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.
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.
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.