Summary: No self-respecting DVD recorder dares show up at our testing rooms these days without a big hard-drive, and Samsung's latest contender doesn't disappoint. The DVD-SH855M packs 250GB storage, as well as a digital tuner and an HDMI out. But the spec sheet isn't flawless. The big miss is that, unlike Tosh's similarly-priced RD-97DT, it doesn't upscale to 1080p. So can it overcome this slight oversight with a mix of good performance and other treats?
Excerpt: The Samsung's DVD-SH855M look is spoilt by the bright blue light on the power switch, which clashes with the device's green LCD screen. The fascia's lower panel hides a useful set of basic controls, as well as composite, phono, USB and FireWire inputs. From its various inputs the DVD-SH855M can capture analogue or DV video either to its hard disk or to a recordable DVD at four different quality settings. The captured video looked good, especially from a DV tape source.