Humax HDR-2000T review

By Danny Phillips

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Humax HDR-2000T

Summary

Our Score:

9

User Score:

Humax HDR-2000T – Setup

The beauty of setting up a Freeview PVR is that you only have to plug in your rooftop aerial – no faffing about with satellite dishes. Once it’s up and running an installation wizard runs through the important stuff to save you the hassle later on – language, aspect ratio, resolution and channel search. It’s extremely quick and easy.

We plugged in an Ethernet cable and the HDR-2000T had sorted out its internet connection before we’d even picked up the remote. We weren’t sent a USB dongle but we’re guessing setup is similarly straightforward.

Humax HDR-2000T

Humax HDR-2000T – Onscreen menus

Although onscreen presentation isn’t a patch on Humax’s YouView recorder, all of the menus are attractive and easy to follow. It doesn’t take long before you’re whizzing through them like a pro.

The main menu is superimposed over the picture, sporting large, crisply resolved text and attractive icons. From here you can jump straight to the channel list, EPG, TV Portal or the Settings menu. There are video, music and photo options too. It’s no-frills stuff but gets the job done.

The TV Portal uses large app logos over a black background, which is hardly radical but we like its clarity. Media browsing is easy too. From the media menu, use the blue button to switch between HDD, USB or Network, and the yellow key to switch between music, video and photo. Recordings are listed with comprehensive details and a thumbnail, but there are no editing features besides renaming or copying.

Humax HDR-2000T – EPG

The EPG is intelligently designed and easy on the eye. Humax has squeezed everything onto the screen without making it feel too cluttered, including a live TV screen, synopsis and seven-channel programme grid. Long programme names and synopses are shortened, but you only have to select them or hit the ‘i’ key to read them in full.

You can search by keyword or genre, but even more useful is that you can filter the channels so it only shows the HD ones, or ones you’ve used recently. Excitingly, forthcoming HD channels like BBC Three HD and CBBC HD are already listed in the EPG ahead of their launch next year.

If you want a quicker way of checking what’s on, hit ‘i’ and the onscreen banner lets you browse any channel days in advance – it doesn’t limit you to ‘now and next’ like some Freeview receivers.

Humax HDR-2000T

Humax HDR-2000T – Remote

We love Humax’s remotes, not only for their effortless usability but also for their coffee table appeal. The gloss black finish, curved sides and central silver ring is a good look. Clear labelling and helpful button placement make it easy to use, although the Record and Menu buttons are too high up – you need to shimmy your hand upwards to reach them. The remote can also be programmed to control a TV.

Dcol

October 31, 2013, 1:48 pm

It's a shame that Humax's Youview box doesn't support the media serving
features of this box. From what I've read about the Youview box, it looks
like it's the Youview company that control the features and firmware. I
guess this means that any features that take functionality outside of what the
broadcasters want you to have is never going to happen :(

I own a Humax HDR Fox T2.....Basically the older version of the one reviewed
above. It's a great bit of kit, but not having all the catch up services
is irritating. I can't understand why UK terrestrial broadcasters keep
doing exclusivity deals with manufacturers to keep their catch up services
limited to particular brands. My Sony BluRay does Demand5 and iPlayer; my
Samsung BluRay does 4od and iPlayer. Only my PS3 could do all of them but
it's now died.

While I'm ranting about catch-up services, why is the selection of
programming different on consumer devices compared to the PC? 4od's website gives you access to way more content than I can get through the client on my BluRay
player (or now dead PS3). Is this true of Youview boxes too?

David

November 1, 2013, 11:02 am

So its basically exactly the same as the FOX-T2 which I bought about three years ago then? Also really annoying that manufacturers still arent including wifi in their devices, even when there are features they boast of that require an internet connection- of which the youview box must be the very worst offender.

Squuiid

November 3, 2013, 4:07 pm

Most 'dead' PS3s are fairly easy to fix btw. Take a look here:
http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Ye...

Dcol

November 4, 2013, 3:53 pm

Thanks squuiid.

I did have a go a stripping it down, but since I had a load of unbacked up game saves on it I chickened out before I actually got the heat gun on it; I figured it would be best to pay a pro to do it for me.

I found a guy who was widely recommended but I'm not sure how professional he really was. I visited his workshop and didn't see any evidence of the claimed IR reflow gear so I guess he just heat gunned it anyway. Actually the workshop in question was hilarious...it was a barely converted bedroom in an old terraced house, there were piles of broken electronics everywhere and hand scrawled signs pointing to the "workshop". Like something out of Fallout 3?!

To his credit though it did work for about 4 hours after the repair which was long enough for me to get all my data onto psplus....so it was still just about worth the 50quid fee.

I guess I could always give it another go, although TBH ps3's aren't that expensive anymore so I should probably just buy a new one.

Squuiid

November 4, 2013, 10:04 pm

The secret in getting it to work for more than 4 hours is to use flux when reflowing with the heat gun. This will do it:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/pro...

For 50quid I'd take it back to the Fallout 3 workshop for a 2nd reflow + flux for free! ;)

Alternatively see here for a PS3 flux guide:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Squuiid

November 4, 2013, 10:05 pm

Folks, see here for differences between the new 2000T and the older FOX T2 box
it replaces. This is a great comparison list:
http://hummy.tv/forum/threads/...

Rob

November 19, 2013, 9:07 am

cannot watch TV separately in standby mode, you have to switch on humax. and no clock to see how long the recorded program has to run

Skin67

October 27, 2014, 8:41 pm

I bought one of these a few days ago, when I installed it, it worked twice, then froze, I unplugged it, tried to get it to go again and was presented with the Magenta screen of death.

There's an upgrade to allow RF loop through to work when in standby, I would have liked to try to do it, but the instructions to do it were as clear as mud & it had already given up the ghost anyway.

As for Humax. Their customer service sucks.

Brigid Daley

March 25, 2015, 3:02 pm

Why doesn't it record some programmes that have been set to record on for example channel 5, 5* & BBC 2?

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