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Lite-On LVW-5045

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the design.

value for money, usability, image quality, reliability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Lite-On LVW-5045 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 247 reviews)

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LVW-5045 DVD Recorder


At $290, the Lite-On LVW-5045 is the least expensive of the DVD and hard drive recorders we looked at for our January 2006 roundup, despite including both a DVD and a VHS deck. But there is a trade-off: Many features that make the more-expensive...

Other niceties include support for both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW format discs; a roomy 160GB hard drive that can hold up to 196 hours of video (at the lowest quality setting; capacity falls to 33 at the highest quality); the ability to pause live TV; and...

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Lite-On LVW-5045 DVD Recorder


FireWire Input, Huge Hard Drive, Some Editing Options

Needed updated firmware, No EPG (Electronic Programming Guide), Questionable FireWire Issues

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Lite-on LVW-5045 Recorder


Based upon the powerful LSI Logic Dimension 2 chipset, the Lite-On LVW-5045 offers both optical disk and hard drive video recording within a single set-top box.

Intuitive interface, AllWrite technology, Firewire port

No MPEG-4 support


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LiteOn LVW-5045 HDD&DVD Recorder


Standalone recorders are currently getting more and more popular and the market is already full of such devices. We can safely assume that further development in this sector of the consumer market will continue in similar fashion and interest from...

The LiteOn LVW-5045 is already on the market at various prices, ranging between €450-€550, which will certainly make it quite popular, considering the features it packs at that price. However, since the market for this kind of devices is growing...

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Very happy with Liteon LVW-5045


480P Progressive Scan ; Very easy to use, intuitive interface ; Allwrite technology ; Great value


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Working well


There is no tv guide associated with this unit. Now I was specifically looking for a DVR that had no tv guide. But other people might think that this is a con. Regards, EO

Very good value for the price ; As to 3 topics of cons written in other reviews ; 1) Remote not having much power ; There are 3 clear plastic tabs on the faceplate of the unit itself. I removed them and I am not having this problem ; 2) Not able to...

Minor stuff ; 1) The clock on the front only displays when the unit is powered off. When it is powered on, only the channel is displayed. I would like both or be able to switch ; 2) There is a pause/advance one frame button. But you can't pause/reverse...

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LITE-ON LVW-5045 160GB HDD + DVD Recorder Combo w/ up to 198hrs Recording Time


Anyone interested in purchasing a dvd recocorder should forget about all other brands and get this one. I went through 3 other brands before deciding on the Liteon which had to be ordered. Also, none of the other units could do what the Liteon can. The...

Does it all

minor-in one area (zoom function). The zoom function works fine. However, It is very tedious to use. You must bring up a seperate menu and do a lot of maneuvering to finally get the picture segment of interest zoomed in. Keep in mind though, many...

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great deal


Easy to set up, very easy to operate (the "Guider" functionality on the remote really does the trick). So far I am very pleased with this product. I would definitely purchase it again

none so far

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Broke In A Month


Had unit for 34 days and it worked well until suddenly the color output from the tuner went askew. All the tints were way off. Did a restore and upgraded firmware but problem still existed. Had to RMA to Lite-On.


Hardware failed in one month

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LITE-ON LVW-5045 160GB HDD + DVD Recorder Combo w/ up to 198hrs Recording Time


Great unit hooked it up in about 10mins thats including updating the firmware which was easy.Really like the features and easy to understand manual.One of my favorite features is the ability to pause live TV which is great.Excellent unit and a great...

Buttons could be bigger on remote

Product Specifications

Forget about the running out of recording space. With the built in 160GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive), you may record up to 198 hours (SLP modes) of quality video programs on it. The co-existence of the optical disc drive and the built-in HDD on LVW-5045 doesn't stay for nothing! With it, you can record the camcorder footages onto the built-in HDD all at once. In there, you can utilize all the editing functions to the titles and then save them onto discs respectively to share them with family or friends. The contents on any types of disc by copying them to the built-in HDD, where all the editing functions can be utilized. This not only solves the problem that certain editing functions are only applicable to certain disc types but also is convenient given the huge storage space of the HDD. Advance feature such as "Time Shift", is also featured on LVW-5045. The "Time Shift" feature allows you to virtually "Freeze" the live TV program while you are temporary interrupted and "Un-Freeze" it to continue viewing the live program. With LVW-5045, you can watch the recording program from the very beginning while it is still being recorded, regardless of how far along that recording is in progress. Simply press a key and you no longer need to wait until the recording is completed. Recording will not be interrupted and viewing can be performed any time you desire!

Cassette System

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CD Recorder

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CD System

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder with TV tuner

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:LIteOn

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TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


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VCR 2nd

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