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alaScore 83

637 reviews

Jan, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 637 reviews of LG RHT497H. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the LG RHT497H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 330 user reviews of LG RHT497H from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design


62% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: LG RHT497H 160Gb HDD Digital TV/DVD RecorderLG RHT497H Digital TV Recorder with 160GB Hard Disc Drive & DVD RecorderLG RHT497H Original Remote Control

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LG RHT497H review


LG's RHT497H is a good value mid-range combi recorder with 160GB HDD

Excellent features and recording quality ; Gorgeous looks

Remote needs a revamp ; Complex series recording

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LG RHT497H DVD / HDD Recorder


Digital TV recorders don't have to be expensive, as LG's new RHT497H proves.

Rear-panel connections are generous. The roster includes an all-important HDMI output, and thanks to the built-in upscaler it can send video to your TV in 1080p, 1080i or 720p. It's joined by component, RGB Scart and S-video outputs, while on the audio...


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LG Digital DVD Recorder + HDD : LG Digital DVD Recorder + HDD RHT497H


This unit has a built in Freeview box so anyone with only an Analog TV can now move on and since it can play (and record) DVD's as well as record either to the HDD or direct to DVD you have the best of both in a single unit.

The LG RHT497H measures 43x30x5cm with leads inserted. The front has a four position circular control and two drop down flaps (more on these in a bit) while the front edge of the top has a button at each end. The sides, underneath and rest of the top...

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LG RHT497H DVD Recorder + HDD review


A solid, dependable way to get free, high quality pics from a set top box

Tons of room for movies, upscaled pics

Cramped EPG

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LG's little black box may have an absurdly complicated name, but the premise is simple: whack this under your telly, and it'll blast out DVD and Freeview upscaled all the way to 1080p high def. The 160GB HDD will store up to 477 hours of video and you...

If you don't want a satellite on your roof, this as good a way as any to get better resolution video slung to your screen. Feature-wise, there's nothing frivolous included, or anything sorely missing. It's essentially the Ryan Giggs of set top boxes:...

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DVD + HDD recorder, thank goodness!


Our old Toshiba DVD/HDD recorder gradually 'died' (HDD kept corrupting so we lost more and more recording space, it stopped recording discs and stopped playing DVDS = dead!!) so we needed a replacement fast. Very hard to find a DVD recorder these days...

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Value for Money


haveing previously purchased the

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Difficult to set up recordings that work, also very very slow when first switched on. Likes to record for 2mins 59sec only on both hard drive and DVD before locking up.

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Worst purchase ever


I bought it on thursday, installed it on friday, worked ok on saturday & sunday, i.e. watching & recording. Monday I went to watch a recording & lovely picture but no sound at all. There was no sound on the recording or when using as a freeview to watch.

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Sadly already broken


This product seemed to work for about 10 minutes. However slowly the machine slowed down until it ground to a halt. The machine's software appeared to be failing it from the very start. However, Argos staff were great when I returned it after only 3...

Product Specifications


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


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
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: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
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: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


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


DTS Decoder:DTS Decoder
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital