My brand new Pace RNG200N arrived today(Thur.Dec.13).
First thing I should tell you is not everyone wiil have the same Software/Firmware versions for this DB,so my experience may be different than others. Mine is different than what DavidT has reported.
Could you post your S/F versions(Others can post as well). First of all I did not have to do any A/B comparisons, I have had the Moto 6416 & 6412 for a long time, I know them inside out. I will notice any little change or quirk that comes up. The Pace like the Moto has 2 Tuners therefore it can only tune 2 channels or record 2 different channels. You can record two shows & watch one of your recorded shows as well.
I was not suggesting that you did not know about 5400rpm drives,I was trying to make a valid point.
I am also up on all the specs for this unit as I mentioned in my post,I do my homework, research, so that I can be an informed consumer, so yes I knew about the Hard drive this is one of the things that impressed me about this DB the fact that they put in a WD Hard drive, I have been
using them for a long time & never had a problem(good quality)
Smaller, Quieter,Cooler,Less Energy Consumption Bigger Hard Drive...was not on my list of must have's.I did not find the Moto loud or overly hot.After exchanging about 4 of these boxes when I got my first HDTV they finally gave me a brand new box (6416) to rent, from then on everything was great except of course the problems with S/W. F/W
What I look for in a DB is Reliability,Picture quality,Sound quality,Consistent Signal quality,which means NO Sound Drop Outs,Freezing.
A responsive remote.
I really do not care what people do it's none of my business, I know I do not need to do anything,but I am testing this DB because I want to stop renting & buy, but I was not going to pay &500.00 for an outdated Moto box, that is not future proof. Look what happened to all the people who jumped on the band wagon... (777 db) etc. I was in no hurry.
Yes thanks I know about all that, Futureshop & Bestbuy do not have any, look at their web sites, Futureshop only carries the 550, best buy the 788
not the RNG200N. Nobody has the new boxes in my city,already checked. I also did not want to buy yet,I have always had 2 boxes & will keep my 6416 as well. I have rented this long another month will not kill me.
Download,Activation went smoothly,no probs...
So far I am impressed with this little DB,but first just some observations... the Pace setup screen has lousy Text, looks like something out of an 80's computer game,The one thing I did notice right awway was the slow channel changing when your tuned to a channel your are not subscribed to then press channel up or down it is Slooow. I tend to scan through the lineup at least once a month to
see if there are any free previews,so this would be time consuming.
Under TV Display Capability I said no to everything but 1080i. I have it connected to a Pioneer Elite HDMI receiver,(Panasonic LCD 1080P 120Hz)& set the video output to 1080P,Picture quality & sound are awesome.The specs say the Pace has HDMI 1.3a, I have no handshake issues. Recorded a couple of programs.... did not find any problems
with 5 minute skip,FF RW etc. Pausing it did not cause it to Freeze.
In IMHO this DB is definitely an improvement over the Moto's.
I see that ABC HD & Fox HD broadcast 720P the others are 1080i. I like the full program guide on HD. Now when I switch between HD & SD there is no lag my SD & HD are all output at 1080i.
The Pace does have impressive specs..Mpeg 4,Dolby Digital Plus 1080P,it even picked up that my TV (EDID) was 1080/24p capable. that is if Cogeco will ever support all this.
Now on to the dismal part of my review,yes I agree with others that the remote blows big time. It always seems that people who design these things never use the equipment. The Info button is insane,then you have a Menu button & Settings button that does the same thing, instead of the settings button taking you directly to Settings.
After all this time still no way to just press a button to get to your future recordings. 4 button presses as someone else mentioned. Just a simple question for all , I noticed that the cord that plugs into the Power Brick does not push in far enough it is not flush,is this supposed to be normal, I thought they gave me the wrong power cord.
Will report anything else I find.