Humax HDR-Fox T2 Review

(digital MHP receiver)
Humax HDR-Fox T2

Above average (B) 14 reviews 01/2013
539 opinions (Above average)
Product specification:
  • Type: Freeview (DVB-T)
  • Integrated Modules / Features: …
  • Interface: HDMI, CI, … more information


S21
1/2013
Single test
"excellent" (4 out of 5 stars)

Although the HDR-Fox T2 has a strong competitor in the company's own DRT-T1000 with YouView, it's still a strong Freeview+ box with a good number of features whose strongest point for S21 is its support for home networking. It loses points for its user unfriendliness, however, with the remote being a particularly significant cause of frustration.

 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Magazine 12/2011
Place 1 out of 4
"stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"FOR: Attractive design; BBC iPlayer and internet radio function; easy to operate; excellent picture quality; punchy sound.
AGAINST: Still no Sky Player functionality."

 
The Gadget Show
5/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 points

FiveFWD had to look very hard to find any flaws in the HDR-Fox T2, and the only thing they could bring up was that it will automatically upscale any source to 1080i, something that should be handled by the TV. Apart from that, this is simply the best Freeview HD box on the market, delivering great quality pictures as well as acting as an excellent media streamer too.

 
T3
4/2011
Place 2 out of 5
4 out of 5 stars

The Humax HDR-Fox T2 doesn't currently have movies on demand, but apart from that and the plasticky remote control, T3 had little else to criticise. It is simple to set-up and use, offers one HD channel more than Freesat without any monthly subscription and also has a superb Smart TV Portal and web widgets.

 
Expert Reviews
2/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Despite some reservations about the price of the Humax HDR-Fox T2, Expert Reviews consider this to be the best Freeview HD PVR around. Packed with features, including iPlayer built-in, this easy to use and functional device has a 500GB hard disk and generally produces sharp pictures, however the upscaling of SD broadcasts is relatively disappointing.

 
GadgetSpeak
1/2011
Single test
4 out of 5 points

Value for money: 3 out of 5 points

GadgetSpeak found the Humax HDR-Fox T2 to be pleasant enough with its superb HD and standard recording quality and decent playback. The reviewer considered this HD PVR to be better than some others tested, although they were not keen on the orange display. As it is a dual tuner, it is possible to record two programs simultaneously while watching a previously recorded program.

 
T3
1/2011
Place 1 out of 6
4 out of 5 stars

"Best: Ease of use", "Test Winner"

The Humax HDR-Fox T2 does not upscale very well, and the pictures in SD are somewhat soft, but T3 were still impressed with this device. Dual tuners give the option of recording two things at the same time, and there is decent support for different file types. It also converts audio to Dolby Digital 5.1. Info: This product received the same score in this test most recent reviews in T3.

 
TrustedReviews
10/2010
Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 7 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

The excellent HDR-Fox T2 is the best Freeview HD recorder currently available according to TrustedReviews, but its extra features, which some might see as superfluous, carry a significant price increase over its rivals. If money is not a problem, however, its twin tuners, stunning EPG, recording flexibility, USB slot, streaming capabilities and perfect picture quality make it without a doubt the option to go for.

 
Computer act!ve
9/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Computer Act!ve were impressed with the picture quality they got from the Humax HDR-Fox T2 Freeview HD. They thought it was a straightforward machine and liked the media streaming features, even though it doesn't allow all formats. They found a couple of interface glitches, but overall thought it dependable. Will suit if you wish to upgrade to Freeview HD.

 
CNET.co.uk
9/2010
Single test
4 out of 5 stars

Cnet enthused over Humax's HDR-FOX T2, stating that they would not hesitate to recommend the Freeview recording device. However, the reviewer did find the device somewhat over-priced and under capacity with regard to the storage expected for this outlay. Nevertheless, they believe it to be a good machine that does what it is supposed to, and does it well.

 
Electric Pig
8/2010
Single test
5 out of 5 stars

Electric Pig rated the Humax HDR-Fox T2 positively for the fact that it boasted both a Freeview HD and PVR as well as a good User Interface, whilst the lack of built in WiFi was a notable negative. However, the reviewer still considered this model to be the best Freeview HD PVR to have been produced so far, and recommends it, especially to those not so comfortable with technology.

 
What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
Magazine 10/2010
Single test
"stunning all-rounder" (5 out of 5 stars)

"FOR: Great to use; exciting features in the pipeline; superb picture quality; excellent sound ...
AGAINST: Having to wait until October for the new features; can't output SD and HD resolutions automatically." Info: This product was retested here 12/2011 by What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and received the same final score.

 
Pocket-lint.co.uk
8/2010
Single test
9 out of 10 points

"Hot Product"

"For the most part a joy to use, this slick and speedy set-top box/home hub's Freeview+ functionality is perhaps as important as its high-def ambitions and puts it alongside the likes of Sky+ and Virgin V+ on sheer ease of use. It does lack a third tuner - as all Freeview HD recorders do - but trumps its rivals by adding DivX HD and Dolby Digital support. It may look similar to other Freeview HD recorders on the market, but presentation is key and Humax's concentration on its user interface has once again paid-off - this is the finest product in its category."

 
TechRadar UK
8/2010
Single test
4.5 out of 5 stars

TechRadar found very little to criticise in the HDR-FOX T2 and many features that made it stand out from the Freeview crowd, such as its intuitive user interface, smooth navigation, HD and SD image quality, multi-format compatibility and Dolby Digital surround sound. Its only downsides are that it's expensive and VoD will not be available until late 2010.

 
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