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Tvonics DTR-Z500

Tvonics DTR-Z500
alaScore 84

38 reviews

Sep, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Tvonics DTR-Z500. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Satellite Receivers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Satellite Receivers the Tvonics DTR-Z500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 38 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Tvonics DTR-Z500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Tvonics DTR-Z500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Satellite Receivers on Amazon.co.uk.

48% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TVonics DTR-Z500 500GB Digital TV RecorderDTR-Z500 (Digital TV Recorder)TVONICS DTR-Z500 DIGITAL FREEVIEW TV RECORDER WITH 500GB HDD BLACK

Sep, 2015

Expert review by: (homecinemachoice.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

 

How do you stand out in the crowded Freeview HD PVR market? Excluding media streaming and DLNA networking is hardly in keeping with the Freeview zeitgeist, but the DTR-Z500HD boasts a couple of handy features that look compelling. One is a built-in...

The slickly-designed user interface makes this box a pleasure to use. The fonts and colour scheme are attractive, and navigation between menu screens is fast and logical, although programme information is basic. The remote control is classy despite...

The Ethernet port is part of the Freeview spec, but there’s no compulsion to use it so here it’s simply using up real estate on the rear panel

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (techradar.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

 

This Freeview+ HD recorder with HDMI switching is as slick as they come

Hi-def pictures ; Novel HDMI switching ; Ease of use

Small buttons on remote ; Digital music & video not supported ; No DLNA streaming

Some novel features and great picture quality make this a good choice Freeview HD recorder.

Mar, 2011
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Expert review by: Jason Denwood (pocket-lint.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

 

An update of last year's HD500, the Z500HD from South Wales-based TVonics is a serious attempt at a uniquely talented Freeview HD recorder - and a successful one, to boot. With two tuners and a 500GB recorder, the Z500HD represents the start of the...

HD picture, user interface, HDMI switching

Lacks editing options, no DivX or MP3 playback, no networking

Cheaper and better than TVonics’ last effort, this rugged Freeview+ HD recorder concentrates on its core duties. Add a no messing user interface, unique clutter-busting HDMI switching, and a tight, tough design and TVonics’ latest is one of the best...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Grant Rennell (techradar.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500 review

 

TVonics's latest Freeview PVR has a typically eye-catching design and a lot more to admire besides

Very easy to use ; Large hard disc ; Great remote

No HDMI ; No exporting ; No favourites

A decent sized hard drive and simple to use controls almost make up for the lack of some features, most notably the HDMI output

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500 Freeview PVR review

 

Pausing live TV isn't just about getting Sky+ you know, there are other variants that don't require you to pay a monthly subscription, but with Sky boasting such an easy interface can TVonics challenge? We get watching TV to find out. Small, black...

500GB of storage, easy to use, some nice features

Can't favourite channels, design is a bit niche, no off switch

If you aren't looking for a subscription based offering (i.e., Sky) then this is one to check out

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (trustedreviews.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD

 

The TVonics DTR-Z500HD PVR will let you watch and record Freeview HD broadcasts.

Easy to use ; Good picture quality ; Built-in HDMI switch

No video playback over USB ; No archiving of recordings

You can’t record the signal from these inputs onto the PVR’s hard-drive though, a limit of HDMI's digital restrictions as much as anything else. Recording is limited to the two Freeview tuners here. There’s a 500GB hard drive built-in, and while the...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: (whathifi.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD

 

The tiny TVonics DTR-Z500HD PVR packs a huge hard drive

Small and convenient ; 500GB HDD ; detailed picture with standard-def and HD

Not as intuitive as it could be ; no streaming or smart functionality ; noisy picture

Could be more intuitive If shows are also available in HD, or can be series-linked, the box flags this up. The overall user experience is engaging enough, but not quite as intuitive as rival PVRs such as the Humax HDR-FOX T2.

Expert review by: paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

TVonics DTR-Z500HD

 

This is the latest offering from TVonics, the 500GB machine has what some would describe as a bare interface with the front showing up to three pin hole LED's these appear in different combinations of red and green.

I myself prefer a little more information on the unit such as a clock showing when on standby, the length of the recorded program you are viewing that has elapsed or the channel you are watching

May, 2011

Expert review by: mfereday (gadgetspeak.com)

A Freeview PVR Box : TVonics DTR-Z500

 

Are you ready for the switch-over? Maybe it is time you considered how best to make the move from analogue to digital television.

The 500GB hard drive should give you enough storage capacity of up to 250 hours of content. Helping keep this content under some sort of control is a Library feature. This module will display all available recordings which can be sorted into a specific...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: paul_smart (gadgetspeak.com)

TVonics Digital TV Recorder DTR-Z500

 

In February this year (23-2-09) I reviewed a pre production version of their 250GB version. Here I am looking at the resale version and the one I have is 500GB and it takes a long time – with normal watching – to fill this unit up.

The unit looks identical to and even having seen that previously it still takes a while to get used to the display on the unit being only three LED’s. The one dead centre can be either red or green dependant on if the unit is on or off. The right one...

Jul, 2009
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Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-In Modem: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HDTV: No
Show View: No
Twin Tuner: Yes

Connectivity

Ethernet: No
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No

Decoding Systems

Free-to-Air: Yes
Terrestrial:FTA Non-Upgrade

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 (MPEG2)
Reception Standard:Digital
Table / Portable:Table
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