PROS / You can edit and trim recorded content right from the EzRecorder’s interface.
CONS / The DVR is intensely strict in upholding copyright law, and it automatically prevents you from recording with a splitter or anything else that violates restrictions set by HDCP protection.
VERDICT / Though it has a large storage capacity and can record from virtually any source, the AVerMedia EzRecorder 130 can only record one thing at a time, limiting its usefulness.
The AVerMedia EzRecorder 130 DVR can record your favorite TV shows and movies from many different sources onto its hard drive. As nice as this sounds, you are limited to just one tuner, so you can only record or watch one show at a time. You may also run into issues recording if the DVR’s software detects you using a splitter or otherwise violating its built-in copyright protection.
The 130 comes with an impressive 2TB hard drive that can record up to 1,300 hours of standard definition (SD) content, up to 400 hours of pure HD content or a combination of each. However, it only has a single tuner – the lowest of any of the DVR recorders in our comparison – so you can’t record multiple shows at once or even watch a program while you record another. This limited functionality isn’t ideal if multiple people in your household plan on using it. Still, the 130 has a few run-of-the-mill functions you find on most DVRs; for example, you can skip commercials in recorded content and schedule recording for a single or recurring show.
While most other DVRs limit you to content from only one or two sources, the 130 is virtually unlimited. You can record your favorite shows and movies from cable, satellite, antenna, on-demand or even streaming video services. You need to have a subscription already if you wish to access any streaming services.
However, you should keep in mind that this DVR automatically prevents the download of certain content if it detects you’re using a splitter or recording something you shouldn’t be. While this may sound frustrating, it can give you a better idea of what’s okay to record and keep you from getting into any kind of trouble.
The EzRecorder 130 has a really limited port selection. With just two HDMI ports and a USB port, you may feel limited in your connectivity. Unlike the best DVRs, it doesn’t have composite and component video ports, room for a coax connector, or 4K support. As a unique feature, it lets you trim and edit any video you record directly from the interface. You can eliminate commercials or unwanted scenes so you never see them when you rewatch the video in the future.
It isn’t a large DVR, measuring just 8 inches wide, 6 inches long and 2 inches tall. It weighs about half a pound and should be easy to store or hide in your entertainment center.
The digital video recorder is backed by a hearty support section, with technical support and FAQs. You can even contact its customer support representatives via phone or email if you want to discuss an issue directly.
The AVerMedia EzRecorder 130 has a unique balance of features, functionality and content accessibility, though it is ultimately limited by its single tuner. It’s a good option if you require lots of storage and regularly access content from many different sources, but it’s not ideal if multiple people want to use it simultaneously.