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.