A key feature of this media centre is the fluid way that one can configure the IceTV EPG. Once configured, this EPG can be accessed from a PC, and iPhone, or an iPod touch.
The Topfield Masterpiece was easy to set-up and it took us a total of about 10 minutes to set up the network, log into the ICE TV account, and obtain all the available free-to-air channels.
Pulling the right edge of the front panel reveals two USB ports used for connecting an external hard drive or memory stick, while the rear panel sports the Component and Composite video input/output, HDMI out, Coaxial and optical output, Ethernet, E-SATA, and USB ports. The unit also comes with twin tuners that will allow you to record two shows while playing back a recording.
The Masterpiece comes with a 500GB hard drive but can be expanded using an external drive connected via USB or eSATA.
The main interface is clean and organised, making it easy for anyone to browse though the box's offering. Like any PVR in the market, you can pre-set the shows you want to watch or record instantly with a press of a button. Having an ICE TV account would definitely help, as you can instantly set your box to record any show that you may have missed using your mobile or the Internet. Recorded files are stored on the unit's drive (unless specified by the user) and can be accessed from the Recorded Program menu.