Topfield TBF100HD set-top box

A small set-top box that can be used as a recorder and media player

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Topfield TBF100HD set-top box
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  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    3.00 / 5 (of 2 Reviews)

Pros

  • Small
  • Works as a recorder and media player if you plug in a USB hard drive

Cons

  • Sluggish channel changes
  • Remote isn't great

Bottom Line

This inexpensive Topfield set-top box allows you to tune in to SD and HD digital TV broadcasts easily. It even has a USB port so that you can plug in a hard drive and use it as a recorder and media player. Great for anyone who doesn't want to splash out on a large PVR.

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Topfield's TBF100HD is budget set-top box device with basic functionality and a small size. It's a useful device to consider if you want to add digital TV reception to an old TV, or even if you want a tuner for a caravan or garage.

There isn't much to this unit at all. You get a small box with a channel display on the front and some ports on the back, as well as remote control. Connections include HDMI, composite video and audio, a USB port and two antenna ports (one which is a pass-through). It ships with a small 12V power adapter rather than an internal power supply, and it's a breeze to set up and use. For our tests, we plugged in a rooftop antenna and connected it to a TV using both HDMI and composite connections (not at the same time of course).

When you switch it on for the first time, the set-top box asks you to confirm the language and country details, and it does a sweep to detect the channels in your area. For us, the scan took only a few minutes and it found all of the channels it was supposed to. it's an HD tuner, so this included channels such as One HD and ABD News 24. Channel changes were sluggish compared to many new tuners we've seen, but since this is such an inexpensive box, we weren't surprised by this. Picture quality was decent and signal quality was excellent for all channels except ABC, which was a little erratic in our environment.

Because this device is only a set-top box, you can't use it to record any shows unless you plug in a USB hard drive. Once you do, you'll be able to hit record manually, or use the timer (or EPG) for any shows that you want to watch later on — you'll even be able to use time-shifting. We had no problems using a regular, 500GB, NTFS-based USB hard drive with the Topfield. It was able to record programs without requiring a format. We were also able to play media files (AVI and MP4) off the hard drive through the set-top box's media player function, as well as listen to MP3s.

The remote control could be better. It has very small playback control buttons that are hard to use and the buttons are very squishy overall. But apart from that, this little set-top box is ideal if all you want is something basic through which to watch and record digital TV, although you'll need to supply your own external hard drive for the latter. It's also a decent media player.

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Sol

1

When you look at the recorded list of programs, all you see is the date, channel number etc but not the name of the show. This a pain because you have watch part of the show just in order to identify what you have recorded. There is an option to rename the program (after you have identified it) but the new name stays there only if the STB is left on. If you turn it off, then on again, the name disappears and you left with the vague date/channel number etc.

mark

2

I uses the timer EPG with a USB and I know it records but when going back into the USB from the set top box to view the recording I cant find it.. Its there but not showing for some reason.. Any ideas ??

joe Mali

3

i bought one of these stb, it's not a bad unit the remote is a bit of a pain to use the feature that i hate is when you stop watching a movie via usb and then go to resume watching it it wont restart from where the movie finished but from the beginning of the movie. it's very irritating

Elaine

4

TRF 2100 Topfield how do you connect DVD as well?

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Jimbo

4.5

1

Pros
Small size, quick setup, good EPG, can playback many formats from USB, quick channel changes, good remote, simple UI
Cons
Documentation is poor, very poor
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Picked up online from Goodguys for around $30 and this unit has the best bang for your buck. This is a great this box to feed your obsolete analog TV via RCA or your monitor via HDMI.

Nice simple product from a good and well known (maybe not in Australia) brand and has some really good features…. pity the manual can't tell you what they are or how to use them.

Has power and channel controls on the box which is great if you need to quickly change the channel without searching for the remote. A nice to have.

Plays mkv files with DTS and 1080p mp4/h264 and even FLAC without problems (that was a surprise). Doesn't play XVID.

Documentation is poor, I couldn't reset without looking online for the default parental code (2606). Like all DVB T STBs the unit requires a good signal to get all channels.

Highly recommended for $30! I have purchased 4 personally thanks to the decommissioning of analog TV. So simple to use that even my mother in law can use it, albeit with the complaints of having two remotes!

Monty

1.0

2

Pros
Small size, easy setup
Cons
Bad reception, reception freezes, Could not detect any of ABC channels
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Bought one from Good guys, Wanted to replace PVR in kids room,My Digitec PVR can work and has good reception on all the channels but this box could not detect half the channels and reception freezes on most of channels. Cheap rubbish,won't recommend to buy.

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