TVonics DTR-HD500 review

This Freeview+ HD 500GB PVR has HDMI switching

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The DTR-HD500 is one of the most expensive Freeview HD recorders around, and though it does include a few nifty features, it does seem a tad overpriced.

We liked:

The interface is easy to navigate and the 500GB hard disk, while not exactly huge, is about as big as it gets in the Freeview+HD recorder market. Its unusual sleek design works well and switching is equally unique, though it's the DTR-HD500's picture quality that really endears it to us.

We disliked:

The remote is a mixed bag, and the same goes for its interface – even if you like lime green, the box's menus and general operability are merely adequate. As for those USB slots, we're not sure why TVonics bothered, while the lack of a Common Interface slot could put some off.


The DTR-HD500 is all about easy recording, an unusual look, and its HDMI switching skills. Its interface is slightly too slow and largely identical to its rivals' efforts, and though there's a lot to like about TVonics' debut Freeview+HD recorder, it's a few features short of greatness.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Brand NameTVonics
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Video SystemDVB
ManufacturerTVonics Solutions, Ltd
Product ModelDTR-Z500
Product NameDTR-Z500 Digital Video Recorder
Manufacturer Part NumberDTRZ500
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Freeview+ Digital TV Recorder. Recording TV has never been so simple. No tapes, no discs, no fuss. Watch, record and pause digital TV. Works with analog or digital Televisions. Includes an integrated Freeview Digital TV receiver inside so you do not need a separate Freeview Receiver. Dual channel recording with Picture in Picture. Supporting the full feature set of Freeview+ including the ability to record a complete TV series, reschedule a recording and alternative instance recording. Compact and quiet. Ideal for use where space is limited.

Package Contents
  • DTR-Z500 Digital Video Recorder
  • Remote Control