Icecrypt T2400 500GB version: £309 (inc. VAT)
Icecrypt T2400 2TB version: £379 (inc. VAT)
With its value-adding features and excellent operating system, Icecrypt’s T2200 was arguably the best Freeview HD receiver of last year, and since reviewing it we’ve been eagerly awaiting the PVR version. Well, it’s finally arrived and looks like a terrific prospect, boasting twin Freeview HD tuners, up to 2TB of hard-disk capacity and a superb-looking spec sheet.
The box itself is fairly large at 400(w) x 60(h) x 270(d)mm, but it’s styled in a chic glossy black finish. The focus of the front-panel is a silver-trimmed click wheel that lets you navigate menus when you don’t have the remote to hand. To its right is an easy-to-read display showing the channel number and name in large illuminated digits. On the right-hand side is a flap hiding a USB port, which was one of the T2200’s most enticing features and lets you play digital media. You’ll also see filled-in panels where the CI slots would have been, which means pay TV is off the agenda. Some of the front panel feels a little plasticky, but makes up for it with sturdy metal casing elsewhere.
On the rear panel is an excellent array of connections. You get two Scart sockets, enabling you to feed pictures to a recorder and TV simultaneously, plus the all-important HDMI output and a composite video output. On the audio side, there are analogue stereo and optical digital audio outputs, while an Ethernet port provides a way of getting IPTV services as and when they become available. This also lets you transfer music and movie files onto the T2400 over a home network, although you can’t stream your files. A second USB port is provided on the back as a further multimedia option and there’s an RS232 port for software upgrades.
Despite its unpleasant, clicky buttons, the remote’s layout is reasonably user-friendly. The menu controls are comfortably placed in the middle and every button is clearly labelled. A little more prominence should have been given to the playback and record buttons but generally this handset poses few problems for day-to-day operation.