Product Type: Samsung DVD recorders
Newest Review: ... great machine, does exactly what it says it will. It's sleek and black, like pretty much all of Samsung's products and of good quality. Hav... more
Samsung DVD VR330
Member Name: Siibillam-Law
Samsung DVD VR330
Advantages: Good quality machine at a decent price. Does what it says
Disadvantages: Slow-ish burning speed
We live in a world dominated by the media. We watch television and movies every day for hours on end. I'm not saying it's a reflection or anything on society today, after all I love films, but just saying that's what it's like today. We all have dozens and dozens of DVDs, I know I do, and soon that will probably all change to Blu Ray.
But what to do with all those VHSs? After all, less than ten years ago we all had loads of those and, if you're the sort of person who isn't all that keen on replacing every VHS with a DVD equivalent, you'll still have loads left over, taking up loads of space where you can put your boxsets.
I bought this VCR and DVD recorder combo as a way to solve that, to record the content of the VCRs onto DVD and be done with them all. And it does that fine, to an extent (I never knew some videos were copy protected, but there's probably a way around that. After all, I'm not trying to steal, just preserve what I bought).
Connecting the machine to the TV is easy enough, and basic playing DVDs and VHS tapes is pretty basic, and functions like you would expect any DVD player or VCR to. DVD quality and sound is pretty good, nothing outstanding or disappointing, but what I was expecting.
The DVD Record function is pretty simple, too, once you get used to how it works. The buttons and menus are all pretty easily accessible from your remote control. It does take its time, but it works pretty well. It burns a bit slower than the one on my computer does, but unless you have a particular rush to get things done, it won't be much of a hassle to you.
In much the same way, if you want to copy the VHS to DVD it works pretty easily, just need to fiddle around a bit with the menus, but it's all in the manual anyway and again once you've done it a couple of times it'll be easy as pie. Again it takes the same amount of time to burn one of these DVDs but it's worth it. The quality of picture and sound is good, and there isn't any deterioration of quality from what the VHS would otherwise play like.
All in all, it's a great machine, does exactly what it says it will. It's sleek and black, like pretty much all of Samsung's products and of good quality. Haven't had any problems with playback or burning yet so great value for money.
Summary: Overall, a very decent product
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