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Verbatim MediaStation HD DVR review

We find another solution to our multimedia problems

Our Verdict

A good combination of features make this media server come PVR very appealing indeed

For

  • Good build quality
  • Decent file support
  • Good features
  • PVR functionality

Against

  • GUI is basic
  • Some formats will only stream via supplied software
  • No 1080p

We've seen media streamers from a range of storage and networking specialists, but Verbatim's MediaStation HD DVR isn't just an exercise in bandwagon-jumping.

Combining a multimedia player and recorder with a DVB-T/analogue hybrid TV tuner, built-in NTFS-formatted SATA hard drive and wireless networking with a good balance of format support and connectivity, it seems to justify itself pretty well.

Socketry includes an SD/MS card slot, USB and USB Host, component video out, an HDMI 1080i out, LAN, coaxial, optical and RF. A remote control, a bundle of cables and a software disc including Nero MOVE IT software are provided, and the package we reviewed included the optional wireless USB dongle.

An onscreen display offers five main options; TV In, File copy, Setup, Browser and Timer.

Features include recording, storage and playback of TV broadcasts; upscaling to HD during playback; one-touch and scheduled recording using an EPG; time-shift recording; image photo back up from the memory card slot; media playback from the card slots or USB; H.264 playback from PC via the provided Transcode Server software; and streaming media playback via Ethernet and wireless LAN.

It's well-constructed and with a practical remote control, the MediaStation combines some of the best features of the WDTV and Popcorn Hour devices.

File support is extensive. It can play back MP3, WMA, WAV7/8, OGG, AAC, JPEG and BMP; and MPEG-1/2/4, DivX 3/4/5/6 and MP4 AVC (H.264) via the supplied Transcode Server PC software.

There's a choice of 500GB and 1TB hard-drive sizes and packages with or without the wireless dongle.

Sadly, it supports 1080i output but not 1080p as well as many video formats are only supported if streamed from a PC via the Transcode Server software added by an update. Also, the GUI graphics are a bit primitive.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Maximum Recording Time500 Hour
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
Product FamilyMediaStation
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Memory Stick
Brand NameVerbatim
Video FormatsDVD Video, MPEG-1, MPEG, DAT, VOB, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, MKV, XviD, DivX, DivX 3, DivX 4, DivX 5
EthernetYes
Height65 mm
Width210 mm
Depth165 mm
Video SystemDVB-T, NTSC, PAL
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, AAC
ManufacturerVerbatim America, LLC
Product Model47541
Product NameMediaStation 1TB Digital Video Recorder
Product LineMediaStation
Manufacturer Part Number47541
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.verbatim-europe.com
Marketing Information

Verbatim's MediaStation HD DVR is a multimedia player and recorder with a built in DVB-T / analogue hybrid tuner for tuning in digital and terrestrial TV channels. It has TV In and TV OUT aerial ports enabling you to watch your TV channels from your television whilst recording TV through the MediaStation.

Package Contents
  • MediaStation 1TB Digital Video Recorder
  • Remote Control with Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Component Video Cable
  • Composite Video/Stereo Audio Cable
  • Scart Adaptor
  • USB Mini Type B to USB Type A Cable
  • TV Cable F Type to Belling Lee Type Connector
  • F Connector Belling Lee Adaptor
  • Power Adaptor
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Nero MOVE IT Software (CD ROM)
  • User Manuals (CD ROM)
Limited Warranty2 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.60 kg