Me, my Grandad, 1 of my mates and now my parents all have Humax 9200TBs.
They're twin tuner, they're actually genuinely reliable and never crash -
which cheap ones do, and you can miss out on recordings. Often they need to
be unplugged an plugged back in, which was always very annoying on my old
Thomson as it crashed at least once or twice a month, sometimes twice in a
week, and the plugs were very inaccessible.
It's very easy to use, and has the series record feature, which is awesome.
One click records every episode, and even if the program runs on 10 mins, it
doesn't cut it off, just records till it finishes. Not so sure how it does
that, but it's great :-) Something to do with being Freeview Group 2
complient. My mates and parents' both arrived like that, I'd already had
mine 6 months, but it did an over the air update, and when I turned it on
the next day it had all the new features, like series link, which was pretty
awesome I though.
Also, you can record two things, and watch a recording all at the same time
:-) The twin tuner is 100%% necessary, I wouldn't even consider one without,
otherwise if two things are on at once, you can't record one and watch the
other, you have to watch the one you record, and miss the other - and what's
the point in that?
It is a little more expensive than the really cheap ones, but trust me,
they're so infuriating when they crash, the urge to throw them through the
window is massive...
It seems to have been supersceded by this, the 9300 with a 300gb hard drive,
at £199, whereas mine has only a 160gb - but that holds like, mega loads
heh. My advice would be to find somewhere selling the 9200TB off cheap,
John Lewis were doing it for £149, but seem to have sold out. However if
you don't mind spending more on the 9300 then I have no doubt it's a
brilliant machine, although I can't actually give a personal recommendation