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Dreambox DM100S review

The most affordable Dreambox is small, networkable and offers decent AV quality. So why is the DM100 disappointing?

By  from TechRadar Issue 273

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TechRadar's verdict

"Potentially, the DM100 is a worthwhile receiver – its small size, AV performance, external power and networkability give it unique character. But it's let down by stupid mistakes: a fundamental recording incompatibility, a 'blind search' option that doesn't work as it should, an e-mail client that crashes the receiver, a recording timer and EPG that are near useless and a tendency to run out of memory. Little is currently made of the DM100's networking and USB ports. Until improved firmware is released, then, we cannot recommend the DM100."
For
  • Superb AV quality
  • Small size
  • Can be powered from suitable 12V DC source
  • Responsive
Against
  • Little use of networking
  • Blind search doesn't work as it should
  • Bug prevents recording by external equipment
  • Ran out of channels
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