Behold the new design for the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S, simple, modern, uncluttered; we like it a lot!
This will be the design for the 320GB Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD Receiver due for launch in late April/early May. We very much like the simplistic look of it, black panel with 5 buttons on the top lip (rewind, stop, play/pause, fastforward, record).
Some of the key features include:
- Whisper Quiet – Unlike most TV recorders the Plaza HDR-S is whisper quiet in operation due to its fanless design and use of the latest hard disk technology from Western Digital. The AV-class hard disk uses a Fluid Dynamic Bearing motor to reduce noise and increase reliability whilst IntelliSeek™ optimises seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
- The Plaza HDR-S keeps things organised for you by automatically grouping your recordings by series.
- Freesat On Demand TV with BBC iPlayer & ITV Player
- Favourites function simplified and improved from HD-S. There’s only a single list (which makes setting up favourites easier) and you can now filter the EPG to just show your favourites by pressing the STAR button in the EPG.
- Whilst watching TV you can press the STAR button to change to your next favourites channel, however if you bring the banner up first it will just cycle the banner thru your favourite channels, allowing you to easily see what is on your favourite channels without leaving live TV.
- Auto scan of non-freesat channels as on Plaza HD-S. These can be added to your favourites list and accessed via the STAR button on the remote (though not in the EPG, which is freesat-only).
- You can set programmes to record, to be reminded about, or both.
- When not in use the Plaza HDR-S’ advanced power management automatically puts it into an ultra low-power standby mode that consumes less than 1W of power.
- Ultra compact – it’s actually shorter and less deep than the Plaza HD-S and only 2cm wider.
Below are some screen-shots of the record functionality which appears to be a very clear layout/display compared to some of the other Freesat+ models.
If the product is as good in quality and usability as it looks, we think Manhattan will be on to a winner, especially with an expected retail price of under £190.
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