Summary: I bought this player to record TV programs for my daughter. It works great. It took no time to setup and I was able to record right away. And unlike my Sony recorder that I purchased earlier there is no restrictions on recording TV programs. So we're very happy with the unit.
Summary: We had this product long enough for the warranty to expire, which is about the same time it stopped working, except for the clock. We missed a lot of shows because this thing would randomly malfunction, sometimes working great, sometimes freezing up completely so that the only way to reset it was to unplug and start over. I've had good experience with Panasonic in the past, so this was an unpleasant surprise.
Summary: It is my opinion one star is really about two too many but they made me do it. I have two of these Panasonic crazy makers. An ES-20 and an ES-10. I've fought with both of them and missed numerous recordings over the last two and three years respectively. The absolute worst part is when they pretend to be recording and then crash at the end of the program. I bought the ES-20 when the ES-10 died and was sent it off for repair.
Summary: I have had this for over year now. I just love it. I wouldn't know what to do with out it now. I have recorded so many tv shows & movies with it. I have recorded every one of my favorite TV shows, so when I go to the lake where my travel trailer is set up I can catch up on my shows at night or when its raining. It is easy to use & set up. You do have to buy the right kind of dvds (DVD-R) so you can finalze & use on the other dvds.
Summary: Worked great for the first few months. Then random freezes started popping up. Now it freezes every 5 minutes while recording to DVD-RAM or DVD-RW. I now save every 2 to 3 minutes while transferring video from my camcorder. Picture quality, even on the component outputs, was poor from day 1. So I record on this, then play on my Toshiba SD9200. Panasonic has some great products, this is definitely not one of them.
Summary: I bought this unit late in 2005. I really put it to heavy use, converting my VHS library, and burning a lot of other stuff to DVD. Before it finally broke down, it began to make audible noises whenever it was powered up, it also began to freeze up often, and had to be rebooted. A couple of days ago, it threw an error, after failing to read a previously burned DVD. It froze up, and had to be rebooted.
Summary: We got this player to hook up to TIVO and DirecTV and to playback store DVD's and home DVDs created on a mac. The player insists on setting up local channels everytime you turn it on until it is successful tuning in your channels. Since we are using it with tivo and directv, the player can not find any channels to synch. You can not seem to bypass this 'feature' This is pretty annoying. We also had to send the first one back to Cabo Wabo since it was defective.
Summary: I've had this recorder for over a year now. Within the first three months, the power supply went bad and screwed up the whole recorder. I had to get the whole board replaced, although it was under warranty. The operation of the unit is flaky. Sometimes it just freezes up and you have to unplug it. The player finalizes discs only half the time I try, so I only use it to watch DVDs.