January 6th 2010 1:56 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use No comments good
  • Design and form factor It's a big black box. It's pretty standard, but it's not winning any awards for style. so-so
  • Storage capacity There's no such thing as enough storage, but it has a respectable amount built in. good
  • Expandability It IS expandable, but you have to pay DISH $50 for the privilege of plugging in your own external drive. poor
  • Other features (networking, etc.) No comments good
Detailed review
We've had a lot of problems with the TV 1 remote not working. It's not the remote, we've tried several universal remotes. It just stops accepting input until the box is restarted. The TV 2 remote, which is radio rather than IR, works fine.

On the software side, DISH keeps trying to cram new ads for pay-per-view in to the point that it's worsening the all around experience. They've even shipped out a few updates that were almost unusable, though were quickly fixed.

It's great being able to set the DVR over the Internet, but it doesn't always work.