Summary: Output is not "near HD" quality, but standard definition. Upconversion is SD but allows full widescrean only with DVD-RAM disk, all others are 4:3 and leave picture smaller or with black edges on the screen. An upconversion recorder is not usefull with a standard 4:3 HD or SD TV. It is nice to not have to use 2 remotes if you have a Viera TV (Panasonic). Operation is not exactly EZ and it takes a few trail and errors to get it right.
Pros: Viera works with Panasonic Viera TV. Has flexible recording allowing recording to fit exactly on a disk. Allows "search" to scan the disk.
Cons: Upconversion only available with DVD-RAM disk. Output is standard definition.