Topfield TRF-2100 PVR set top box

A simple, speedy, bare-bones set top box

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  • Expert Rating

    3.25 / 5
  • User Rating

    2.00 / 5 (of 8 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 249.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

Patrick

4.0

1

Pros
Easy to use, good general function.
Cons
Dreadfully incomplete user manual.
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Have had the machine for about 2 months now, have done numerous TV program recordings, good if possibly not 100% reliability, I suspect I missed programs twice now, but it's possible I made a mistake on the programs.
One curious aspect is that TV shows of about same length, often seem to occupy completely disproportionate file sizes, one 60min show might be a 3.5gb file, another might be half that size. shrugs. The list of recorded programs also tends to show them as completely different lengths to what they should be, a 1 hr show might be listed as 23mins long. However,don't fret, when you commence playback, you are relieved to find the whole show is there and correct length.
Learning how to use the machine fully, is maybe a combination of previous PVR/DVR experience, and trial and error. The user manual is about 8 pages after the usual preamble about installation.
Completely inadequate manual, but you learn operations by a close examination of the RC and it's buttons and the manual page on the RC layout, and by trial and error. Many operations and functions are just not described in the manual.

But for a couple of quirks, it has so far done some good recording work for me, and I record a fair bit of TV...playbacks are good quality through the HDMI lead, and easy to control for FFWD ads etc.
Would I purchase the unit again, for what I paid ?
Yes. So far I have had my modest money's worth. If it keeps going for a couple of years as it is, I will be satisfied.

Garry

0.0

2

Pros
Nothing is hot!
Cons
Don't buy
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Topfield must be the WORST brand on the planet. I have had more trouble than I thought possible. The remote controls keep breaking down., (I have had 5 within 12 months) It overheats all the time. It goes blank and then back to the picture at irregular intervals with no warning.

When you contact customer service, there is none. I think only one person works there and he uses different names. Every time I have rung, I got the same person. What a joke! I would rather pay more for a product from another company than buy ANYTHING from Topfield ever again.

James

1.0

3

Pros
Nothing
Cons
Crashes. Stops recording. Scrambles the service. The interface has bugs. I will never buy a topfield again. So annoying
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Do not buy this product if you want something that works as it should. I don't know how this recorder could work so badly. The only reliable thing it does is crash at midnight and therefore nearly every movie i record has the last 10 or so minutes missing. Lately it doesn't even start recording sometimes. I give this product zero points for reliability.

aggie

0.0

4

Pros
not topfield trf2100
Cons
topfield trf2100
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complete waste of money...have set up recording of shows..rec is on thinking it is recording..but it doesnt..and when the odd occasion it works the system will only keep 9-10 shows...

big al

1.0

5

Pros
simple to use
Cons
faulty?
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I have found three issues with this product
1. Normal TV viewing cannot done while the PVR is in standby mode
2. There is no clock display when the PVR is in standby mode
3. When connected to the TV with HDMI cable and HD station broadcasting in DOLBY audio has no sound. In fact it makes an annoying buzzing sound

I haven't yet looked at recording on it yet!

John

0.0

6

Pros
Cheap
Cons
Works occasionally, usually doesn't
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Terrible product. Records sometimes, even when its shows its recording when you want to watch its not there. When you do manage to record and watch it goes out of sinc and the sounds do not match up properly which is dreadful to watch. It says you can adjust and add time to the recording, which you need to do because none of the tv stations run their programs on time, but I have never yet had one that recorded when I did that. You cannot fast forward without it going crazy. The user manual is a joke. Do not buy this product. Its a total waste of money and so frustrating.

Waldo

0.0

7

Pros
A basic PVR that promised to work similarly to our TF4410.
Cons
A basic PVR that worked occasionally.
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In fact we have had three different TRF 2100's and none worked properly. Even after a firmware upgrade/reinstall it still skipped back to Live TV while viewing Time Shift. The fast forward and reverse worked randomly. The recorded shows could be played occasionally. When it worked it was all we needed. When it didn't, it went back to the retailer three times. I'm beginning to wonder if it has something to do with the Samsung 32" LCD it is plugged into via HDMI. It's all too much. I think I'll buy a piano and learn to play and sing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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