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Panasonic DMR-XW380

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews of Panasonic DMR-XW380. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Comments about the finish and size are generally positive. The design and image quality also get good views. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and price.

usability, image quality, design, size, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-XW380 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-XW380 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the size. There are some negative reviews about the reliability.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-XW380EBK 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Twin Freeview HD TunersPanasonic DMR-XW380EBK 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Twin Freeview HD TunersPANASONIC DMR-XW380EBK Original Remote Control

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Jason Denwood (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 Freeview HD DVD recorder - Pocket-lint


The recession is lingering and the demand for HD has never been higher. The perfect time, then for folk paying the likes of Sky and Virgin every month

HD picture, recording options, Gracenote

EPG, crowded remote control, price

If Freeview HD recording and all round digital know-how is your aim, there's nothing quite like the XW380. It's a veritable one-stop solution for a home cinema, albeit one that hasn't embraced Blu-ray - and it comes at a high price.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Jamie Carter (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


Fed up with paying monthly bills? Welcome to Freeview+HD – and DVD recording too!

Fabulous HD & SD pictures ; Upscaling ; Exhaustive recording options

Slow ; Squashed EPG ; Complex recording options ; No DivX HD support

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: Seth Barton (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


Archiving HD TV or AVCHD footage to DVDs can be handy, but it's a trick that Panasonic have overlooked here.

For day-to-day HD TV viewing and recording we believe that a hard disk-only PVR is a better choice, and one that costs almost half as much (such as the £235

Aug, 2010

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Panasonic DMR-XW380


With twin Freeview HD tuners, a 250GB hard drive and DVD recording, this is a flexible device

Functionality ; easy to use ; 250GB HDD tuners ; solid, all-round performance

Too pricey in our book

Consumer review by: ibamul (

An all round excellent performer, with one important caveat


I've found this unit to be very good at what it does. Even if the software is a little sluggish it's neat and tidy and pretty straightforward to understand. However, based on my experience with this unit and with a similar model purchased by my uncle,...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review by: eastwest101 (

DMR-XW480 GLK Review - after 12 months of use


This DMR-XW480 GLK has been around our place for a year now and was itself a replacement for a DMR-XW380. Pretty much all the same features and comments as per my DMR-XW380 review. Nice improvements were the larger HDD and a few simplified and...

Feb, 2015

Consumer review by: NNair (

Excellent ALL rounder - Brand image changer


I replaced an older model recorder and i must say this one is worlds apart. It allows for easy navigation where i have never had to rely on the user manual. For a machine with so many features this is exceptional. I am especially impressed with the...

EVERYTHING, changes my brand image of Panasonic


Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: brown_uk (

Perfect Panasonic


This perfect Panasonic PVR has got all the features & 250GB is plenty of storage for heaps of regular recording. I have not had a single problem with it & has been easy to use & operate. Panasonic remote syncs with our Sony TV & works great. One of my...

Reliable, Twin HD tuner, 60 sec FF,

Wifi not built in - requires USB dongle, EPG can be unreliable

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: B.T. (

Good dvd recorder and set top box


I have had this for over a year and very happy with it, never had any problems with it needing servicing etc. i gave it 5 stars because it is a very good machine. The tv guide, recording and editing functions are worth 5 stars but i wish Panasonic...

Good TV guide, can record from Foxtel, recording is easy and intuative

Cannot record directly onto disk, DVD-RW functionality is not as good as DVD+RW recorders, remote control has too many buttons, high speed recording doesn't work on 2 hour programmes

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: ro50a (

Great, very easy to use


EPG very easy to operate. Tossed up between this and TIVO. I was advised you could get your fox to run through it and record it but i never worked out how. Burns TV shows to disc quickly

Easy to use, great service when ever I have had a problem

More expensive but ease of use and service has been worth it

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No


Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: No
3D Ready: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: Yes
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: Yes
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
MP3 Encoding: Yes
MPEG4 Recording: No