Product Type: Panasonic DVD recorders
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A DVD and HDD in one! Great for family viewing and recording your Freeview programs
Member Name: thingymabob
Advantages: Its alright, but the dvd is unecesarry and restricts it one tuner
Disadvantages: cannot watch one channel and record another which is ninety percent of the time the desire
This device is basically designed around a family, you can use it for a multitude of tasks, these being watching DVDs, watching Freeview HD channels or recording HD tv.
The device can only tune into one freeview channel at a time, which means it can't record a separate channel at the same time as you watch one. This is a downside as most devices like this do have that feature. However, it is still really useful for making recordings of HD tv so that other members of the family can watch later on in the day, or on a different day if they wish.
As for the DVD part of the device, it plays region 2 discs and does it as well as any DVD player. The remote control deserves a special mention as it is really easy to use and you can use it to do everything without any hassle. Unfortunately we are living in an era when blu ray discs are becoming more and more popular and DVD discs are a lot less used. This presents a problem for users of this device as within a few years I estimate that it will become out of date and the dvd feature will only be needed for watching old copies of films which will have been replaces by blu ray versions.
Overall I think you are better of purchasing a different HDD recording device for the same price, even if it's one without the DVD features as most people already have a means of playing these and they are soon to be out of date. Other devices have separate tuners built in and this allows you to watch one channel whilst recording another one, this is much more useful as it allows you to watch a show whilst another one records that you also wish to see.
Summary: An average HDD recorder, with a DVD player built in
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