Sharp TU-T2 review

Fast and furious Freeview HD, but lacks the versatility other boxes offer

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With its less than ambitious spec, the TU-T2 was never going to blow us away, but in use it proves one of the most comfortable T2 set-top boxes around. It's proof that trying out a product is so much more important than the spec sheet; having been impressed by its easy-to-use and speedy interface and EPG, we'd happily overlook some of the TU-T2's shortcomings.

We liked

The TU-T2 is easy to get on with; its colourful and well designed hi-res EPG has few flaws and, best of all, works very quickly while never interrupting the TV programme you're watching.

That T2 tuner is excellent while hi-def TV channels are delivered in a spotless and fluid fashion.

We disliked

Although it delivers on its core aims, the TU-T2 is expensive for what it is; a Freeview HD box that doesn't upscale SD with any aplomb is a bit of a letdown.

We'll forgive its average remote, but the lack of any CI slots for subscription TV add-on channels is a shame.

There's also that rather odd design flourish that sees several blue LED lights flashing on and off.

Final verdict

A joy to use, there's few Freeview HD set-top boxes better suited to sorting out the HD from the SD, but here's the rub; the TU-T2 is a one-trick pony, struggling with regular TV channels.

A breeze to operate, the TU-T2 could be the ideal product if you plan to pair it with a 32-inch-or-under telly – but think very carefully before marrying it to a big-screen LCD TV.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSatellite Receiver
Scan Format1080i
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
SCARTYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Brand NameSharp
FeaturesElectronic Program Guide
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height55 mm
Width300 mm
Depth259 mm
Audio DecodingStereo
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelTUT2HR32
Product NameTUT2HR32 DirecTV Receiver
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
Input Voltage220 V AC
Manufacturer Part NumberTUT2HR32
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Marketing Information

Designed to receive & record Freeview HD services. DVB-T2/ DVB-T tuner supporting both HD and SD formats. 320GB HDD. Twin tuner support. Record two channels while watching a pre-record channel. Freeview+ HD support including recommendations and trailer booking. Friendly user interface for easy operation. 8 day EPG. HDMI output supports HD resolutions up to 1080p. 1080p50 upscaling for SD programs. Dolby Digital Plus via HDMI or optical digital output. Ethernet port for interactive services and future internet - based services. USB port for software upgrade.

Weight (Approximate)4.10 kg