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Technika STBHDH2010 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £30
inc VAT

Standard definition video quality isn't the best, but thanks to the HD channels, the STBHDH2010 is excellent value.


There’s an 8-day EPG which is neatly presented. Two hours’ worth of information is shown for eight channels, and a blurb for the currently selected programme is shown at the top. To the right is the all-important video thumbnail so, unlike with Panasonic TVs, you can still watch and listen to the current programme while you browse. You can set programme reminders to ensure you don’t miss your favourite shows.

Similar to Sky and BT Vision boxes, it’s possible to scroll to the previous and next programme’s information blurb after pressing the ‘i’ button on the remote, as well as up and down to scroll between channels. The remote itself is sensibly laid out with large, well-labelled buttons.

Technika STBHDH2010 remote control

It’s possible to create a list of favourite channels, and also lock certain channels so only those who know the PIN code can watch them. In general the box was quick to respond to the remote, but there were occasional quirks such as the need to press the Back button in the menu before you can exit it completely.

Image quality for standard definition channels was good, but not excellent. There were more artefacts visible than we usually see, making the text ticker on BBC News, for example, a little fuzzy. However, you’re unlikely to notice any problems in video without any text. High definition channels were as sharp as we’d expect, and looked fantastic on a 50in plasma TV.

For this price, the STBHDH2010 is a true bargain. It may lack internet services and any capability to play videos, photos or MP3s via the USB port, but if you only want to watch Freeview, it’s a no brainer.

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Rating ****
Award Budget Buy


Analogue tuners 0
Hybrid tuners 0
Dual-channel recording no
Series link no
Certified Freeview Playback no
Picture in Picture no
Interactive content support yes


Analogue tuner RF inputs 0
Digital tuner RF inputs 1
Hybrid tuner RF inputs 0
RF passthrough sockets 1
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 0
Total SCART sockets 2
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 0
Composite outputs 0
Stereo phono inputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 1


Optical drive no


Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 8W
Size 255x155x40mmmm

Buying Information

Price £30
Warranty one-year RTB

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