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Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical comments about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 65/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder

 

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Poor performance

 

As a user of this product, I can say from experience that most of the negative reviews are true. However, since the Gateway is really the Lite-On model LVW-5001, to remedy the major recording problems I contacted the original manufacturer of the...

Update firmware available

intremittant recording problems persist

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Gateway AR-230

 

As a user of this product, I can say from experience that most of the negative reviews are true. However, since the Gateway is really the Lite-On model LVW-5001, to remedy the major recording problems I contacted the original manufacturer of the...

Update firmware available

intremittant recording problems persist

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Great Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder

 

Works Great. Better and just as easy as a VCR. I suggest Buying one. Great Price. Great Quality. You will get the bang for the buck

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Only works on this player

 

Cheap, Menu system works well, Uses DVD +R, Decent picture quality on playback and good sound

This player is only useful for dvds you will play back on this player. The finalization process does not seem to work well and all dvds created with this player skip when played on other devices. I have tried dvds in 2 computers and in 2 other new players

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nothing but marginal so far

 

SOME of the features are easy to use

Spent nearly 2 hours trying to hook the thing up. I found the user's manual to be nearly worthless. No definitions of various symbols, no mention of finalizing discs, and the trouble shooting section is a joke. Tech support was ZERO help in trouble shooti

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Simple DV recording

 

Quick, simple Firewire recordings. Excellent playback quality. Bitstream audio out

User manual gives incorrect instructions for recording! Lite-On model $70.00 LESS

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Gateway AR-230

 

Decent entry level home DVD recorder, great for everyday recording on DVD+RWs vs videotape. Multi speed forwarding/reverse to breeze through commercials. Good quality recording at lower speeds, acceptable at higher if just for everyday use. Picture deg

Many. For one, so many discs errored out when I bought the unit. Many because I chose to not use chapter marking, so the discs tended to error out. I was using Maxell DVD+R, and even on the package it warned about machines recording in '2.4x' speed to o

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I Record at SP rate only

 

Inexpensive, fairly reliable, simple after learning curve. Astounding playback quality - lose nothing from any source, 1982 VHS tapes were getting moldy - I was almost too late. I seem to get 1 or 2 "freezes" on a 2 Hour SP disc - maybe you should conside

The manual leaves out the most important info. Mine was a gift to archive VHS analog tapes recorded from a defunct 1985 camcorder. Maybe you would prefer a Panasonic unit from a chain store in case you have problems or get frustrated. But be prepared to s

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Never worked properly

 

Upon first using it, found that it was erasing programs just recorded on its own about 10% ot the time. Gateway service was of no help, and they finally said to send it back to a firm in Califorinia at my expenses for repair. After nearly four weeks the

Product Specifications

Finally! It's never been easier to record, play and store multi-media content on DVD - no need to buy separate components. The Gateway AR-230 DVD Recorder has it all in one package. Recording TV shows is just one click away with the easy-to-use AR-230. Featuring high-quality recording of up to 6 hours (on a 4.7 GB disc), it's much easier to record the shows you want to watch without spending a lot of time figuring out how to set it up properly. And once you've watched your shows, you can erase the DVD and use it to record again. With your DVD Recorder, you can save all of your family memories on a DVD that can last up to 100 years. The IEEE 1394 Input allows you to burn DVD videos directly from your camcorder, while the RCA Input allows you to make perfect copies of your home videos from your VCR onto non-degradable, digital quality DVDs. And when you want to sit back and enjoy the show, progressive scan DVD playback and multi-channel Dolby Digital (AC-3) make your movies come to life. You can also play audio CDs, MP3s and JPEGs. The on-screen display (OSD) lets you adjust settings and select options for your DVD recorder. For example, you can specify your TV type, set parental controls, and specify you audio type. Component video outputs deliver optimal color to compatible televisions with component video inputs, which provide the best digital recording quality from compatible TVs. Plus, you'll get the extra benefit of improved TV picture with noise filtering. Simple, easy, yet feature-rich solutions make your set-up a hassle-free process.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:10.6in
Height:2.6in
Weight:8.8lbs
Width:16.5in

DVD

Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / SVCD / Video CD/CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / SVCD / Video CD
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / MPEG 1 Audio / MPEG 2 Audio / PCM/MP3 / MPEG 1 Audio / PCM
Type:DVD recorder

Header

Manufacturer:Gateway
Model:AR-230
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Gateway

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty
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