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Magnavox MDR533HF7

alaTest has collected and analyzed 237 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and price also get good views. Many are critical 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 Magnavox MDR533HF7 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 user reviews of Magnavox MDR533HF7 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Magnavox MDR533H/F7 HDD/DVD Recorder

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Better than paying for a DVR with cable company


I bought this refurbished unit to replace a Panasonic unit that had the DVD player failed to record to blank DVD's. So far I have had this unit for about a month and have really enjoyed it. It took a little while to learn how to use but the manual is...

Lots of storage area

Takes a little while to learn to use

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Great product, just what we wanted


We only have antenna reception, not cable or satellite. We wanted to be able to "DVR" programs, just like those "fancy folks". We ordered the Magnavox 533. Could not tell it was refurbished other than the brown box. Hooked up easliy, set up prompts...

perfect for what we needed

nothing yet


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Cut the Cord


We we're finally able to cut the cable cord with this purchase. i'd been looking for a non-subscription based ddr with a built in tuner. We have a projector in our bedroom with a 9' screen and now we can watch more than blu-rays or hulu!

Great with a projector

unable to record multiple shows at once

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Super DVR


Works great just like my other 2 Magnavox DVRs do, this one was refurbished and a super price. Works like new, as it should!

Price, Quality & ease of use

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Great replacement for an old combo VCR/DVD machine


This is a great recording machine with lots of internal disc storage and ability to record to DVD's. We will use it to record shows/movies here at home and take the unit to a remote cottage we have in Ontario, Canada for playback during the 3 summer...

Excellent picture quality and sound

Does not integrate digital and analog TV channels for channel surfing

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Excellent DVR and no more VHS tapes


This unit replaced the old VCR for my 75 year old mom. She was very skeptical about trying to learn to operate a DVR at her age but I set everything up for her in about 30 minutes. I used the HDMI port and plugged it straight into the new TV and...

Digital quality that is easy to use

You have to learn how to use it

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Records very well.


Good product and value. Sets up quickly, and is easy to use.

Easy to use

Small screen when shows are recorded

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great alternative to tivo


I wanted an alternative to paying for Tivo every month, but still wanted a built in hard drive. I loved that it plays and records DVDs as well. The recording scheduler and guide aren't as nice looking or user friendly as Tivo. Also the guide depends on...

able upcovert all shows to hd even ones only in 480p


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The DVD recorder was exactly what I expected.


The recorder was easy to set up and came with a detailed instruction manual. It worked exactly as it should.

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poor vidio


A lot of recording time on internal DVR. Not HD the video quality is low. I don't know if there is a HD version but I would pay for it. If you find one let me know. It records in SD and has step up but it is not near HD.

A lot of recording time on internal DVR

Not HD the vidieo quality is low


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