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Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative comments 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 Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the design and size. The price and usability are also appreciated. The reliability and image quality get critical opinions.

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

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Jan, 2017

Expert review by: SoundStage! (

Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder


I've used only one other home DVD recorder, Panasonic's DMR-E60S ($550). The DMR-E55, for $250 less, ties or beats the DMR-E60S in every category: setup is simpler, the GUI is more intuitive and better looking, the remote is easier to use, and the...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (

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...

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: shellback (





Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: sueontherock (

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.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: ranger168 (

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

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: liz-in-indy (

Good unit with some hang-ups


Inexpensive. Records easily. Good quality of recording.

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

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: liz-in-indy (

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.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: video-guru (

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

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: dam1939 (

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.

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: robinsonic (

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.

Mar, 2005

Product Specifications


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


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
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: No
DVD Audio Playback: Yes
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: No
DVD+R Playback: No
DVD+RW Playback: No
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: No
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
USB Recording: No


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No