This is my 1st deal post, so please be gentle with me, if I've got anything wrong.
I got a Wharfedale version of this from Big Pockets, a while back, which was refurb, and has now gone wrong, so I've been looking for a new one, and found this Technika, which looks exactly the same, and is listed as Brand New with a 1yr warranty.I'm not sure, but I think Technika, is Tesco's own consumer electronics brand name, but as I've said this looks like a rebadged Wharfedale unit, so I'd imagine it's yet another Vestel based clone.I know it doesn't have Freeview, and it's not a major recognised brand, but I think if you have a freeiew box, or like me have Sky, then for the features, spec and price, that this is a great deal, certainly better than anything else I could find, and it's at last a good excuse to finally ditch the VCR.
I've been using it to mainly archive old VHS tapes, and for that purpose it has some useful features.I can leave it recording from a VHS tape overnight, copying the content to the HDD, and then once on there, you can split the recording into individual episodes for example, and even remove any overlaps from the beginning and end of each episode.You can then also set chapter marks, and set a chapter to be hidden on playback, ie remove advert breaks from TV films etc.Once you've done that, you could then dub it to DVD for keeps.
As a tip, certain items at Big Pockets have FREE delivery, so you could add one of those (if you wanted to), and get FREE delivery on the whole order.My experience with Big Pockets has been very good, the 1st recorder I purchased didn't work, I notified them, and they arranged collection and replacement within a few days.
Here's some tech info:
- DVD+R, DVD+RW Recording
- DVD/CD/MP3/JPEG Playback
- Up to 6 hours recording time to DVD+R/DVD+RW
- 160GB Hard Drive - up to 211 hours of recording
- Scart input and output
- 5 different recording settings
It of course also offers those SKY+ type features, like pause live TV, etc.