Humax HDR-FOX T2 review

The Freeview+ HD PVR that everyone's been waiting for

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Expectations were high for the HDR-FOX T2 and after feeling frustrated and let down by most other Freeview+ HD boxes it comes as something of a relief to be able to say that Humax has come up with the goods.

It feels like the company has taken many of the best bits of the other Freeview+ HD PVRs on the market and melded them into the HDR-FOX T2. By and large, this is a really nice box to use.

We liked:

The overall user experience is unmatched by any other Freeview+ HD recorder. The sensibly-designed remote control, attractive menu system, fascia information and slickness of navigation are major positives.

Freeview HD and standard def images and sound are as good as we've seen (apart from the issue of sound drop-out on recordings on our review sample). Multi-media functionality is certainly a nice bonus, especially the ease with which files can be copied on to the hard disk from USB.

We disliked:

The EPG does falter by not indicating which shows are in native HD or upscaled standard definition and the (albeit temporary) lack of BBC iPlayer is irritating.


Assuming the audio playback niggle is an isolated case then there is very little about the HDR-FOX T2 to seriously damage Humax's reputation as a maker of better quality digital TV boxes.

Our other complaints about the HDR-FOX T2 are not terribly serious and although it's not perfect, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Composite VideoYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Brand NameHumax
Video FormatsXviD, MPEG, MPEG-4, MPEG-2
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height55 mm
Width380 mm
Depth252 mm
Video SystemDVB-T
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsMP3
ManufacturerHumax Corporation, Ltd
Product ModelHDR-FOX T2
Product NameHDR-FOX T2 500GB Digital Video Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberHDRFOXT2
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • HDR-FOX T2 500GB Digital Video Recorder
  • User's Manual
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • SCART Cable
  • HDMI Cable
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg