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#150158 13-Jul-2014 14:26
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Review Hyundai AH-3110 Combo Sat/Terrestrial HD PVR

As mentioned in a previous post, I purchased this based on the overwhelming positive reviews on FreeViewShop. I believe they were either heavily edited, or downright false.

I've noticed they've pulled all their reviews, so I'll take it as a minor victory.

Anyhow here's my review of the Hyundai AH3110 Combo Sat/Terrestrial HD PVR.

On the positive side, it appears to support both DVB-T and DVB-S. I only tested the DVB-T. It did successfully scan the channels.

It did have a rudimentary house-keeping, which lets you set how long a recording will kept, but maximum is either one week or forever.

And the rest of this post is about the negatives:

Very pricey at NZ $550.20 when ordered with hard drive.

The PVR portion of this device appears to be an afterthought. For example, the hard drive optional and must be external.

Bookmarking and time shifting involves a very unfriendly and manual process, involving many key presses.

There are two USB ports. The front one can not be used for storage. The remaining one, in the rear, is used to connect an external hard drive.

So really no usable USB ports.

The remote is cheap, and clunky, and very poorly designed. It's by far the worst remote I've ever gotten with any A/V device.

The EPG programming guide never did show anything beyond the current show, and the next.

The menu system was bizarre, and the least friendly one I've ever encountered.

For example when navigating folders, it was oriented right-to-left, contrary to any English speaking standard.

The timer recording was terrible. There are only 10 slots. They are not sorted. Lastly you can not name the recording.

The manual is terrible, For instance the buttons are colour coded, without text. However the manual is printed in black-and-white. Frequently it'll show a coloured button, without text, and an image of a grey button.

Daylight savings time is not automatic.

If you want to edit the channel list, you have to export it from the front USB port, editing it with a PC, and reimport it.

I'm getting it to charity.

Conclusion a total rip-off at NZ $550.20. Worth less than $100 new.

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Ultimate Geek

  #1088083 13-Jul-2014 14:39
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I seem to remember someone saying that this unit gets it's full epg from the satellite feed so it's quite important to have it hooked up to a dish.

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  #1088223 13-Jul-2014 19:46
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We have one of these. Besides the UI which is not great but I can live with, it has two flaws that I cannot stand:

1). USB HDD performance. I'm not sure if it's the HDD's that I have tried, or the unit itself. But I haven't found one that will playback and record without problems with intermittent long pauses. We have a 2TB WD HDD (a model designed for PVRs) hooked up to our TV, which has no performance problems, but it doesn't work with the AH3110. If there's an HDD that works great with this PVR, please let me know.

2). The time it takes to download the EPG from satellite is terrible. Even to display the current day's program.

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