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Panasonic DMR-XW380

Panasonic DMR-XW380
alaScore 83

104 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Panasonic DMR-XW380. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The image quality is also appreciated. Views about the reliability and price are mixed. There are some critical comments about the size.

usability, image quality, design


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 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the design and price are overall positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the size. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

usability, image quality, price, design


81% 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 N2QAYB000477 Remote Control for DMR-XW380 / DMR-XS380

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Jason Denwood (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 Freeview HD DVD recorder review


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 to ditch their expensive monthly subscription deals and save money by buying an all-new Freeview+HD...

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 - but 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: Ian Morris (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


The Panasonic DMR-XW380 is a sleek PVR, and one that we think everyone will enjoy using. The problem is the hard drive is too small, it's too expensive and you can't save HD recordings to DVD.

Very stylish ; Easy to use ; Loads of useful features

High price ; Freeview picture quality not as good as some ; Small capacity

At £400, the Panasonic DMR-XW380 is £100 more than a 500GB Freeview HD PVR will cost you. What you're getting for your hundred quid is the ability to put recordings onto DVD, and, of course, playback retail DVDs. If you're in the market for a DVD...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


We've got to admit that DVD recorders aren't our favourite products, even when they have built-in hard disks. We've universally found them to be hard to get to grips with, and fiddly to use even when you have. We're hoping to report all that has...

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

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: (

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: mel the moose (

best for price


ease of setting up with instructions

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: Denja (

Easy to use PVR


Bought this to go with my Panasonic HD Telly, so can only comment on this as they are designed to work together using the Viera link. Can also use to pause live TV as it is a Freeview HD + box.

Jul, 2011

Consumer review by: Mick (

Great HD Box


I wanted a Freeview + HD box with both HDD and DVD recording and there aren't that many affordable boxes around with this spec'. It's early days but so far so good, set up was very easy and the picture and sound quality are excellent. I've not yet made...

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: condor man (



Good recorder would not want to pay full price for it

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: blueyond (

Excellent buy.


Am very impressed with all the features especially the High definition channels and the recording of these. I also love the option of recording to the built in hard disc or the DVD recorder. All in all I am very pleased with this unit and can't fault...

Jan, 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