Summary: The Panasonic DVD Recorders are not user friendly. The remote is very basic and If for example you want to do an OTR recording, you can’t do it from the remote, but have to go the recorder and press record for 30min, 60min, 90min etc. The remote does not have a one touch copy facility to copy from a DVD to the HDD.
Pros: The storage capacity of 400GB
Cons: Very basic remote - Not very user friendly - difficult to operate
Excerpt: I received this piece of panasonic junk for a Birthday/Christmas present! to put it politely...I wouldnt give this pile of junk to my worst enemy! Ill start with the Freeview, Watching freeview is AWFUL, the picture regularly and intermittently pixelates and freezes, making recordings from the freeview a hit and miss affair!
Excerpt: Replaced my 6 year old Panasonic HS2 40GB HDD recorder ( Which is still a great piece of kit and reliable) with this one. Had it a week and absolutely love it. having had a Panny before then the layout of the controls and menus were all very familiar which I think is great as its more an evolution from what worked fine rather than being a revolution.
Excerpt: It will help you to know that I also have a very similar DMR-E95H (the old flagship) which I have used a lot for the last 4 years. The E95H is now starting to give problems (it appears that the hard disk is very hesitant to start) but it has been extremely useful and I did not hesitate to get another Panasonic machine - even though they share the same drawbacks! The E95H picture is good but the DMR EX88 picture is better in virtually every respect.
Excerpt: The is a step up from the previous model, with a larger hard drive and the ability to add CD albums, whose titles can be fetched with Gracenote (so you dont have to type them in yourself). Its an excellent recorder, but has some serious limitations. The first is that you cant back up the hard drive. You can put your entire music collection on here, but if the drive fails, you will lose everything.
Excerpt: This machine is straightforward to set up and, after a couple of minutes familiarising oneself with the remote control, reasonably intuitive to use. The programme guide is clear on the screen and the selection process simple, whether for recording or erasing. My only small gripe is the time it takes for the machine to be ready from turning it on. In order to save power we power down after use and the restart time is slow.
Excerpt: I bought a Panasonic DMR EX88EB after a truly awful experience with the buggy rushed-to-market Philips DVDR 5570H. Unlike the Philips machine, the Panasonic just gets on with the job - the EPG was downloaded within minutes of the first power up, the unit responds to remote control button presses quickly, it hasnt crashed once, its recorded everything I asked it to, and it all just works. Picture quality is noticeably better than the Philips too.
Excerpt: Having bought, three years ago, an earlier Panasonic DVD Recorder (Panasonic DMR EH80V), this 400gb model looked extremely attractive for both functionality and price. It has proved to be an excellent machine in the month that I have been using it and is highly recommended. The electronic programming guide is simplicity itself and quality of both picture and sound, even in LP mode, is remarkable.
Excerpt: Good recorder with lots of functionality however at this price you would expect that !! Image quality is good and does everything you would want it too. Its a sleek black design which looks great with my black samsung tv. However there are many cheaper players which would do the job without having to spend this much money.
Summary: I wouldn't touch a single tuner recorder with a barge pole, at any price and certainly not at £350! In addition to which, I do not believe it is possible to archive the recordings to a PC hard drive, without first having to record to a DVD, then read that with the PC, and only then then store the contents where you wish. It's annoyingly time consuming and it degrades the quality. Of course some people might not care, but a lot do.
Pros: What it does, it does very well
Cons: It doesn't do half enough! Any recorder with only a single tuner is a waste of money - at this price, it is a ridiculous waste of money