Humax HDR 1100s A Honest Review
Having been a Sky Tv cutomer for over 13 years I had got used to the layout and navigation of the Sky Boxes. I never went to Sky Q, but instead decided that Sky was too expensive and it was time to go Free Sat. Doing my research the Humax HDR 1000S came up as the best solution out there to get as close to Sky as posible.
The first thing I noiced right away when I turned it on was the Hard Drive noise, it was way too noisy to have in the same room you sleep at night. Much of this was down the having their mobile app linked to the box. It regularly checks to see If you have changed any scheduals, this fires off the Hard drive all night long. I would have thought they would have least put a HDD in that sky uses as its silent in Sky boxes. This I found to be a compaint of these boxes on forums.
I had to put a cloth under the box to dampen the noise, but this does make the box very hot.
The time it takes to boot up from standby is longer than a Sky box, but this was not too much of a wait.
Once the box loads up it goes directly to the Tv guide. The layout colour is good and easy to read. You soon realise however that navigating around the menu is significatly slower than a Sky box. I would say it behaves as slow as a sky box when it needs a system rebuild, or the batteries are half dead. You have to wait at least 3 seconds for it to respond which does not sound much, but when your trying to quickly move through menus it is a drag. Again looking this up I found users on forums complain about this. I tried all suggestions and came to the conclusion it was just these boxes have slow processors.
If you set a series link, the series are put into a folder. The problem can be when you have multiple series and episodes, they still go into the same folder together. The Episode and Series does not show in the title so you must press the infomation button to see such data. When you part watch a recording it shows a small circle thats half white and half black no matter how far you are into it you dont actualy know how much time is left to watch.
There is no "Next" button to watch the next episode of a recorded series so you have to go back into the menu to select the next one. There is no way to type in how far into the recording you wish to watch from. These are features you get with Sky.
When you do a search it will not find any results On Demand, but only Tv even although you have the option to filter the two from each other. When you do find somthing on demand your doing so in that dedicated app such as ITV Hub. This does not happen with Sky as it pulls in all demand findings into the same Sky layout. Whats more is you cant record or download a On Demand program like Sky. This means you cant skip ads and if you wish to go back to continue to watch that propgram you must load the app providing you remember what app that program was in. This makes things feel disjointed and is no better than the built in smart tv options for most Tvs.
At times the On Demand apps go missing from the menu, it takes a power down to get it back. Again with each issue I go onto the net and find the same issues brought up often with no resolve. You will get a work around at best but never see Humax admit its a firmware or hardware issue.
The only feature I like is you can set the forward button to jump a set amount of time, by default its 2 min so two presses can skip adds of a recording.
Deleting a episode is a long winded task. You dont have the coloured buttons used like Sky where you can delete a episode, series or only watched program. You must open the folder click select the episde which moves to another screen, and move down a menu to select either delete episode or series, no option to delete watched. Whats very destructive is if you have say Series 1, 2, 3 its all put into the same folder. If you chose a episode from say series 2 and chose to Delete series it deletes everything in the folder, all series 1,2,3.
The preview of the Tv guide is not staggered, this means that you dont get the sence of whats on next at a glance as the length of the bars for each program remain the same regardless if its got 2min left or just started.
This box has frozen a number of times needing a restart, On Demand channels go missing randomly, The navigation is slow, but I like the colour layout. Its not as good as Sky and thats the older boxes not Sky Q. The remote control is very noisy as each button has its pop like click. It should have back lite buttons and voice search at this price. The Humax HDR 1000S is way over priced, I dont think this box is worth more than £200 with 1tb. . It gets my programs recorded, If you can afford a basic Sky package its going to be a better exprience than this, just be aware of how they break apart their packages.Read full review
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned