Pros: Pros? Glad the junk broke, got me a streaming DVD, I can watch Netflix, Youtube etc.
Cons: Broke the first time I tried to convert. It was past one year warranty, Panasonic couldn't care less, despite letters, multiple calls. Probably gave me a fictitious email address to send one complaint to. They're SO DUMB, if they had even given me a %
Summary: The Panasonic DMR-EZ485V is anything but easy to use. I bought it at Best Buy two years ago and will need to buy a replacement within the next month if I want to record the college football games I love. I had thought the problem was my lack of knowledge of DV technology. That turns out not to have been the case. The unit has given up recording in either VCR or DVD mode and now won't even play. Goes to show: READ AMAZON REVIEWS BEFORE BUYING ANYTHING!!!
Refurbed Panasonics Maintain New Equipment High Quality
30 April 2011
Summary: Had a same-model Panasonic and appreciated the quality. Since I already knew the menu screens and functions, no learning curve. For those who require a digital tuner, who don't subscribe to TiVo, and who prefer the ease of navigation on DVR recorded material, this is a high-quality model.
Summary: Panasonic DMR-EZ485VK is loaded with all sorts of problems. It eats tapes. It drops channels from memory. It's software is lacking. I bought Panasonic DMR-EZ48V-K afterwards and never had a single problem. I just wish Panasonic kept making DMR-EZ48V-K. As for their DMR-EZ485VK model, it does make for a good paperweight.
Summary: I own the dmr-ez48v version of this box. Keep in mind different models different problems. I've owned mine for a year now, & don't have anything bad to say ... really(well a plug in for the antenna amp would be nice). Let me just say 1 box many uses equal far less of a rat nest of wires behind the tv. If you have extension cords keep an eye on them I see on the news far too many times houses burning to the ground because of electrical fire.
Summary: Got this unit years ago to transfer vhs to dvd, 1st. Then wanted to copy tv shows to dvd. This unit did both very well. I have a hdtv with an hdtvdvr convertor, Scientific Atlanta, with an Acorn 1tb external sata drive to store tv stuff on. Found out I could copy an xvid or avi file from my computer to a thumb drive & play the movie on this unit. What a treat. Don't have to buy disks to write to, store, & eventually, forget about them.
Worked for 18 months now I have a solid NO READ error.
J. Ferrey, Amazon
17 November 2010
Summary: I researched this item and loved all the features. Paid around $285. for it. I have had panasonic recorders before and was pleased with the performance. I had it about 18 months with pretty good service. Then I got a hard "NO READ" error. Now it is unusable. An expensive piece of junk. I would not think about buying this model recorder again.
Summary: I bought the Panasonic DMV-EZ485V DVD-VCR combo, (thru Amazon), as a replacement for my Magnavox MWR-20V6 DVD-VCR combo... Why on earth would anyone buy 'a second' copy of (about) the same machine, when the 1st. one still 'mechanically' works just fine ??? The answer underlies my poor rating of the newer one. My need was to record (principally) educational video and catalog them for personal and instructional teaching.
Summary: I bought this DMR-EZ485V recorder last year to replace an old VHS recorder and to provide a digital tuner without buying a "converter box". Since I'm 100 miles from any full power TV broadcast site, I receive all television signals - some digital, some still analog - from low power UHF translators via an antenna.