HD & SD picture quality
Relatively small hard disk
Poor remote control
No USB media playback
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Few Freeview+ HD recorders made it to shelves in time for the World Cup, but post-South Africa sees a swathe of new boxes – and, for now at least, this Sharp is on the front of the grid.
Matching, and in some cases beating, its rivals on price, the TU-T2HR32 is fitted with a couple of Freeview HD tuners, holds a 320GB hard disk for recording and, crucially, is compatible with Freeview+. That means you can program recordings straight from its eight-day electronic programme guide, set series links, and get full recordings of programmes even if they over-run.
Handling the upscaling of SD channels as well as a full presentation of the likes of BBC HD and ITV 1 HD, the TU-T2HR32 sports a couple of Scarts and a USB port, though the latter is for software upgrades only.
If recording isn't high on your list, Sharp also makes a simple Freeview HD receiver, the TU-T2.
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