Product Type: Samsung DVD recorders
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Samsung DVD Recorder
Samsung DVD SH893M
Member Name: 2night
Samsung DVD SH893M
Date: 15/11/11, updated on 17/05/12 (176 review reads)
Advantages: Quick recording
Disadvantages: Rick of loosing those recordings
This DVD recorder comes from the well know reliable source of Samsung Electronics, and cost me £150.
It's a basic looking thin, gloss black machine and looks like any dvd player, nothing fancy here appearance wise.
It does however have a hard disc drive built in and also a free view digital tuner. The hard disc space is a reasonable 160 gigabyte, not the largest as there are 500G machines available, but it is a nice and easy way of storing films and programs at the touch of a button. Then if you wish you can burn them on to a recordable DVD to keep, or just to free up some space on your recorder. There is a HDMI output on this witch means you can easily connect this to any HD TV. The free view tuner is great, all I had to do was conect my arial and press tune and it did all the work for me. It tuned in all of the free view channels available in my area. It's not all that simple though. My other family members say that it's a bit confusing if you are not very technically minded. They find it particular hard to set a program to record and to make sure it doesn't cut off before the end of their show. The menus can be a bit confusing and there are a lot of them so that might put you off.
The free view can get a bit choppy if the weather is bad or your signal is low. And also there is a a warning that if there is a hard disc failure all recordings could be lost. So they recommend that you record wanted material onto other formats. That worries me as what's the point of having a hard disc recorder if it's going to be so temperamental.
The DVD works well and supports 5.1 surround sound if you wish to connect this to a sound system.
The remote is pretty standard and comes in the same finish as the recorder itself.
This isn't the most expensive of machines and in my opinion it shows.
Summary: Basic hard disk recorder
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