Stopped by the local office over lunch today and asked to play with the Digeo box. After a getting a puzzled look the lady behind the counter finally handed over the remote and made me endure her clumsy 5 minute fumbling with the remote before I could play with it on my own. She was just trying to help but I wish they'd realize that pretty much any average guy off the street will be more adept with this stuff than the receptionists, even if they've had training. ;)
Anyway, I've never used Tivo or any other DVR so I have no basis for comparison but it looks to have most of the features I hear about Tivo having. I also obvously couldn't give it a real rigorous workout in 10 minutes, nor could I tell what features would really grow on me or annoy me over time. But I'll give my first impressions:Good
1) All the main features are there: pause/rew/FF live TV, scheduled recordings (both single episode and "whole series" options), set recording options like when to start/stop (on time, 1 minute before, 1 minute after, etc.), how long to keep recordings (options I saw were 2 Days, until I watch, until space is needed, and until I delete).
2) Guide is nice looking, fairly easy to navigate, and fast enough that I wasn't annoyed. But not everything about the guide is perfect and I'm not sure it wouldn't get annoying if I had to use it daily. More on that later...The untested
1) I didn't try out the 2-tuner ability, mostly because I forgot. I presume however it's reserved for recording something in the background. So if I would have started a timed recording, I can still pause live TV. I don't know if you can do two simultaneous timed recordings, forfeiting the ability to pause live TV or not.
2) Because I didn't do any timed recordings, I never got a chance to try and start a timed recording so I never saw that menu. I don't know if there's "one-touch" access to them or if you have to go through the guide menu, which would be annoying.
3) I didn't tear it off the shelf to examine the back panel, because I thought that would be rude. ;) I didn't see that info on the website at all so I would have liked to have gotten a look.Bad
1) My biggest complaint is the guide doesn't use screen real estate very effectively and it's too hierarchical, i.e. too many "clicks" to record a show or see info about the show. My parents have an old RCA SD DirecTV receiver and it has a nice clean guide with most of the screen being a grid so you can see 5 or 6 channels at once and at least 2 hours into the future. This guide is one channel at a time on a rolling menu on the left of the screen. When a channel is selected a sub menu pops up with future shows on but it's pretty tiny so I don't think you can see the whole title of the show. There's another box with the start of a description of the show I think. Then when you hit select a bigger window comes up with a multipage description, or you can go the record sub-menu. It wasn't bad while I was standing there but the more I think about it the more I'm sure it would get annoying. It's possible there's a grid display but if there was it's non-intuitive getting to it. The moxi overview page shows the guide pretty well: http://www.digeo.com/prodserv/moxi_overview.jsp
2) Channel changing is slower than my Moto 6200, which I think has a reasonable channel changing speed. It was slow enough that a couple of times I wasn't sure the remote was working. The guide was not nearly that sluggish. I only flipped through the HD channels though, I don't know if SD channel changes are quicker.
Sorry this isn't much of a preview and most of it is already known but I only had a few minutes and I've never used a DVR before. It's still too expensive to justify getting it and I did ask and of course they insist on an install so I doubt I'll take one of these home. All in all I expect it's a huge step over the Moto or SA DVR solutions, but it's not quite as clean as Tivo is yet.
I'll entertain questions if anyone has any.