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Verbatim Wireless MediaStation - 500GB Freeview recorder £99 @ Play
Verbatim Wireless MediaStation - 500GB Freeview recorder £99 @ Play

Verbatim Wireless MediaStation - 500GB Freeview recorder £99 @ Play

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A wireless freeview recorder, plays Divx, can record from & to an external source.
Seems like a great bit of kit for £99 !

Main Specification:
Digital Tuner built in for TV (DVB-T)
High Definition video playback up to 1080i
Digitally record TV and upscale to HD during playback
Time Shift - record/play/pause/fast forward/rewind live TV
Playback media from external storage devices (via USB Host ports)
One Touch Recording
Scheduled Recording
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) on DVB-T
One Touch Copy button for photo back up from the memory card slot
SD/SDHC/MS Memory Card slot
Movie play back
Music play back
Photo Playback - slide show options with or without music
Network and Wireless Network functions
Data storage
External data storage via the USB Host connections
Resolution up to 1080i, 720p, 576p
LCD display shows: Time and the Menu you are in: Browser, TV, File Copy, Setup, Time Record
Wireless network capability via optional WL USB Dongle. (Specification: 802.11 b/g)
Supports MKV (Matroska) container but not H.264 encoded files in Mpg4
Supports Multi lingual subtitles (including Cyrillic & Hebrew)

19 Comments

I think you've worded the title oddly as you suggest it can record freeview HD while it only has a normal freeview tuner (dvb-t) but can play back files up to 1080i from other sources (as far as I can tell).

Can the built-in Freeview Tuner process HD broadcasts? It's not very clear.

Other than that it looks quite good?

Looks good

The factsheet says Freeview HD

I think it means Freeview Hard drive Recorder,not High def

Original Poster

The factsheet does have the freeview HD logo on it.. I will try find a review.

Digitally record TV and upscale to `1080i HD during playback

A review I founnd on play for 1TB version

Customer rating: 2 out of 5 stars Poor

Steeply | 24/03/2010 | See all Steeply's reviews (1) »

On paper the unit looks great but it doesn't live up to expectations (not mine anyway).
The user interface is slow, clunky and unintuitive. The instruction book is unhelpful particularly where networking is concerned. I could live with all that if the thing worked but mine died in less than a week.

The tv tuner is ok, image quality is good but the epg is basic. Although program recording is simple, playback involves digging your way down through various menus to find the recorded program, once there again picture quality is good.

Networking was a major pita, after much effort I was able to get the mediastation to see the pc hard drives, but never could get the pcs to see the mediastation. This is a problem with Windows 7 as much as anything, the home versions simply won't let you do the things you need to do to network with the box. The poorly designed navigation system Verbatim used does not help either and my efforts were cut short when it went faulty.

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On paper the unit looks great but it doesn't live up to expectations (not mine anyway).
The user interface is slow, clunky and unintuitive. The instruction book is unhelpful particularly where networking is concerned. I could live with all that if the thing worked but mine died in less than a week.

The tv tuner is ok, image quality is good but the epg is basic. Although program recording is simple, playback involves digging your way down through various menus to find the recorded program, once there again picture quality is good.

Networking was a major pita, after much effort I was able to get the mediastation to see the pc hard drives, but never could get the pcs to see the mediastation. This is a problem with Windows 7 as much as anything, the home versions simply won't let you do the things you need to do to network with the box. The poorly designed navigation system Verbatim used does not help either and my efforts were cut short when it went faulty.

The box looks good cosmetically except for the blue front screen which is very low res and carries no useful information, all that is displayed on the tv/monitor screen. Verbatim have supplied all the leads you could possibly need which is a point in their favour, a minus point though is the wireless option which is a 2.5"usb dongle that uses up one of the two standard usb ports, the box is easily big enough to have had a wireless adaptor built in.

Build quality in my case was obviously not great, as I said above mine didn't last the week out, one morning the media station just wouldn't boot up, I suspect the hard drive died (lots of clicking, very little whirring). The fan in the back is also very noisy, I did read a review that mentioned this but didn't realise just how annoying it could be. If it had survived I think I would have investigated ways to replace the fan with something quieter.

Full marks to Play.com, their returns procedure was quick and efficient and the staff helpful. I had asked for a replacement rather than a refund but by the time they got it back they had stopped carrying them so they refunded. I haven't seen anything to compare from any other manufacturer yet and am in two minds whether to go for another of the same.

Looks like a great bit of kit, and big storage for the money, but if I'm not mistaken only has one tuner, means you can't watch one channel whilst recording another.
I shall watch this post with interest.

Original Poster

I have amended the description. If anyone can find out why the factsheet has the freeview HD logo, let us know !

djfluff

I have amended the description. If anyone can find out why the factsheet … I have amended the description. If anyone can find out why the factsheet has the freeview HD logo, let us know !


Well it isn't the official one. I think they just put the freeview logo and the hd logo in the same block.

Original Poster

Review on Techradar : techradar.com/rev…iew

(Was £230 in March!!)

remember guys this is NOT 1080p but 1080i which for some that wouldnt make a difference but considering most want 1080p now and for the price theres better players out there

Original Poster

asanchez

remember guys this is NOT 1080p but 1080i which for some that wouldnt … remember guys this is NOT 1080p but 1080i which for some that wouldnt make a difference but considering most want 1080p now and for the price theres better players out there



No broadcasted Tv is in 1080p anyway. Not sky-hd, nor freeview HD. If you know a better freeview recorded for the money, please let us know !

It doesn't do Freeview HD ... just HD file playback. As always with these type of devices they try to make them sound better than they are with confusing letters/descriptions. And Freeview HD is broadcast in 1080i for those who were wondering.

get an xbox, wireless adaptor, 500GB HDD and you're laughing.

zaheer2003

get an xbox, wireless adaptor, 500GB HDD and you're laughing.



Won't be able to record freeview then.

Looks interesting. Unfortunately the mention of the noisy fan puts me off. My Hummy 9200 has always driven me mad 'cause of it. I'll wait for more feedback.
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