Excerpt: Steve Jobs may have dismissed Blu-ray, but when it comes to watching and archiving HD movies, IP delivery and hard-disk storage have some way to go before they can match the convenience and efficiency of optical media.
Pros: User friendly, Versatile, Quality BD-R recordings, Remote control
Cons: Dated looking GUI, Adverts within EPG, No CI slot
Excerpt: The Panasonic DMR-BW880 is a Blu-ray disc recorder with a 500GB internal hard drive and twin high-definition digital television tuners. It builds upon the older Panasonic DMR-BW850 , adding DLNA media sharing over a home network, but we would have liked to see more extensive internet features. It is cheaper than the older model as well, which makes it a better proposition for buyers searching for an all-in-one media player.
Summary: A quick straw poll – hands up if you read the manual. Anyone? Bueller…? But with Panasonic’s DMR-BW880, it isn’t so much desirable as essential that you take the time to digest the instructional blurb – all 124 pages of it. That’s because, as hugely impressive as it is, we’ve seldom encountered a product as complex as this. Even precisely defining it takes some thought.
This Panasonic Blu-ray recorder adds features that the older DMR-BW850 didn't offer -- and it's cheaper
Good Gear Guide.au
12 December 2010
Summary: The Panasonic DMR-BW880 has almost every feature you could hope for in a media player. The 500GB hard drive can store plenty of compressed video recordings (which can also be copied to Blu-ray), its network support allows Internet features and media sharing, and, best of all, it's cheaper than the model it replaces.
Pros: DLNA server capability, cheaper than DMR-BW850
Cons: Still expensive, could use more Internet features
Excerpt: Let's face it, no-one bothers to read the manual any more. But with Panasonic 's DMR-BW880, it isn't so much desirable as essential that you take the time to digest the instructional blurb – all 124 pages of it.
Pros: Great recording and playback quality, huge flexibility caters for every need
Cons: Complex – so much so that it can be awkward to live with, not cheap, either