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Goodmans GDB300HD review

High design and Freeview HD, but this budget box still struggles

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Our Verdict

For

  • Good HD pictures
  • Easy initial setup

Against

  • Awkward user interface
  • Poor SD performance

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Picture quality is good, but not great; SD channels are upscaled slightly, but there's plenty of picture noise and some blocking. We also spotted a lot of jagged lines all over images, suggesting that the GDB300HD is not the '1080p upscaler' it's mooted to be.

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There's no such problem with high definition channels though, with ITV 1 HD, BBC HD and 4HD swimming in an impressive amount of detail. As well as being studded with vibrant and well saturated blocks of colour, we noticed that pictures were a lot smoother with no jagged edges or picture noise, though close-ups don't seem to enjoy as much detail as they should.

However, in this regard it compares reasonably well to most other Freeview HD boxes on sale.