Summary: Picture and sound quality are excellent, but the machine is slow to boot up and shut down. The programme guide works well, but is not as intuitive as some others (e.g Sky+). Recording to the HDD from 2 HD channels simultaneously is possible, transferring recordings to DVD-R or BD-R requires a little thought for the best results.
Excellent image quality - best recorder ever owned.
6 January 2013
Summary: Excellent picture quality (freeview HD) looks like the original source and freeview SD looks good upscalled. Very good at upscalling DVDs and Bluray is amazing sharp images. HD space is sufficient (500GB) as the pure digital mode is very efficient. If Panasonic update the software id argue the earlier models are as good as or better because they also have RGB input and in my opinion look cosmetically better, although i guess this is personal taste.
Summary: I have owned a Pioneer DVD recorder for 6 years and it worked brilliantly. They I decided to join the HD world since freeview became HD. I thought I should get the BR version of this recoder and I did. The machine is fairly complicated and not intuitive to operate. The main problem with it is that it is tooooooo sloooooooooooooooooooow to operate. It takes almost 25 sec to turn on and let you use the remote to do anything.
Summary: I have now got 2 of these machines, I bought one back in September so I could have HD upstairs and when my old analogue DVD recorder started playing up I thought I would buy another. The tuner is excellent and gives good HD quality pictures (although only 4 channels at the moment). I am not too concerned with the adverts when looking at the programme schedule; that is a minor inconvenience and if you have a big enough TV screen it should be no problem.
Summary: I'm 79 and unable to read diminished type in pastel colours on most web-sites. Im also partly deaf and manage to watch TV by being only about 18 inches from the screen. So far, I've managed to make one recording in the BW889 . Now how do I burn it? Some directions please? Is there a users manual for the elderly?
Summary: I finally sold my Sky HD box and opted for this. I was annoyed that in order to tape onto my Sky box I had to have a subscription hence the reason for my purchase of the DMR-BW880. I have no regrets as I got this at a very discounted price from Amazon (I was lucky to spot a brief price drop).
Summary: I find it difficult to fault this product because, although it's expensive, it does all it claims to do very well indeed. The weaknesses of my previous HDD recorder (Sony)are now well sorted ie. fan noise, slow response from the remote control, inaccurate programme timing and unreliable TV guide. Picture quality is superb and operation is very intuitive. As with others, my only slight complaint is the existence of adverts on the TV guide.
Summary: I bought this less than two weeks ago and until today loved everything about it. Simplicity itself to set up and use. First time I evere paused live TV. Even the ads on the EPG were nothing. I had upgraded from a Panasonic DVD recorder so many functions and layout were familiar. The only reason I was not giving full marks was because it only plays region 2 discs and my DVD recorder was multiregion.