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Channel Master DVR+

    Channel Master DVR+

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    72 Global Score
    A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
    72

    A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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    Engadget Summary

    You're ready to cut the cord and save some cash, but there's just one thing -- you still want local programming. You can just grab an over-the-air antenna and get access to HD channels for free, but you're still out a DVR. Channel Master has your back: the DVR+ works with your over-the-air antenna to capture all your favorite broadcast programming at an affordable price.

    Like the cable box you just got rid of, the DVR+ has a"large footprint" according to CNET, but at least it's super thin and Digital Trends says it "virtually disappears" once placed in your entertainment center. While the device comes with 16GB of internal storage, Channel Master recommends using the USB port in the back to plug in an external drive of your choice, as the company says it's needed for "full DVR functionality." One complaint about the hardware came from Wired regarding the lack of built-in WiFi, noting that "a Wi-Fi dongle will cost you another $40."

    Once set up, the DVR+ provides a pretty positive user experience, with About calling the user interface "fairly self-explanatory and easy-to-use." The DVR+ also includes a traditional remote which Digital Trends says "many users will appreciate," especially when some competitors now rely on smartphone apps to navigate and control their devices.

    Competitors such as Tablo and Simple.TV may cost less, but they also require a paid subscription to unlock all the features. Channel Master has no service fees, but they also don't offer more advanced features like the ability to watch your recordings anywhere. With that in mind, the DVR+ is best for those trying to keep their monthly costs as low as possible. Despite the higher upfront cost of the device, there's comfort in knowing you won't have to deal with a bill every month.

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    Specs

    Key Specs

    Type
    High def DVR
    HD recording capacity
    220
    SD recording capacity
    620
    Number of digital tuners
    2
    Video outputs
    HDMI
    Service type
    Standalone

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    72 Global Score
    A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
    72

    A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

    How we score

    The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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    User Reviews

    80
    vze236gd
    There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
    90
    WinterSplinter
    OK, so with a base price of $249 plus $60 for a 1TB drive and another $20 for...read more
    90
    MightyMIKE
    The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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