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Panasonic DMR-E30S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 103 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the reliability and image quality. The design and usability also get good views, but many are critical about the value for money.

usability, design, image quality, reliability

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E30S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic DMR-E30S

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 10 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E30S from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-E30EBS DVD RecorderPanasonic DMR-E30EBS DVD Recorder

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Amazon.com review summary for Panasonic DMR-E30S

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E30S from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.com.

design, usability, image quality

value for money

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMRE50S DVD Player/Recorder , SilverPanasonic DMR-E30S Progressive Scan DVD RecorderPanasonic DMR E30 - DVD recorder - silver

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Panasonic DMR-E30

 

The progressive-scan Panasonic DMR-E30 is a DVD player that also records to rewritable DVD-RAM discs ($8 each) or write-once DVD-Rs ($5 each). Instead of an on-screen programming guide, you get Gemstar's VCR Plus+, and Panasonic's Time Slips function...

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Disappointed with DVD-R Features

 

My wife purchased at Circuit City based on the strength of the features explained to her (ease of creating chapters, markers, dividing chapters, ...

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Panasonic DMR-E30 DVD Video Recorder

 

Introduction The arrival of affordable DVD recorders - and certainly their acceptance - has been delayed by that good old audio industry phenomenon, a format war. There are no less than four different recordable DVD formats, with apparently very little...

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Found Glitches with Unit When recording DVD - R

 

I use the DMR-E30 at work and use to recird to DVD RAM and DVD-R. It records to DVD RAM fine but when i burn a DVD-R and then finallize it there are glitches in the video. The video slows down then speeds up as if to catch up to be in sync with the...

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great dvd recorder.

 

easy to use and program, nice console and great quality

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Only Broken Twice

 

Others have discussed the condescending software that comes with this unit. I'll address the integrity of the thing. I got the DVR on 3/03. It has been in for warranty repairs twice since then. In 7/03 it just refused to burn anymore and wouldn't ...

Recorded material plays on other playersAccepts cheap media

Stupid remote, softwareBREAKS!No support from Panasonic

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QUALITY RECORDER, GREAT PICTURE, SUPER TV TUNER.

 

I must admit, I am a techno geek dweeb, so when this product hit the shelves I was one of the firs ...

PANASONIC QUALITY,NIFTY DESIGN,GREAT PICTURE QUALITY.

YOU NEED TO READ THE MANUAL TO LIVE WITH THE DMR-E30.

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Good riddance VHS - DVD Recordable has arrived!

 

I've long wanted a DVD recorder, but price was always a major deterent, along with the price of the media itself, and the seeming incompatibilities amongst the +R/-R formats. When my VCR died several months ago, and our (Cheap) backup VCR on it's way ...

Price, disc compatibility with standalone DVD players, DVD-Ram capability.

Poor IR reception, clunky "Keyboard" letter input, slow reaction to buttons, inability to disable VCR-Plus.

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Well worth the money.

 

Ive been using this unit for 5 days since I received it so Ill try to give you an overview of my experience with it. The first thing you notice is the sleek utilitarian look of the unit. The LED cover shines like a mirror when the unit isnt turned on....

Very affordable, progressive scan, general fun factor.

Poor remote, some media incompatibility. no DV input.

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Technology Needs Time to Mature

 

I purchased this product for two main reasons: (1) to be able to eliminate the low quality VCR from my set up and record HDTV broadcasts and (2) to be able to convert my laserdiscs and tapes to DVD. At this point I have been unable to do either of...

Easy set up

Not enough connection options

Product Specifications

Panasonic's innovative DVD recorder allows consumers to record superb digital video onto DVD-RAM and DVD-R1 discs in a snap. The DMR-E50's joint support of DVD-RAM and DVD-R media provides the best of both worlds: DVD-R for the highest compatibility, allowing consumers to share video recordings with virtually anyone with a DVD player; and DVD-RAM for rewritability and benefits like Time Slip, Chasing Playback, and Simultaneous Play and Record. DVD-RAM offers the perfect solution for recording and re-recording favorite programs - over 100, 000 times on the same disc. In addition to an attractive price tag, the feature-rich DMR-E50 offers users the benefits of progressive scan, chasing playback, enhanced time-shifting, simultaneous record and playback, instant access, and on-disc video editing. When connected to home theater components, the recorders enable consumers to enjoy playback of multiple digital entertainment formats, including DVD Video, music CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs. With the Panasonic DMR-E50 DVD recorder, consumers can watch what they want, when they want. In addition to having the ability to automatically record and instantly access favorite television shows, consumers can watch last week's episode of their favorite show while recording this week's, from the same disc at the same time. With instant recording onto a DVD disc, there's no need to have to find blank space as with a VHS tape. Just press record and the unit will automatically find space on the disc, much like a hard disc drive. Panasonic's unique Time Slip feature allows viewers to replay a scene recorded earlier without disrupting the recording process, simply by touching a button on the remote (in 30 second increments). And Chasing Playback allows users to watch a show in progress that's being recorded, right from the beginning, while the show continues to record to the end. Consumers can easily transfer their favorite VHS tape recordings to space-saving discs. Personal movie libraries and family videos can be archived, preserved, easily cataloged and accessed, and even edited right from the disc. The new DMR-E50 also features progressive scan, for optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie. Progressive scan doubles the scan lines of an interlaced signal (from 480i to 480p) by scanning all 525 lines in 1/60 of a second for each pass. The higher-density video signal creates film-like DVD images extraordinarily close to the way they originally appeared in the cinema - with rich detail, extraordinary depth of field, and precise color reproduction.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Advanced Virtual Surround Sound (V.S.S.)

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:11.2in/12in
Height:3.1in
Weight:8.2lbs
Width:16.9in

DVD

Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD/CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD
Search Speed:Up to 100x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3
Type:DVD recorder

Header

Country Kits:Europe/North America
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:E30/E30S/E50S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DMR

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty
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