Summary: I've been using this DVD-R75 recorder for 2.5 years with only the occasional coaster while recording to various brands of DVD+Rs. This machine seems to like the Fujufilm DVD+Rs best. I especially like that I'm able to select a screen shot for the thumbnail in the menu and also write whatever title I want for the program. In the title I called it a workhorse for a reason. It's been faithfully serving the role once held by a VCR in time-shifting.
Summary: BEWARE: DVDs are non-standard & incompatible I am bitterly disappointed with the Philips DVDR-3400 recorder, and suppose that all of its line has the same problems. I did not find out until I had burned 300+ DVDs that the disk directory structure created by these Phillips machines is defective. The main title on the disk you make will appear to "play" on your home DVD player... but ALL of the post-recording edits made (cutting out parts you didn't want etc.) are LOST.
Summary: I have owned this recorder since October 2003 and it worked wonderful for about 12 months or so. Right after the one-year warranty mark was over...it started to shut itself off. Sometimes it would go as much as 50 minutes before shutting off and other times, it shuts off the first couple of minutes. Either way, I have tried calling customer support prior to the warranty period being offer, and they insisted that I have received a replacement unit. Not true.
Summary: Well from reading the other reviews I can only add the same ole same ole. Purchased in Nov 2003 worked pretty well until 2 months ago.Seems like we are reaching the max use range on this product. Disk errors started cropping up, would not read the disk it just wrote too etc. etc. I just got word from the repair store today and the laser lens is shot and $350 to repair, needless to say what my decision was.
Summary: As of the last month or so, my Philips DVDR75/17, purchased in early April of 2004, is clearly giving up the ghost and approaching the "white light", so to speak. We had a very happy relationship up until then, created hundreds of DVDs both for personal use and family/loved ones from various media sources (VCR, DVD movies, camcorder/digital camera) and I loved it very much.
Summary: I had quite a few coasters from the get-go, but it would work well about 75% of the time. Now it has not just stopped recording DVDR's, it can't read them either. Only works as a regular DVD Player for regular DVD's not DVDR's, can't read it's own recordings or DVDR's burnt on my computer. Piece of crap!
Summary: On paper this machine was good and it worked well for the first year. Then it started to reject disks with disk error. These disks played fine on my computer and on other players. Then it started to jump chapters and titles, despite a firmware upgrade, rebooting, cleaning etc it just got worse and worse until I finally cracked and threw it out of an upstairs window into the concrete yard.
Summary: On Paper this machine was wonderful. It had everything I was looking for starting at a great price: Flexability of DVD+R/RW discs, front i.LINK connection, nice picture, easy menu creation... It was very easy to set up, I was happy with the recording quality and the ease of creating chapters and menus.
Mine had a good run, then fizzled out (too quickly considering the price!)
Jason Dickson "Needs More Money", Amazon
27 June 2005
Summary: I received the DVDR75 as my first DVD recorder for Christmas 2003. I was cajoled by the company's slick TV ads ("got to believe it's getting better ... better all the time"?) and also because Philips employs a considerable amount of people in my local area. Support US products, I always say.
Summary: I have had 2 of these, first lasted 2 weeks, its replacement lasted 3 months. When they work, they do a good job, except many disc errors. I would hope for so much money, it would last a bit longer Service department useless. It's junk, buy another brand.