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Good: Connectivity, picture quality, dubbing
Bad: Another tuner would be better
Comment: Had this for well over a year now and it has been flawless in terms of picture and functionality. The best features I use aren't mentioned in the other reviews prompting me to write this. I use componenet to connect to my TV. The beauty of this DVD player is it takes all input signals (RGB, S-Video, etc) and converts them to your chosen output, which saves me upgrading my AV amp. The other great feaure is the high-speed dubbing. Once you set recordings to be captured in this mode on the hard drive, shifting them to DVD is really easy and takes minutes to fill a disc. One-touch recording is also easy, I don't understand the previous users' frustration here, I just press the record button on the deck and it starts recording straight away. If you press it again it shows it will stop in 30mins, again 60mins, again 120 mins etc. You do have to read the manual to uncover all of this but worth trudging through it if you are buying a high-end deck with lots of features.
Good: One-touch recordings and good sorting of previous recordings on the hard drive.
Bad: The guide book sucks! Did a Braindead write it?
Comment: If you're not good at handling data, forget it! The guidebook is almost impossilbe to understand (also the Swedish version) To record from hard disk to a DVD is almost impossible.
The setup with a digital tuner, a VCR and TV is a horror show!
Not even the store knew how to hook it up!
The remote control seems to be OK when you get to know it.
In view of the cost in Sweden (£400) You´d expect a better guidebook.
In Panasonic's old VCRs they have a 30, 60, 120 and 200 minutes adding of recording by only pressing the recording button - here NOT!
Comment: Why would I want to buy anything else when its all in one box.
Good: Being able to copy from Sky Plus to this and then convert straight to video
Bad: Loses 16:3 format on everything except the Panasonic Ram video format - they claim there is not enough room -- ho hum
Comment: I really like this and it is great to use in conjuntion with my Sky Plus -- there are lots of niggles but when you do record the picture is fab. I wonder why it needs two tuners as discussed in the review but if this was your only source of digital telly then it would be a must.
For me this is a secondary tool which is fab, but it is a bit pricey for a first line machine -- although having E4 and Sky Three does mean I can tape all those reruns.
I agree it could be easier to use when you want to record something but hey I have Sky for that.
Good: Records programmes to hard disk
Bad: Lacks simple, obvious features
Comment: This recorder could do so much, but has been completely nobbled by the unimaginative software. The scenario: you are watching a programme at 11:30 p.m. and want to turn in. Wouldn't you just love to be able to press a button to record the remainder of the programme? Not with this unit! You have to wade through menus, check the programme guide or listings, add the details manually into a timer recording entry, and then press timer. And whilst you are checking the programme guide the sound and vision of what you are watching vanishes, so you can't even catch the programme up to the last minute.
This is not a modern recorder. I put the user interface in the 1980s. And, on a 4:3 television the on-screen menus are difficult to make out over 6ft away. Not so my Sony Freeview box, or my Sony video recorder.
This unit doesn't just need an upgrade, it needs a complete rethink. Badly done Panasonic. Badly done.
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