Samsung SMT-S7800 Review

Sections

Pros

  • Exemplary onscreen design
  • Flexible Freesat PVR functionality
  • Attractive looks

Cons

  • No Smart Hub
  • Limited DLNA
  • Mushy iPlayer pictures

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £169.95
  • Dual Freesat HD tuners
  • 500GB HDD
  • DLNA media streaming
  • YouTube & BBC iPlayer access
  • Two USB ports

Not content with shaking up the Freeview HD PVR market with its Smart Hub-equipped BD-DT7800, Samsung is also looking to make its mark in the Freesat PVR world. The SMT-S7800 boasts an attractive spec-sheet that’ll give established Freesat recorders a run for their money.

Samsung SMT-S7800
What’s more, it’s a great-looking recorder. In true Samsung style the SMT-S7800 boasts a deep gloss black finish with an eye-catching transparent plastic trim running along the bottom of the front panel. It also sports a row of touch-sensitive buttons to control menus and other key features, plus a 12-character scrolling display panel that shows the full channel name. It’s a beautifully built unit that’ll stand the test of time in your AV rack.

There’s a USB port on the front, which reveals that this unit, like most of Samsung’s products, supports media playback from storage devices (but external HDDs are not supported).

Samsung SMT-S7800

There’s a generous array of connections on the back too, including an HDMI output that pings those hi-def pictures to your TV, as well as composite, optical digital and stereo audio outputs, an Ethernet port and a second USB port for media playback or for connecting an optional Wi-Fi adapter. On the side is a common interface slot that will allow you to add pay TV channels if services ever come to Freesat.

The line-up is completed by two LNB inputs (one for each tuner) and two Scart outputs, which allows you to output AV signals to a TV and recorder simultaneously – handy if you want to archive HDD recordings on disc.

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