Humax DTR-T1010 review

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Humax DTR-T1010

Summary

Our Score:

9

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Pros

  • Excellent operating system
  • Terrific live and recorded picture quality
  • Attractive new design

Cons

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • No USB media playback or DLNA
  • Identical spec to DTR-T1000

Key Features

  • 500GB hard-disk
  • Access to catch-up TV
  • Dual Freeview tuners
  • Record two channels while watching a third
  • 15-day YouView EPG
  • Manufacturer: Humax
  • Review Price: £299.99

Introduction

The DTR-T1010 is the replacement for the DTR-T1000, Humax’s first venture into the world of YouView – a place where online catch-up TV lives alongside terrestrial digital broadcasts in perfect harmony. That means you can use the DTR-T1010 like a regular Freeview PVR but with the last seven days’ worth of programmes thrown in. The idea is that you can access all content, be it online or broadcast, in one place, without having to search disparate Smart TV menus or pay subscription fees to VirginMedia or Sky.

Humax DTR-1010

Humax DTR-T1010 - Design

The main difference between the T1010 and its predecessor is the radical redesign – it sports a more eye-catching silver fascia contrasted by a black finish on the rest of the body. It looks great, and the silver finish certainly adds a touch of elegance, but we’re not entirely sure it looks better than its predecessor – after all, the DTR-T1000 hadn’t exactly been beaten with the ugly stick.

Humax DTR-T1010

The silver fascia sports a large LED display panel on the left-hand side that displays the current TV channel. In the middle is an illuminated direction pad that allows you to control onscreen menus up close. It’s quite bright, and it can’t be dimmed in the setup menu. Gone are the small hard buttons of the DTR-T1000, replaced by touch-sensitive controls, which again makes the T1010 feel classier than its predecessor. In fact, build quality is excellent across the board. On the right-hand side of the fascia is a drop-down flap that hides a USB port.

Humax DTR-1010

Humax DTR-T1010 – Connections

There’s a generous selection of sockets on the back too, including two crucial connections – HDMI output and Ethernet. The former pipes hi-def pictures to your TV, while the latter connects to your router (or a Homeplug) to stream catch-up TV from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Five – more on that later.

Humax DTR-T1010

They’re joined by an optical digital audio output to send Dolby Digital Plus to a sound system; Scart, composite and analogue stereo outputs; another USB port; plus RF in and loopthrough.

Rob Neave

March 11, 2013, 1:57 pm

"Most of the online TV shows we streamed looked great"

I take it you didn't try the itv player then. It's god awful, much worse than any of the others.

nmunky

March 11, 2013, 2:11 pm

So, what is the point of the revamp then? Is it really just a different box?

shj

March 17, 2013, 1:49 pm

One frustration with the original box that I have been using is that you cannot re-arrange the channel order; you are stuck with the defaults. This makes it much longer to navigate through your desired channels.

Sandra Hughes

June 18, 2013, 1:10 am

Without the wi-fi this box seems pretty pointless,the upgrade just seems to be a facelift of the original you veiw box ,it's not as though it's cheap either at 300 quid for a facelift

Patrick Carroll

July 24, 2013, 5:44 pm

You don't need (or in fact want) WiFi for this - just buy a pair of power ethernet plug adaptors & get your internet connection via your power circuit - works a treat!

Puzzled

September 10, 2013, 8:05 am

Hi Danny Philips, I've been looking up the Humax range and read some of your reviews but you continue to miss some important points - Archiving:
How do we archive recordings from the internal HD?
What is the USB port for? Is that for connecting an external hard drive to which we can transfer recordings?
Is there a way of increasing the hard drive capacity either internally or externally (no esata connection)?
Hauppauge have a range of HD PVR units with HDMI pass through, but HDMI is HDCP but the Hauppauge units do have HD capture via component connections, component is 720i Hi-Def, so we could capture to BD or PC Hi-Def via component, but all the Humax units omit component output, didn't you Danny Philips think that was a glaring omission?

robert

June 5, 2014, 12:11 pm

I have Samsung Smart TV and use a plug in Ethernet adaptor, so can I just plug the Humax into my TV for the system to work ?

Neil Barron

June 21, 2014, 7:43 pm

On my Freeview tv i have the homepage of Vintage tv but says my Tv is not compatable to receive this service ,what box do i need please

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