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£189.90 with Tecno5 voucher

With two tuners and a 160GB hard drive for recording great quality TV, the TF5800 is the only video recorder you'll need.

Digital TV like Freeview certainly gives you more choice and more to watch. The problem with this choice is that the programmes you want to watch may be on at the same time. The amazing TF5800 can record two programmes at the same time while watching another programme that you've already recorded. In addition to the recording tricks of the TF5800 it also allows you to rewind and pause live TV. If you want to store any of the programmes you've recorded the unit can be connected to a PC via the USB 2.0 socket. Copying the programmes to DVD via your PC is easy.

Recorder Features

* 160GB Hard Drive
* MPEG-2 digital and fully DVB compatible
* 2 tuners
* Dual recording and playback simultaneously
* Dual decoding (Picture in Picture)
* Time shifting
* MP3 playback
* USB2.0 for PC connection
* MHEG 5 supported
* Recording capacity: 88 hours of 4Mbps stream

Tuner Features

* 2000 channels (TV and Radio) programmable
* Favourite channel list editing
* True colour on screen display
* Full picture in graphic function
* Electronic program guide
* Subtitle support
* Digital text
* Parental Lock by channel and program event

Dimensions: 340 x 60 x 265mm
Weight: 4.2kg
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#1
This is the only real alternative to the Humax for quality - more flexible and interesting to use if you can handle the complexity. Well recommended.
#2
Heard very good review for this & its a good price. I'd snap one up... if I wasn't skint :(
#3
agreed, I got the 250GB a while back and it is excellent for the techy.
#4
I was expecting this, and the Humax, to have fallen in price by now..yes a very good product with favourable reviews.
#5
PVR's are normally plagued with dodgey hardware and firmware. Ive been using a Toppy for over 2 years now, no issues at all. You can download extra applications ( called TAPS ) so if you dont like the built in EPG ( which is pretty naff ) then you can simply replace it :-)
#6
Voted hot. Excellent bit of kit for a good price - even though I have the Humax (which is also very good!)
#7
Topfield is the best PVR out there hands down. The extra software you can put on there means you can add some great extra features like recroding of series. There is a very active community at [url]www.toppy.org.uk[/url] .

The one negative part on this is that the units have major USB problems. The speed of downloading programs from the machine is very slow, closer to USB1 speeds than USB2. If you want to be making regular backups then I'd go for a PVR with built in DVD recorder.

I have the 250GB version which is quite noisy but the 160GB is supposed to be very quiet.
#8
Would say your off the mark with the major USB problem.

I use this regularly to transfer 80gb - 100 gb or programmes in one pop.

It's not lighting fast but its by no means slow especially compared to doing it in real time.

Do you use yours in Turbo mode?

And more importantly, are they offering the 2yr warranty or just 1yr.

Looking to get one for my parents but if it was only 1yr I would go elsewhere just for piece of mind.

ps. I also have the 250gb model and its not noisy but have heard other people say this
#9
it seems to have gone up in price - even with the tecno5 code it comes out at £194.90
#10
ahhh my head hurts this topfield (which have a great name and are supposed to be excellent) or the lidl targo model which doesn't have freeview but has 250gb Hd and dual layer dvd+r recordable drives for £50 cheaper
#11
Being curious and thinking tecno5 == 5% discount, I entered tecno10 hoping to get 10% :whistling: got the following:

Tecno10 - £10 off orders between £300 - £599.99

Tecno25 - £25 off orders between £800 - £999.99

can only use one at time tho' so the 5% looks the best if the item is eligible for it, otherwise the £10 or £25 (or others, got sick of trying)
#12
ODonnyBoy - still the same price. Try again.

ijwia - hard drive technology too iffy to consider the lidl I would say. For freeview the Humax can be bought for about £175. For a 250gb DVD player consider the Liteon (a real manufacturer with reasonable standards) - link here (not price checked).

http://www.amazon.co.uk/LiteOn-HD-A760GX-Multi-region-Capable-Recorder/dp/B000GG1C1O/ref=sr_1_16/202-7513461-9432625?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1175610726&sr=1-16
#13
Bertt
ODonnyBoy - still the same price. Try again.



You are right, Bertt - it does now come out at £189.90 - I don't know what happened the first time I tried it:oops:
#14
I was thinking of getting a Vista Premium pc with digital TV card as an alternative, they seem fair value for money on some of the Dell offers.
#15
As far as I know, the toppy is the only PVR that allows you to automatically search and record all programmes matching a given name (although you do need to install a TAP or two to do this). This is what swung it for me when I got mine last year.

Dave.
#16
I had one of these. Get a Humax, you don't have to install 3rd party software on it to get it working well. Plus the paltry 6x ffwd and rew will drive you mad. And the Humax 9200 is cheaper too at richer sounds. £179.99.
#17
deeyup
I had one of these. Get a Humax, you don't have to install 3rd party software on it to get it working well. Plus the paltry 6x ffwd and rew will drive you mad. And the Humax 9200 is too cheaper at richer sounds. £179.99.


I sort of agree - if you have a tendancy to tinker and are a bit of a geek then get one of the Toppys - if you are a bit less technically capable then look elsewhere. I have a Toppy and think it's an amazing piece of kit, the wife finds it very easy to use now that i've set it all up.
#18
The Humax PVR9200T is better than the toppy.

No need to add anything, as it does it all out of the box.
#19
talkshop
The Humax PVR9200T is better than the toppy.

No need to add anything, as it does it all out of the box.


In your opinion, I would agree for a non techy person to get the Humax, if you want more than what comes out of the box then get a Toppy (in my opinion :thumbsup: )
#20
I love my Toppy, its the best PVR you can get at the moment, but not straight out of the box!, you need to be willing to tinker with adding stuff to the software. Lucky there are lots of people on toppy.org that will help you out if your a total novice. Also lots of people activley making software for it.

The biggest feature I use is recording by keyword (which it does not do out of the box), it means I never miss anything :)

Only the Humax comes close, but misses out because it does not allow
custom software
#21
So I think a Humax would be best for my non-technical parents - would 140 quid plus a tenner delivery be a fair price for a Humax PVR-8000T with a 40 gig drive?... They dont necessarily need a huge HD, although I guess 80 would be better insurance. Plus they wouyldnt want to download extra bits so the Topfield would be wasted. Actually from their Topfield you can see Newquay but thats a different conversation...
#22
£150!!! no way!! the 9200t has 160gb, plus is the later version, and is only around £175!!

40 gb wouldn't last very long even if they don't record much!
#23
darren999
£150!!! no way!! the 9200t has 160gb, plus is the later version, and is only around £175!!

40 gb wouldn't last very long even if they don't record much!


Cheers dude, anywhere in store this easter or is that online?
#24
Try dixons or comet, I think if you take in a print out of an online price they may match it for you anyway
#25
More debateable points here...I'm not a geek and dont install TAPs, yet the Topfield does the business and is straight forward out the box.

Had one for over a year now and never missed a recording.

Fast forward is not the best if using on the set speeds but just hold it down or use the percentage option I suppose
#26
ghinzani
So I think a Humax would be best for my non-technical parents - would 140 quid plus a tenner delivery be a fair price for a Humax PVR-8000T with a 40 gig drive?....


COR!!! Wish I still had mine to sell ;-)
#27
talkshop
The Humax PVR9200T is better than the toppy.

No need to add anything, as it does it all out of the box.


It's not just how it functions but it is also about HD noise, picture & sound quality, tuner sensitivity & regular support. The Toppy scores on all these points.

Of course it does have a downside & that is it's poor remote (IMO) & does not feature the extra few TV function buttons.
#28
gogboy
More debateable points here...I'm not a geek and dont install TAPs, yet the Topfield does the business and is straight forward out the box.

Had one for over a year now and never missed a recording.

Fast forward is not the best if using on the set speeds but just hold it down or use the percentage option I suppose


You are missing out, installing "Mystuff" makes it loads better.
Much prettier too
Adding keywords so it automatically records programs your interested in
is really nice. go on have a tinker :)
#29
So am I right in thinking that this could be a direct replacement for a skyplus/tivo recorder?
#30
Mikiex
You are missing out, installing "Mystuff" makes it loads better.
Much prettier too
Adding keywords so it automatically records programs your interested in
is really nice. go on have a tinker :)



Agreed, MyStuff is the dogs danglies, one of the good things it gives you is the option to jump back/forward a certain amount of seconds, so the slow 3x fast forward is not an issue for me.

I did miss some recordings recently.....due to the fact I filled the 250GB :oops: I say 'I' more like the wife with soaps and me son with primeval :x
#31
Mark300ZX
So am I right in thinking that this could be a direct replacement for a skyplus/tivo recorder?


It works similarly to ky Plus and Tivo but is for Digital (freeview) signals only, not Satellite or Analogue.
#32
It's gone up now - £223.15 with TECNO5 discount
#33
Back at the reduced price for the weekend...
#34
Now also in black at this price and the 250gb model reduced in price as well.
#35
Thanks for the tip on the 250gb version. I've just ordered mine in black. £224.98 with the Tecno05 discount code and free delivery.
Now just need to wait for the postman.
#36
Many thanks for the info, ordered a Toppy 250 in black for £218.48 Was going to wait till next month until my Sky runs out, but this seems like a good offer.
#37
ghinzani
So I think a Humax would be best for my non-technical parents - would 140 quid plus a tenner delivery be a fair price for a Humax PVR-8000T with a 40 gig drive?... They dont necessarily need a huge HD, although I guess 80 would be better insurance. Plus they wouyldnt want to download extra bits so the Topfield would be wasted. Actually from their Topfield you can see Newquay but thats a different conversation...

Forget the 8000T as it has a single tuner and you can't even record one channel whilst watching a previous recording; it's very restricted.

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