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Dish Network Hopper

Dish Network Hopper

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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).

Engadget Review

Although the Hopper offers some unique features you can't find anywhere else, it leaves big-enough holes to prevent us from calling it our favorite.

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

20
CaseyP
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
70
jimmez100
My biggest complaint is the searching for movies/sports/shows. When it comes...read more
10
mjz3409
I never even received the product, because dish was not able to get a signal...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
80
Engadget
If you have Dish already and can't decide if it's worth the upgrade: it's a no brainer. The only person we'd even hesitate recommending this to is the TiVo evangelist or Windows Media Center fan, and even in those cases, we could make a strong argument that the Hopper has more to offer.
 
90
PC Mag
It only has three tuners to the TiVo Elite's four and it doesn't suggest and automatically populate your DVR schedule based on your watching habits, but its price, clean design, and easy support for multi-room DVR make it a must-have for Dish Network subscribers.