TVonics DTR-Z500HD review

This Freeview+ HD recorder with HDMI switching is as slick as they come

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TVonics dtr z500hd


Perfect for anyone wanting to cleanly wall-mount a TV thanks to its novel HDMI switching feature, TVonics has come up with a Freeview+ HD recorder that's hard to beat.

We liked

The DTR-HD500 delivers on its core features so well that it's hard to beat on pure Freeview+ HD performance. The user interface is good-looking and fast working, the recordings options myriad and the picture quality from Freeview HD channels is stunning.

HDMI switching is arguably more useful to more people than home networking and DivX playback – and that's the main difference between the DTR-Z500HD and the Humax HDR-Fox T2.

We disliked

Networking, digital music and video file playback, and a Common Interface slot are the three main issues with regard to absent features, while the remote – though a decent effort – needs some fine-tuning. SD channels, while upscaled reasonably well, can look soft.

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