Summary: I just have one problem with this recorder is the unit shut offs after about 2 to 3 hours of inactivity. Does anyone else have this issue? how do I stop this from happen? it ask me after 2 hours if I want to continue watching tv it the cancell button.
Summary: This is the most complicated piece of crap I've ever owned. Not only is it the least user friendly thing I've ever owned (and I'm no techno dummy), the hard drive has failed since day one. I had to reset by unplugging and plugging back in after 30 seconds. Sad part is I wouldn't realize the hard drive failed until after I realized my program didn't record. This happened probably 8 of ten times we recorded a program.
Summary: I have two of these DVR's from Toshiba. The XS-32 and XS-54. Both units DVD functions no longer work. The DVR part still works fine on the XS-32. I was able to burn approximately 3 disks on the XS-32 before the writer died. The dvd worked for another 3 years as just a player. Then it died after our fourth call and an update disk from Toshiba.
Toshiba RD-XS35 DVD Player/Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive
27 June 2007
Summary: Personally I love it. Able to record over a weekend unlimited abouts of TV without wondering if the tape will run out. The only problem so far is at the beginning when I fast forward there was a bar on the bottom of the screen to show me how far in the program I was. That died and when I tried to bring it back up it was frozen in mid path. So I leave it hidden. The counter on the front display still works. Since the bar died, so did the channel display.
Summary: I had many difficulties with this product. It has impeccable playback on the DVD and DVR/HDD side. I planned on using it to replace my TIVO and I found that the TV Guide online programming was extremely unreliable and quirky. The most annoying thing was that I couldn't scroll through this listings without the darn thing trying to change the channel. I could not find a setting to correct this.
Summary: I own a Panasonic DVR which I really like. I wanted a second one for my bedroom, and this one was less expensive. Big Mistake. It does what it says it will, but everything takes two or three more steps. There is a couple second delay for many of the functions. You can't watch a DVD while recording a program. Nothing works smoothly with this unit. I really wish I had bought another Panasonic. Also the fan is loud and on 24/7. It just isn't a good design.
Summary: I have enjoyed this product a lot, its made my life much easier. I don't feel like I am a slave to the networks now, and I can skip commercials. I can write to DVD's easily it seems to have advanced editing, but I haven't figured all that out yet. It does take a bit to get use to, if all you have ever had is a VCR, but the manual is well written and its easy to figure out, just takes some practice.
Summary: while it worked well for the first few weeks, it soon stopped recognizing all DVDs and now needs to be repaired. It is very poorly designed with no thought to the user. The remote controls are counter intuitive and require repeated consultation with the multiple owners manuals to try to perform simple operations. Even though I have TV guide channel on my cable the unit is unable to recognize it or get information needed for programming. Manual programming is cumbersome.
Summary: Simply stated, I am very pleased with this DVR as it functions as advertised. What more could you ask? If I had to make a decision to purchase another DRV, I would not hesitate to buy the Toshiba.