a joy to use

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Philips HDT8520 review

 

A difficult birth, but this Pace/Philips Freeview HD PVR is now as able bodied as any

Usability ; Hi-def & SD pictures ; 128x speed scanning

Separate EPG ; Lo-res graphics ; Not Top-Up TV compatible

A solid performer, but there's nothing flash about the HDT8520. And though it comes with no extras, if you're after fairly advanced Freeview HD recording functionality it's a good option. As a bonus, its poor rep pre-software update would appear to be...

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Philips HDT8520

 

Despite the lack of alluring features like USB media playback or HDMI switching, the HDT8520 remains a very likeable Freeview HD PVR.

And like any good PVR, the HDR8520 offers all those essential tricks that most people can’t live without these days, such as pause/rewind live TV and the ability to watch a programme from the start while it’s still being recorded. When live TV is...

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Philips HDT8520

 

Stylish and feature-laden, the Philips is an excellent Freeview HD+ box

Great styling and display; detailed, vibrant HD and SD pictures; solid sound; 500GB HDD

EPG could have more features; the Digital Stream DHR8205U has an even better picture

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Philips HDT8520 Dual HD TV Recorder

 

This Pace unit (badged Philips) was the first HD unit I saw in a presentation in the spring, here now the production unit. If you need HD recording then this 500GB digital unit may just tick all the boxes on your wish list.

A nice unit with good sound and picture quality even in standard definition in HD it is truly excellent, it is virtually silent in use

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Philips HDT 8520 Freeview HD Recorder

 

The Philips HDT 8520 was the first Freeview HD Recorder to be released in the UK, but at the time there was a general feeling that it had been a little rushed onto the market in the Spring, to capitalise on the World Cup during the summer.

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Review of Philips HDT8520 PVR

 

Good points: Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means...

Smart set top box manages to keep its energy consumption low, despite the bright blue LED strip. It also has a simple on screen menu system and a great remote control that allows one touch and series recording. The big 500GB capacity means you can...

Slight lag when channel surfing

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Excellent value for money

 

I found the Philips easy to set-up and use, the picture quality is excellent; upscaled standard-defintion looks almost as good as the high-definition channels.

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Brilliant

 

fast Delivery, easy set up, everything you need in the box.....recording tv programmes has never been so easy,,,Recomended ;)

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Superb STB

 

Had mine for a month now and I can't fault it at all. Had to upgrade the firmware when I first received it, which is well documented on the Internet. Once that's done, you'll be able to sit back and use a flawless unit!

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Product Specifications

Configuration

1080p Upscaling: No
Built-In Modem: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HbbTV: No
HDTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Browser: No

Connectivity

DLNA certified: No
Ethernet: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

Analogue Satellite Receiver: No
Category:Receiver
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG4)
DVB-T2:DVB-T2
Reception Standard:Digital
Table / Portable:Table
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