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This is the last video recorder we ever bought and probably the last one we'll ever use too. Advances in DVD and Blu Ray technology have led to the decline of the once loved video player and hard disk recorders such as Sky+ have meant that videos aren't even useful for recording on anymore! Back in the day, this would have been a decent video recorder. It's programmable by video plus and it looks pretty smart too. The problem is that it's been superseded by the products mentioned above. We like many people (I presume), now only have a video player in our living room for the rare occasions when we want to watch an old VHS home movie, but even these are rare nowadays. Compared to DVDs the quality is obviously not as good, but the real problem we had with this video was how long it takes to stop rewinding and fast-forwarding. Press the stop button and it'll take a second or two for the tape to actually stop moving - meaning that on high speed you can be a minute or two away from where you actually wanted to stop! May be useful to keep for home movies, but I think it'll be retiring to the loft soon, probably never to be seen again. RIP VHS.
Panasonic have a superduper range of videoplayers out at the moment and this is the one I've got. In the age of Digital Versatile Discs and that cray-zee new TiVo thingamawhatzit that records onto its own memory, Panasonic havent left it all behind them and have stuck by those of us that like our chunky video cassettes. Basically, this videoplayer is very good. It has some really nice features to it like the on screen menu that clears up a lot of the confusion of working these kind of gadgets. Simply press 'menu' and all the things you might want to do with it are right up there waiting for you. There is a table showing all the timer-records youve got set up very clearly and a library which gives each tape a label by which it remembers it every time you put it in and tells you what is on it. If the recordings are from terrestrial TV it can tell you the name aswell as the time and date of recording. The recording quality is excellent and the sound and picture are hard to distinguish from live telly. The nicam stereo recording is very pleasing aswell. A playback feature I like is the frame-by-frame viewing which is controlled by pausing the video and rotating the dial on the box back or forth to get to the exact spot you want on the tape or to watch a section in slow motion or backwards (worth a try!). I would recommend this to anyone as it is a nice piece of kit which serves its purpose flawlessly. A cheap alternative to a DVD player too.