Having a Freeview PVR sitting under your TV separates the self-respecting gadgeteer from the great unwashed. We'd point at you and laugh if you told us that you didn't have one, but then we'd reassure you it's all okay -- as long as you go out and buy the Sagem PVR 7280T. The French company's follow-up to the PVR 6280T, the new model features a slot for TopUp TV, but otherwise it's business as usual -- record, pause and rewind digital TV from the integrated hard drive.
The £180 box features an 80GB hard drive, which is enough for 40-50 hours of recording. It also features dual tuners so you can record one channel while watching another. Annoyingly though, it won't let you record two channels simultaneously like the Humax PVR9200T. We like the electronic programme guide though, because it shows the current channel at the top of the screen while you sift through the week's listings deciding what you want to record.
We have a couple of reservations about Sagem's box -- it's slow to activate when you press the record button, and the manual is simply a very large piece of paper. We'll let you know if Sagem's Freeview PVRs can still cut the mustard when we review the PVR 7280T next week. -GC
Update: a full review of the Sagem PVR 7280T is now live.