First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
- Dual HD tuners, simple recording, great range of supported file types, USB hard disk drive-based nature gives flexibility
- No customisable recording modes, hidden cost with USB hard disk drive required to record
A great product, although ultimately its usefulness hinges on the use of a USB hard disk drive instead of an internal one. If this appeals to you, then the DP-H1 is well worth considering.
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Beyonwiz's latest PVR, the DP-H1, delivers an interesting twist to the traditional design. Without an included hard drive, the H1 relies on USB hard drives to record to. Like beyonwiz's other units, the H1 includes media streaming and digital reception, and its USB-based nature gives it an added layer of flexibility that will appeal to many users.
The initial channel scan tends to be somewhat slow, but for something that only needs to be performed once, it's not a huge issue. Once scanned, the channels can be easily arranged into one of several favourites menus to make navigation easier, although a slight lag (less than a second) may hinder rapid channel flicking.
Recording is simple enough, although as with other beyonwiz products, it still lacks customisable recording modes. Nevertheless, a simple and well laid out timer and recording interface makes for quick recording or setting up timers a breeze, and dual tuners mean that users can record two channels at once.
The use of USB-based hard disk drives is an interesting choice, with both benefits and drawbacks. For instance, it allows users to select the size of the drive they wish to use, but it also adds an extra cost. The convenience of being able to remove the drive is great, but at the same time it also causes extra clutter in the living room. Once a USB hard disk drive (note that flash-based USB memory, such as memory sticks, will not work in this capacity) has been selected, it must be formatted, and will then become recordable.
Media streaming is available over Ethernet, although no wireless is available. Still, it works well, with a broad range of supported file types including DivX, MPG, MP4, AVI, WMV, WMA, AAC, Ogg, MP3, JPEG, and many more. The same file types are supported when played from USB flash memory storage.
The H1's design is in line with the other products in beyonwiz's range, sporting a flip down glass front panel and a circular navigation pad in the centre. The back houses connections, including HDMI, Ethernet and two USB ports, as well as the standard range of AV outputs.
As with its sister products, the H1's interface is large and well laid out, making it easy to navigate the large array of options available to the user. Plenty of options are available, however the unit's multi-tiered menu system makes finding them quite simple.
Overall, the DP-H1 is quite an impressive PVR with media streaming capabilities. What really sets it apart is the support for USB hard disk drives. Whether this is an advantage or disadvantage will depend entirely on the user, however for those to whom it appeals, this product comes highly recommended.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.