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Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD Recorder

Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD Recorder
alaScore 68

84 reviews

Jan, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Views about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, image quality, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 68/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55S DVD Recorder 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 Views about the reliability and design are generally positive. The image quality and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, image quality, design, reliability

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMR-E55S Progressive Scan DVD Recorder / Player , Silver

Consumer review by:

Works as advertised


Good quality, easy to use

None so far

Consumer review by:

Systemic errors in E55


We bought about a dozen for our business, Dub King Video. We find consistant, although they would occasionally work, errors during finalization. When finished, the menus display only partially.

The Price is reasonable

Defective Finalizations


Consumer review by:

A poor performance DVD recorder


This unit got poor rf reception. I have to record the TV show to my sony VCR than copy to this unit. Double work.

have 3 inputs to use

only can record on DVD-R, or DVD-ram

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I like this DVD recorder but was suprised at a few missing features that I thought would be standard


Aside from being surprised that there are a few of what I would expect as standard features missing on this machine, the DMR-E55 seems to be of good mechanical quality and does a decent job of recording.

Easy to navigate through on-screeen menus, nice video quality on XP and SP recordings

No "last position" memory and no repeating event timer recording option

Consumer review by:

Excellent Product


Works beautifully

Does'nt let you record copy protected DVD/VHS even non protected DVDs either

Consumer review by:

Excellent product.


It be sweet if this DVD Recorder lets you record everything.

works great no problems yet :)

It be sweet if this DVD Recorder lets you record everything

Consumer review by:

Excellent DVD player for the price


Pros: Fairly easy to use. Works pretty much like a VCR. Includes a TV tuner. Some of the functions and set up options require reading the manual. Nice picture and sound, just like you'd expect from DVD. The DVD RAM is pretty awesome. It works like a

Wouldn't record on DVD-R disks I bought in a stack. Had to purchase Panaconic DVDs in slim cases. Wish I'd bought the unit with the hard drive so I could record from video tape, edit, and then burn to DVD. With this unit, what you record to DVD-R is the

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Good for camcorder tape transfer


I purchased this solely to transfer my old Hi8 tapes to DVD media. It has done an acceptable job of doing that. Relatively easy to use as long as you're willing to do some experimenting on your own. The video quality on SP setting is quite good, compar

Very limited editing. You have to stop the recording at just the right moment in order to split your recording into chapters, otherwise it will automatically do it every 5 minutes or so but not really in chapter format. Since you're recording onto DVD-R

Consumer review by:

A frustrating machine.


The picture quality is outstanding for DVD-R and DVD-RAM recording. Some other nice editing features

Finalizing DVD-R fails most of the time. I have to shut it down and restart to finalize. In a few cases, the recording arbitrarily stops spoiling the disk. I'm forced to sit there and watch the entire recording process. Manual is mediocre. Panasonic's cus

Consumer review by:

A great DVD recorder at this price!


Use of DVD-Ram discs, very good picture quality, Panasonic reputation, great value for the price

No Dolby 5.1 audio, use with a cable box or satellite receiver makes VCR Plus useless, very poorly written manual


Product Specifications

It's a digital world. A world where sound surrounds you and pictures dazzle the imagination. It's a world where the excitement of the movies is captured and brought to life on a simple five-inch disc - the size of a CD. Welcome to the incredible world of DVD. As a leader in digital technology, Panasonic made possible and forever changed the face of home theatre. Panasonic has packed big-screen excitement into the world's smallest and lightest DVD player. Come and experience the ultimate in home theatre entertainment. PRODUCT FEATURES: DVD RAM recordings up to 16 hours (EP Mode, 9.4GB Disc); DVD-R recordings up to 8 hours (EP Mode, 4.7GB Disc); Time Slip Function; Chasing Playback; Simultaneous Play & Record; One Touch Record & Play; Direct Navigator; Play list; NTSC Tuner with VHF, UHF, CATV Coverage.

Audio System

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

Dimensions & Weight



Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-Audio / DVD-R / DVD-RAM / Video CD
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / PCM
Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty