Humax DRT800 TiVo DVR/DVD Recorder At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Humax DRT800 TiVo DVR/DVD Recorder

Video: S-video (2), composite video (2)
Audio: stereo analog (2)
Video: component video (1), S-video (1), composite video (1)
Audio: optical digital (1), stereo analog (1)
IEEE 1394 (1), USB (2), RJ-11 (1), IR output (1), serial output (1), RF input (1), RF output (1)

Compatible Recording Formats: DVD-R/-RW
Compatible Playback Formats: DVD, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/-RW, MPEG-2, MP3, WMA, JPEG, A/V CD
Possible Recording Resolutions: 480i
Possible Playback Resolutions: 480p/480i
Hard Drive Size: 80 gigabytes
Onscreen Guide: TiVo
No. of Internal Tuners: 1
Built-in Decoding: None
Video D/A Converter: 10-bit/54-megahertz
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/96-kilohertz
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 3.3 x 16.5 x 13.25
Weight (pounds): 9
Price: $499

Ratings: Humax DRT800 TiVo DVR/DVD Recorder

Build Quality: 89
The lightweight unit has an attractive aesthetic
The front-panel display is informative, but you can turn it off if you choose to

Value: 95
Potential rebate from TiVo may lower the price even further
Lacks TiVo Basic, so you'll have to pay $12.95 per month

Features: 93
It's a DVD player/recorder, DVR, and a media server in one
No editing capabilities

Performance: 88
Subpar video processing affects TV viewing in progressive-scan mode
Good DVD resolution

Ergonomics: 95
User interfaces don't get better than TiVo's
The remote lacks backlighting

Overall Rating: 91
The DRT800's price, features, and ease of use make it the perfect choice for average consumers who are ready to bid adieu to their VCRs and enter the digital recording age.

General Information
DRT800 TiVo DVR/DVD Recorder, $499 (check for potential rebates)
Dealer Locator Code HUM