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Good: Easy to use.
Bad: Unreliable - repeated breakdowns
Comment: The DVD drive failed when the machine was out of warranty. We decided to buy an alternative, newer Panasonic rather than repair the DVD drive but we had 2 different Panasonic models that suffered from the same problem when programming recordings (losing settings) so we went back to our DMR-EX75 and now it has lost TV signal reception so is essentially useless. So we've had 3 different Panasonic models and they've all had problems. Looking at other comments on the internet it looks like we are not the only people to suffer from poor Panasonic reliability. It is a shame because they are lovely machines for the brief period of time they are working properly.
Good: Easy to use, good quality recording
Bad: Panasonic’s motherboard will not last more then 18 months
Comment: I bought my Panasonic DMR-EX75 £295 in December 2006, 18 months later, in June 2008, it had its first U80 breakdown. When the screen display U80 fault, this mean that the machine is dead and need a new £250 motherboard to work again. The cost to fix it has been cover by the guarantee. However, today 09 November 2009, 18 months later, U80 again. Bad luck? Then just browse ‘Panasonic U80 fault’ on the net and see it for yourself before considering buying this machine or any Panasonic DVD HDD.
Good: 160GB hard disc, starts recording in 1 sec, picture quality of recordings is excellent
Bad: No HDMI input, only has an HDMI output
Comment: I've now owned the Panasonic DMR-EX75 for a month and I'm really pleased with my purchase. I'm glad I bought the Panasonic DVD recorder rather than a Sony, which is not as quick to start recording.
I think the recording quality is excellent especially in XP and SP mode, even LP mode is not bad. I’ve not tried recording in EP mode.
I’m a little disappointed, its not got a HDMI input though. Its not quite “future proof” as Panasonic claim. So should in the future I get a sky HD box, I won’t be able to record the HD content.
Good: Better disc versatility
Comment: I own a E100H, which I suppose is this machine's little brother, one of the first. I was extremely impressed with the machine after I bought it about 4 years ago, and it still serves me well. If anyone is thinking about buying this new machine then I would say 200% YES - get it. You won't find an easier to use, more versatile, and useful machine on the market. The price is amazing too!, I paid around 200 quid more for my machine then, and although they are similar in operational features, this one has all the bells and whistles attached. DVD-RW, Freeview, what more do you want from a machine? Just get it, go on, treat yourself. In my opinion you will not find a better DVD recorder with HDD.
Good: It has the HDMI connection, so there's no need for Scart leads which come loose, and it's very easy to record from the timer
Bad: Does not auto-chapter recordings, the manual record does not auto stop at inervals like Sony's DVD recorders do
Comment: Not a bad recorder, but I will probably change to the Sony RDR-HXD860S soon
Good: Ease of use, multi-region, lots of features
Bad: Looks, only a single tuner
Comment: This is a nice recorder which works well and gives great picture quality on standard play. It is simple to operate and very versatile, but personally I don't think it looks good. That said, it's highly reccomended.
Good: The menu's ease of control, excellent playback features and HDMI outputs a great picture.
Bad: Cannot play high-definition DVDs :-(
Comment: Excellent HDD DVD recorder, but unfortunately I was misguided into thinking it was a high-definition player, also because of the HDMI at the back, but this was not the case. It will upscale normal DVDs, but will not play high-definition DVDs :-(
So if that's what you're looking for then this is excellent, just be aware of this so no one else makes my mistake and pays a lot of money for the wrong thing.
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