TVonics has unveiled its latest PVR - the Freeview HD packing DTR-Z500HD.

The durable, rugged set top box has the same features that you'll find packed in the DTR-HD500 though in a newly designed aluminium casing that its makers state "is perfect for stacking".

The Z500HD includes HDMI switch technology which will allow you to hook up two HDMI devices to your TV using only one of its slots. It also has a couple of USB ports and series and trailer recording options.

As well as the new device, TVonics has also stated that it will be launching new software upgrades for existing HD (and DTR-HV250) customers, adding an EPG upgrade and a Dolby Surround Sound upgrade.

Andy Carr, CTO, TVonics commented: “Anyone with kids knows that nothing, especially gadgets, is safe when they’re playing. TVonics has therefore designed the DTR-Z500HD to withstand family life.”

“Along with wanting products that are physically durable, we also know that people want a product that’s going to last and not become obsolete the moment a new model comes on the market. That’s why we are committed to providing software upgrades whenever possible so our existing HD customers can expect to see more downloadable upgrades in the near future.”

The TVonics DTR-Z500HD Freeview+ HD recorder has an RRP of £224.99.