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Humax DTR-T1010 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips


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Humax DTR-T1010


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Humax DTR-T1010 - Performance

Just like its predecessor, the DTR-T1010 is a smooth operator, calling up menus, digital text and surfing the EPG without any frustrating delays. This is impressive given that it has to deal with the potentially complex mixture of online and broadcast content.

Humax DTR-T1010

Freeview pictures are also impressive. Standard definition channels have their fair share of noise, which results in some slightly hazy detail reproduction – particularly on low-rent channels – but on the whole they’re hugely enjoyable.

With hi-def channels however it really shines, delivering that extra detail with impressive sharpness. Edges are clean, colours are natural and it holds steady when the action gets frenetic. The DTR-T1010 captures these pictures on the hard-disk in pristine condition, which means recordings look every bit as good as the live broadcast.

Humax DTR-T1010

Most of the online TV shows we streamed looked great, particularly BBC iPlayer with its bold colours and decent detail. 4OD didn’t look quite as good but remains perfectly watchable. They all suffer from the endemic mosquito noise and hazy shimmering of web video, but it never spoiled our enjoyment.

Humax DTR-T1010 – Verdict

Although it’s disappointing that Humax didn’t take the opportunity to include Wi-Fi in this revamped YouView box (or change the spec in any way), the DTR-T1010 remains a very likeable PVR thanks to its ease of use and convenience. It seamlessly blends online and broadcast TV within the superb EPG, bringing an unparalleled level of user-friendliness to its entire operating system – a fact that will go down very well with those who find the whole Smart revolution daunting. As for the looks, the revamp brings an extra touch of silvery elegance to the product, even though there was nothing wrong with the DTR-T1000’s sleek design. And in terms of spec, the 500GB hard-disk should be ample for most people and the ability to record two channels while watching a third is an absolute godsend – all of which explains why we’re willing to give the DTR-T1010 ‘Recommended’ status.

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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.


March 11, 2013, 2:11 pm

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


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!


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?


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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