True there are some real bargains in this department but bargains aren't t all what they seem to be usually there is a catch.
remember a freeview unit is basically a computer running the windows operating system.
If you do run windows on your computer you wil know just what temperamental waste of time they are.
The higher priced units such as humax do run the infinitely more reliable Linux operating system.
Freeview recorders are a real improvement on the fiddly and involved stand Alone DVD recorders using just disc recording,and many of the new recorders allow you to dump recordings on to a usb stick,then onto a computer.