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Humax DTR-T1010 review

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Price when reviewed : £250
inc VAT

Our new favourite PVR thanks to the excellent YouView interface, but it's only a minor update to the previous model

The Humax DTR-T1010 is the company’s second YouView box, but rather than something completely new it’s really just an external facelift of the excellent Humax YouView DTR-T1000 PVR.

Although the DTR-T1010 is a much better-looking PVR, thanks to the brushed-metal effect front panel, inside it’s effectively the same as the model it replaces, running the same YouView operating system. It’s certainly not aimed at existing Humax YouView owners then, but for anyone looking to buy a new Freeview HD PVR, there’s a whole lot to love about the DTR-T1010.


For starters, it’s really well built and we love the look of the PVR and the way that the LCD screen shines through the metal-effect front panel. Once you’ve turned the box off, it also means that it looks a lot sleeker.

Humax DTR-T1010 front
We love the new-look, with the brushed metal effect front looking making the DTR-T1010 look much sleeker than its glossy plastic predecessor

The DTR-T1010 was originally available in both 500GB (£249) and 1TB (£299) versions. However, the company has now added a massive 2TB model to the line, which could be ideal for real TV lovers.

As each box has identical features and specs otherwise, the choice of hard disk just comes down to how much TV yo want to record and how much you’re willing to spend.

According to Humax, you should get 125 hours of HD programming or 300 hours of standard definition programming on the the 500GB box; moving up to 250 hours of HD programming and 600 hours of SD on the 1TB box; and the 2TB model doubles that again, with up to 500 hours of HD programming and a whopping 1,200 hours of SD programming.

Price is also important to think about, with the 500GB box currently costing £229, the 1TB box costing £249 and the 2TB box £299. Based purely on price and capacity, the 1TB box is the best value, with the 2TB model a premium upgrade. That said, £299 for a 2TB set-top box certainly isn’t bad value and if you find yourself constantly running our of room on your PVR, this should be the model you choose.

At the rear are all of the usual connections you’d expect to find on a PVR, including a single RF-input for the dual Freeview HD tuners, HDMI out (Humax provides a cable), and composite and SCART outputs for older televisions, as well as an optical S/PDIF for audio.

Humax DTR-T1010 rear music
All of the outputs you’d expect are on the back

As this is a YouView box, it’s essential that it’s connected to the internet to use all of the services. There’s only an Ethernet port provided (a cable’s provided) and there’s no way to hook up a wireless adaptor at the moment, even though there’s a USB port. If your router’s not close to your PVR, we recommend using HomePlug instead – possibly the TP-Link TL-PA511 AV500 Gigabit Powerline Adaptor Starter Kit for just £27 at present.

You get the same remote control as with the DTR-T1000, but that’s no bad thing. It’s well laid-out and the keys give plenty of feedback, so it’s responsive and easy to use.

Humax DTR-T1010 remote
The remote control is well designed and comfortable to use

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Analogue tuners0
Digital tuners2
Hybrid tuners0
EPG days7
Dual-channel recordingyes
Series linkyes
Video recording formatFreeview HD
Teletext (analogue/digital)N/A
Viewing card slotnone
Certified Freeview Playbackyes
Picture in Pictureno
Interactive content supportyes


Analogue tuner RF inputs0
Digital tuner RF inputs1
Hybrid tuner RF inputs0
RF passthrough sockets1
HDMI outputs1
Component outputs1
Output resolutions1080i, 720p, 576p
Total SCART sockets1
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs0
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs0
Stereo phono outputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF outputs1
Surround sound formatsDolby Plus
Other portsUSB


Optical driveno
Optical drive typeN/A
Audio playback formatsN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A


Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on18W
Extrasremote control, HDMI cable

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Warrantyone year RTB

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