PVRs: Best Buys Best buy

Freeview, Freesat, Sky Digital or Virgin Media? Standard or high-definition? It's a complicated market and finding the best PVR for your needs is tricky, but our reviews can help you through the maze.

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Which? tests every new PVR that's launched for each TV platform - from supermarket models to big brands. After eight weeks putting them through their paces in the Which? lab, we know which models are the best and which you need to avoid. And there are bargains to be had if you know where to look.

  • Our experts scrutinise the picture and sound quality to make sure they're up to scratch. Both high-definition and standard-definition TV programmes are assessed so you can be sure your PVR is delivering top-notch quality whatever show you're watching
  • We measure the energy use of all PVRs when switched on and in standby, so our reviews can help you save energy (and money)
  • Our lab tests represent real life living room scenarios, so you'll know exactly how easy it is to record and play back programmes, how fiddly the remote control is and how easy each PVR is to set up

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What makes a Best Buy PVR?

 

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Video recorders has been around for years and today's PVR or Personal Video Recorders offer a lot more than yesterdays via a chest machines. You let your record entire series, pause rewind live TV, and simultaneously record programs on different channels, of which best buy PVR would be a pleasure to use.

Recording your programs and fantastic picture and sound quality, and never letting you down when you're relying on it. It's what we call that vital episode. It'll have plenty of settings but the easy to understand and adjust. So you'll never miss your favorite show. Have the electronic program guide be clearly laid out and simple to use.

So you'll have no problem finding something to watch or record. To make sure you get best buy PVR, and don't waste your money on what messes of your recordings, summing up for a warm pound trial. You''ll have a instant access to all the best buy PVRs, plus reviews of thousands of other gadgets. Only which reviews are completely independent and based on weeks of lab tests by industry experts.

We buy all the PVRs we review, but don't take advertising, so you can trust you will not be influenced by brands or retailers. Each PVR is tested by recording a wide variety of programs including sports, films, news, and soaps. We rate picture quality, standard and high definition looking to offer anything that de-tracks from the viewing experience.

We're set so easy to PVR is to set up and use day to day, plus our well all program management features work. We then combine the results to give each PVR an overall score and because such tests are done in the lab, you can trust that they are comparable and not influenced by personal preference. To find your perfect best buy PVR and not waste your money on a recorder that you'll regret, sign up for a one pound trial switch.

PVR reviews you can trust

Our labs test models from the biggest PVR brands on the market - including Humax and TVonics - and we've discovered that even the most trustworthy names occasionally slip up. We guarantee a Best Buy PVR will be easy to set up, will offer straightforward recording and playback of TV programmes, give you great sound and picture quality and won't have you throwing the remote control across the room in frustration.

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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  • Reviews of PVRs from 23 brands, including Humax, Sagem, TVonics and Panasonic.