Toshiba DR570 Record easy to use and set up for quick recording
9 September 2012
Excerpt: My old pioneer unit stopped working and needed a replacement in a pinch. This unit fit the bill, cheap and super easy to hook up. It has a choice of five speed, which is maybe more than you need one hour, two hour, 4 hour, 6 hour, and 8 hour. The eight hour speed is a little grainy, the six hour speed is ok. The one touch recording button is super smooth. on some units thats a touchy feature.
Summary: I am recording TV programs when I am not at home. Timer recording is good. Disk Formatting & Finalization are fast. Obviously, the Unit will loose all the programming when electric power in the house is off. Needs a battery back up for that. Too bad it can only record one hour of high quality. The 3-hour + recording image quality is not that good. Would be nice to have a Zoom Reduction in this case (not sure if it has it).
Summary: I bought this unit primarily to copy VCR tapes to DVD. The procedure to create a DVD isn't as clear as I would like but most casual users should be able to figure it out if they will read the manual. The DVDs I have created so far are as good as the original VCR tapes. One big drawback for me is that the DVD playback doesn't go out on the coax lead, only HDMI or RCA jacks.
Summary: Has a user interface similar if not indentical to Phillips products. Due to that, it was easy to set up because I have a Phillips recorder, otherwise, setup could be challenging for casual users. Owners manual is badly written. Remote has similar confusing buttons. Unit is just a week old but is working as advertised with good quality recordings.
Summary: I am very pleased with this DVD recorder. Easy to set up and use, even for the casual user. The user manual is not intuitive and not exactly user friendly but the information is there if you look for it. Setup is quick so the guide is a secondary problem. It records with excellent resolution up to the 4 hr. stretch. I would buy another one. Plus it saves a lot of money compared to paying monthly for DVR service from satellite and cable companies.
Pros: Attractive Design, Auto finalization, Easy to set up, Easy to use, Excellent resolution, Fast Recording, Fast Setup, Incloudes tuner, Simple Controls
Cons: Manual not user friendly, Remote hard to read
Summary: I got this to replace my Panasonic DMR-EZ27K DVD recorder which was always somewhat flakey (timer recording was unreliable and it would sometimes lock up). I haven't had this unit long enough to know if it'll work more reliably than the Panasonic, but here are my initial impressions after a couple of days: - It's got a digital tuner (ATSC and QAM), so it can tune in over-the-air HDTV and unscrambled digital cable without a box.
Pros: Built-in tuners
Cons: Bad remote, Discs Load Slowly, Doesn't handle DVD-RAMs