Sharp TU-T2 review

Fast and furious Freeview HD, but lacks the versatility other boxes offer

Sharp TU-T2
An adept Freeview HD receiver, but one we think is a bit overpriced

Why you can trust TechRadar We spend hours testing every product or service we review, so you can be sure you’re buying the best. Find out more about how we test.

sharp tu-t2

With its less than ambitious spec, the TU-T2 was never going to blow us away, but in use it proves one of the most comfortable T2 set-top boxes around. It's proof that trying out a product is so much more important than the spec sheet; having been impressed by its easy-to-use and speedy interface and EPG, we'd happily overlook some of the TU-T2's shortcomings.

We liked

The TU-T2 is easy to get on with; its colourful and well designed hi-res EPG has few flaws and, best of all, works very quickly while never interrupting the TV programme you're watching.

That T2 tuner is excellent while hi-def TV channels are delivered in a spotless and fluid fashion.

We disliked

Although it delivers on its core aims, the TU-T2 is expensive for what it is; a Freeview HD box that doesn't upscale SD with any aplomb is a bit of a letdown.

We'll forgive its average remote, but the lack of any CI slots for subscription TV add-on channels is a shame.

There's also that rather odd design flourish that sees several blue LED lights flashing on and off.

Final verdict

A joy to use, there's few Freeview HD set-top boxes better suited to sorting out the HD from the SD, but here's the rub; the TU-T2 is a one-trick pony, struggling with regular TV channels.

A breeze to operate, the TU-T2 could be the ideal product if you plan to pair it with a 32-inch-or-under telly – but think very carefully before marrying it to a big-screen LCD TV.

Follow TechRadar Reviews on Twitter:

Jamie Carter

Jamie is a freelance tech, travel and space journalist based in the UK. He’s been writing regularly for Techradar since it was launched in 2008 and also writes regularly for Forbes, The Telegraph, the South China Morning Post, Sky & Telescope and the Sky At Night magazine as well as other Future titles T3, Digital Camera World, All About Space and He also edits two of his own websites, and that reflect his obsession with travel gear and solar eclipse travel. He is the author of A Stargazing Program For Beginners (Springer, 2015),