- Excellent range of recording options, quick and responsive interface
- Limited editing options, no preset recording quality modes, no ability to record from the time shift buffer
A powerful recording unit, the Topfield TF7000HDPVRt is let down by the omission of a few features and options that we would've liked to have seen, but overall, it's a top-notch PVR.
Price$ 1,299.00 (AUD)
With almost every new television being released today also coming with an integrated digital tuner, the demand for digital set top boxes is falling. Nevertheless, companies like Topfield are still managing to make them an incredibly attractive proposition. The Topfield TF7000HDPVRt probably shouldn't be called a digital set top box, since it's technically a PVR, or personal video recorder. Whatever the term you use, however, this thing is a beast. With a 250GB hard drive, dual high definition (HD) tuners, HDMI and USB connections, and an extensive and highly functional interface, the TF7000HDPVRt is an incredibly powerful and useful device.
Digital television reception on the Topfield is top-notch. The unit picked up all local channels within a few minutes during our testing; it isn't the fastest we've seen, but it's definitely one of the most comprehensive. We then started flicking through them, noticing almost no lag when switching channels.
Recording functionality is just as good. With a relatively long history in the PVR market, Topfield has had the time to get their stuff right. Timed recording, time-shifted playback, one-touch recording and the option to automatically stop recording after a program ends are just a handful of the recording features boasted by this model. The twin tuners work very well, allowing you to record one channel while watching another. You can even record two at once, as long as you're watching one of them. In fact, the only fault we could find during our testing of the recording functionality was the inability to start a recording from the time-shift buffer (ie, if you've just rewound a TV program, you'll need to skip back to the live broadcast to start recording). Apart from this, however, the functionality was excellent; Topfield has included everything you'll need to record TV with this device.
To top it off (so to speak), the TF7000HDPVRt has an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The remote is comfortable, well laid out and responsive, and the on-screen interface is simple and intuitive to navigate. Connections are simple but all-inclusive, including HDMI, component, composite, S-Video, and optical and coaxial audio.
Unfortunately, as great as the interface is, it doesn't deliver a lot of options, and there are some omitted features which are missed. Most notably the ability to select recording quality modes, and the ability to edit recordings. These two features are important when trying to maximise the amount of video stored on the HDD, and without them, the Topfield is limited to approximately 70 hours of standard definition footage, or 30 hours of high definition footage. Without a way to transfer files off the HDD, this means you'll have to be very selective about what you decide to keep and what gets deleted.
Still, the TF7000HDPVRt is a great option for users looking for a powerful, HD PVR. It doesn't have all the features that we'd like to see, but the core stuff - recording and digital reception - is very well implemented.
Join the newsletter!
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
cloudandco Smart Cane
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Toys for Boys
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Lego Mindstorms EV3
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Foxtel Now's new streaming device launched weeks after TelstraTV
- Logitech announce new MX Sound speakers
- Telstra looks to solve 'Entertainment Exasperation' with new 4K Telstra TV
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCProject Administrator - Marketing & DigitalVIC
- CCNetwork Surveyor - TelcoVIC
- CCBusiness AnalystACT
- FTDNS Network SpecialistOther
- TPProject CoordinatorVIC
- FTSenior Healthcare Pre-Sales Exec. / Clinical Advisor - Perm - North Ryde areaNSW
- FTSenior Sharepoint Web DeveloperOther
- CCNetwork Engineer - Aruba/PaloAltoWA
- FTTibco DeveloperOther
- FTJnr Project Manager/Business Analyst - Software ImplementationOther
- FTNatural/ADABAS ProgrammerNSW
- CCData Quality ManagerNSW
- CCNetwork Technical Specialist L3 x 2 ? Large Telco ? 6 month contract initiallyNSW
- FTSecurity Consultant / Snr Security Consultant - Permanent - Nth SydNSW
- CCProgram ManagerNSW
- TPJunior Java DeveloperNSW
- CCSAP Fiori + UI5 ArchitectVIC
- CCSecurity Business AnalystVIC
- FTDatabase AdministratorNSW
- FTFront End DeveloperOther
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTIT Contract Analyst/ ManagerOther
- FT.Net DeveloperACT
- TPTraining ManagerVIC
- CCSenior Java DeveloperQLD