Summary: I HAVE OWNED THIS SINCE 2003 WHEN IT CAME OUT. NO PROBLEMS WHAT SO EVER AND WOULD BUY IT AGAIN. HOWEVER, IT WILL NOT PLAY THE NEWEST RELEASES (2007 AND ON) OF SONY DVD RELEASESAS. IT CANNOT READ THE DISK THROUGH THE NEW ANTI-PIRATE TECHNOLOGY SONY IS USING (I HAVE SPOKE TO TOSHIBA CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THEY ARE NOT MAKING AN UPDATE). BASIC TIVO IS GREAT WITH NO FEE.
unreliable as hell, hindsight would never buy a combo unit
gman1wine "gman1wine", Amazon
20 September 2005
Summary: I've had so many problems with this model that it's embarassing. it was incredibly difficult getting it to use a USB adapter (even according to cust. support), and the clock kept on drifting off so that in 2 months time it was so inaccurate you missed half a 30min sitcom recording (needed to repeat hard reset until it "caught' the right time). once this trick didn't work i returned it for repair, with the refurbished replacement unit not even booting up.
Summary: As is my general experience with Toshiba products, this is a quality item. It is constructed to outlast the warranty, which is an important consideration in the increasingly disposable world of consumer electronics. As an early adopter, this product introduced TiVo into my home. Now, I wouldn't have a TV without it. TiVo reduces the frustration and increases both the pleasure and the usefulness of television.
Summary: Let me start this review by saying that I ran across this item at a QVC Outlet store and it was EXTREMELY inexpensive - about $70. I had never had TiVo before so I figured for that price - "what the hell?" That said, since then I've added another Series2 TiVo to my home and just love TiVo... The Good: - I've seen other reviews of this product that criticize the remote, but I really like it.
Summary: This Tivo unit rocks. It is great. No problems with it yet, and we have had it for over 3 months. We thought TIVO was just glorified VCR recording, but we were wrong. It changed the way we watch TV. The set-up is easy, and the phone support has been great. A VERY good deal, INHO.
Summary: If you're looking for an inexpensive Tivo box with all the features, then this product does a great job. If you're lucky, you can find it for as little as $100 after a mail in rebate. The only real problem with this box comes when you try to use the DVD player. It is, apparently, very hit or miss. The unit I purchased worked decently for about a week, and then it would freeze when it reached the second layer of any DVD.
Summary: For a non-technical person such as myself, it was impossible to get the Toshiba SD-H400 to work. It comes with 4 (that's FOUR) different manuals and it was impossible to understand how to hook it up. After several days of trial and error, I had a technical savvy friend trying her skills to hook it up, to no avail. Finally, my friend called Toshiba's customer service, and after almost an hour on the phone, we got it to work.
Summary: I purchased this unit in May and was pleased as punch until July when it ate my DVD. Since the unit was only 2 months old, I was not happy about having to pay the shipping to return it to them so I held my ground and had to wait a day for a supervisor to return my call and he very begrudingly agreed to issue a pick up tag for it. Sent the bad one back, got the replacement and less than a month later, it bit the dust. Different problem this time.
Summary: When my new VCR decided to stop recording properly after a few months, I decided to try a DVR. I chose this product since I have limited space in my TV stand and because of the free Tivo basic service. Within a day or two, I was wondering why I hadn't gotten a Tivo sooner. There are a lot of great features. The ability to pause and rewind live TV makes TV watching so much more convenient. I no longer have to worry about missing parts of a show.
Summary: This thing is very nice and Tivo basic is addictive...and "free". Conventional VCR-like recording is also trivial in its ease. (People joke about how hard it is to program their VCR. Anyone who can't program their SD-H400 stopped breathing some time ago. It's that easy.) The fan IS noisey and it is annoying when the sound is off. You learn to accept it because the TIVO feature is so nice. The DVD player does not play JPEGs which in this day and age is ludicrous.