Humax T2500 TiVo Series2 DVR At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Humax T2500 TiVo Series2 DVR

Onscreen Guide: TiVo Series2
Hard Drive Size: 250 gigabytes
Quality Settings: Best (82 hours), High (132 hours), Medium (173 hours), Basic (302 hours)
No. of Internal Tuners: 1
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 3.4 x 15 x 12
Weight (pounds): 9
Price: $699, TiVo service: $12.95/month

Video: S-video (1), composite (1)
Audio: analog stereo (1)

Video: S-video (1), composite (2)
Audio: analog stereo (2)

RF in (1), RF out (1), USB 1.1 (2), IR blaster port (1), RS-232 (1), phone line (1)

Ratings: Humax T2500 TiVo Series2 DVR

Build Quality: 87
Tight fit and finish
Runs quietly
The box seems sturdy enough, but we don't recommend that you stack heavy gear on top of it

Value: 90
The largest-capacity hard drive in any TiVo, still at a reasonable price
Music and photos add to the fun. . .and the value
Plenty of handy cabling is included, but not the network adapter

Features: 89
A single tuner
Your basic digital video recording, plus audio/photo streaming
S-video is the best-quality video output
Online TiVo management adds another level of usability

Performance: 83
The picture quality varies greatly
Channel changing can be slow
Online scheduling works, with a few glitches

Ergonomics: 86
Relatively simple "peanut" remote
Adding/deleting channels can be a laborious undertaking
The button-free front panel has a sleek look but zero hands-on interactivity

Overall Rating: 87
With the T2500, Humax has made a 250-gigabyte splash, although a second tuner would help exploit that vast hard drive. While the latest TiVo software still shows room for improvement, the Wi-Fi music and photo sharing functions are already ahead of the game.

General Information
T2500 TiVo Series2 DVR, $699
TiVo service: $12.95/month
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