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Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder
alaScore 69

257 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and usability also get good feedback.

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

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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(Based on 257 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder


alaTest has collected and analysed 63 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on

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

78% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Panasonic DMR-E55


Panasonic's least-expensive DVD recorder is a good choice for basic TV and video archiving.

Relatively inexpensive ; Excellent recording quality in XP and SP modes ; Simultaneous recording and playback with DVD-RAM ; Flexible Recording mode

Somewhat difficult to use ; No IR blaster for cable box control ; Soft recording quality in EP mode ; No FireWire input

After recording, we checked out a finalised DVD-R disc and noted that it played in eight newer players and one older one in our test facility but not on another old player. The DMR-E55 itself played back most of the test discs in our compatibility...

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Fantastic for 2 years then big trouble!


I bought this machine because of the reviews,the price and I like to buy from quality manufacturers. It has been fantastic, the whole family have found it easy to use and love its features. After VHS I think we all find DVD recording life...

Wonderful while it lasted

The technology used in these DVD recorders is too short -lived.

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DMR-E55___Good, but could be better.


I know others have already went over the features of this DVD recorder, so I'll discuss the performance & functions of the DMR-E55. The 1st thing you'll notice is the loading tray opens very slow. The loading tray design is so you can only pickup the ...

Built solid, easy to use.

Very poor design & function

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Good unit with some hang-ups


Inexpensive. Records easily. Good quality of recording.

Instruction manual isn't complete. Quirky with some disks.

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Good unit with some hang-ups


UPDATE: 6/2006 I wrote a review on on this item and how to overcome Failed Finalization. Since I discovered this technique, I've not lost a single recording. The address: ...

Inexpensive. Records easily. Good quality of recording.

Instruction manual isn't complete. Quirky with some disks.

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Worst appliance in the house


If it records a program (rarely), it provides better picture quality than VHS tape.

Extremely poor reliability.Slow startupPoor user interface

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I enjoyed this recorder for eleven months then it went haywire.


I was very pleased with the E55 for 11 months, then it started rejecting my RAM discs. It seems that the erase function was wiping out all of the data on the disk including what is necessary to have it read as recordable. If I used it as a recorder and...

Easy to use with some fine features

DVD-RAM discs are not cheap, rendering them unusable is not a positive feature.

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Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder


I decided to buy this recorder as the reviews were all good and the price was within my budget. With a Ram disk its recording properties are similar to a hard disk type, which allow you to view and record at the same time. This is really useful if you ...

Great facilities and picture, DVD Ram excellent, even Granny could use timer.

DVD Ram cartridges don't seem to be available.

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Built with quality, excellent picture, and trusty Panasonic


It was time for me to get a DVD recorder. I got tired of getting those huge ugly VHS tapes that can get eaten up by the VCR, they start decaying over time and they're just bad. So this past month I went out to the store (my local Circuit City Austin, ...

Quality recording, sleek, quiet, DVD ram has cool features.



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