Summary: With the video recorder world dominated by the big four of Sony, Panasonic, Sky and Philips, recording decks from other brands have to work that bit harder to make their mark. This is the quandary facing Toshiba’s RD-97DT, but it’s brought a few useful weapons to help it upset the status quo. The RD-97DT has a 250GB hard-drive – capable of holding up to 424 hours of recordings in the lowest-quality recording mode – and can burn videos onto DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW.
Excerpt: Toshiba's hard disk/DVD combo PVR is the most stylish here. Like all the hard disk/DVD combo PVRs on test this month, the RD-97DT doesn't have dual tuners. Instead it provides one digital and one analogue tuner, and you can switch between the two. This device is designed to function more like a traditional VCR and be used alongside a TV with a built-in digital tuner.