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Review: Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder


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Here is our review of the Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder.


  • Record, pause and rewind over 85 TV channels: the T3-R 500GB records up to 300 hours and the T3-R 1TB a massive 600 hours
  • Catch-up with brilliant on demand TV from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and more
  • Watch YouTube and YouTube Kids on the biggest screen in the home
  • Experience programmes in stunning Ultra HD 4K HDR
  • Connect to a rooftop aerial to enjoy Freeview and by Wi-Fi or Ethernet for on demand TV

What’s in the box?

The box contains the recorder, a power supply, controller, cables and manual.

A Closer Look

Final Thoughts

The Manhattan T3-R Freeview recorder is quite small – smaller than a number of other Freeview recorders on the market. It looks at home on your shelf and only has a single light on the front to show if its on or in standby.

Connecting up the T3-R was easy – connect up the HMDI cable to your TV or amp, plug in an aerial and that’s it. You can also plug in an Ethernet cable or use Wi-Fi if you want, I used an Ethernet cable.

Following the on screen set-up prompts was really quick and easy and within no time at all the recorder was ready to use.

The remote is quite large but isn’t heavy so it’s easy to use, you can even program it to control your TV if you want to. Scrolling through menu options and making your selection is easy and comfortable.

Using the T3-R is very easy – just choose what you want to watch and that’s it. You can also easily set up things to record and playback too, and is also has a live pause function which lasts for about 2 hours if you need to pause for that long!

If you choose to delete a recording it is sent to the trash which is automatically emptied after 30 days, but if start to run out of space then the T3-R will remove recordings in the trash first, followed by the oldest recordings. Personally I prefer to have my recordings only deleted when I want them to be so you will want to go through the various settings and set up the T3-R to however you want it to be.

There is a FEATURED section on the Home screen that shows top pics from the UK’s on demand players organised into genres. This makes it very easy to find things to watch you might have missed.

One of the major selling points of the T3-R is that is supports up to 4K Ultra HD HDR resolution and the quality is excellent.

If you are looking for a high quality 4K Freeview recorder then look no further than the Manhattan T3-R, it’s great!

The Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play 4K Smart Recorder is available now priced from £169.99.

See the Manhattan website to learn more about the Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play Recorder

Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


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