It's my first Media Player/PVR so I am not a pro, but so far the machine is fantastic. I bought it through Digital Connection because one of the people from there posts on here, (Kai or Kei), and this is the site that I found had the most useful information.
I've read a lot of horror stories about media players so I held back for awhile. Then it came to the point where I wanted to back up my data, I would eventually need a tuner for an HD projector, and I wanted to archive all my kids tapes and DVD. This unit does all those things well though may not be the most awesome for any of them. But, as a bonus it is portable and I can easily take it camping.
In the past few days I have recorded three older tapes and copied the vob files over from some of my personal DVDs. It is really cool for that.
Right now I only have three of questions with the unit. A) Can you setup cover art for it? I have Linux so can't use TVIXie and the manual way I've done it doesn't seem to work. B) Can you change the clock setting to be twelve hour instead of 24. The TV shows show up as a 12 hour clock but the clock up in the corner is on 24. I don't like doing the math when I'm tired. C) On my small LCD monitor the menus are clear but on my older CRT TV the text for the menus are fuzzy and hard to read. Is there a way to fix this?
The unit is very impressive especially for it's size. I only use it for OTA, (not cable), and I love that you can see the programing schedule several hours in advance. I wish it would keep that information so you don't have to go to each channel every time you turn it on but that's not a biggie. I'm sure it'll take me quite awhile to figure out all the features but just the ones so far are a huge upgrade.