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Panasonic DMR-E85H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E85H. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are generally positive. The image quality and price are also appreciated.

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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-E85H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by: Jeff Cohen (

Panasonic DMR-E85H (DMRE85HS) DVD Recorder


Forget the no-frills DVD recorders you see advertised at bargain basement prices. Many of them offer a flat 2-hour record mode, no hard drive, and no editing features. Those are things you really need - and the Panasonic DMR-E85H has all of them and more.

No regrets so far. I've condensed six shelves of tapes to three shelves of DVDs, using slim cases. I've sold off, thrown out, or given away the majority of the tapes they replaced. I've lost weight. Improved my marriage, and sprouted hair where none...

Jun, 2005

Expert review by: Ian Calcutt (

Panasonic DMR-E85


DVD recorders with built-in hard disk drives are increasingly common and, now that people are realising what they can do compared to ?standalone? recorders, they are becoming more popular and affordable...

Great picture quality, including progressive scan output, plus extended recording capacity and supreme ease of use ;

Limited to DVD-RAM and DVD-R recordable formats and there are no digital video or multimedia card ports plus no programme guide for timer setting

Although digital camcorder and memory card ports have been excluded from this model, its inputs do enable you to connect a digital TV receiver using high-quality RGB video via Scart. The DMR-E85 is principally a TV-recording machine, as shown by the...

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: obbyscuba (

DMR E-85H The perfect machine


Very easy to use for recording or watching 800 number not likely to need it

hard to find one. Love mine but can't find another one for gift

Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: pumblechook (

Terrible machines.


Good when working.

Very unreliable..

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: chardlta (

Buyer Beware


Out of the box I did not have problems in the beginning. This recorder will only display DVD's at the standard 480p resolution. It will not upscale video resolution. First of all you must set up the recorder to download channel information from your ...

Plays DVD-Audio and records DVD-RAM discs

TV guide system is not compatible with all cable boxes. Tech support help nonexistent.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: acvelo (

DMR-E85H DVD recorder/player


This product is almost exactly what I was looking for. It will replace my current dvd player, which is 5 years old, and also replace my vcr, which is 10 years old. I didn't like the fact that it doesn't have firewire but since my computer has firewire ...

Large hard drive - 120 gb and TV Guide with no monthly fee.

DVD-RAM and no firewire.

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: setienne (

Panasonic Lays an Egg


I was able to transfer video from my camera to it, and then burn DVD's.

Horrible reliability.

May, 2006

Consumer review by: igorskithemac (

Got more value than dreamed of


This product is "a tool", and as such, we determine it's value based on how useful and practical is for OUR PARTICULAR NEEDS. We're all different and our reviews reflect that. That being said, when you read these reviews as yourself what do you plan to...

User friendly, great results, reliability, HD size

TV guide, speed of operations, modest menu creating options

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: bucky00 (

Frequent lockups


Excellent video quality, quiet operation, simple to use.

Buggy firmware, doesn't like DVD-RAMs used in foreign drives, not firmware-upgradeable.

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: mcfranson (

Not that great in the long run


I bought my DMR-E85H in September 2004 to mainly record movies off of Turner Classic Movies and then dub them onto single dvd-r's for my collection. I did just that without fail. I, however, had problems when I first bought this unit. When I would turn...

High-speed dubbing was faster on this than on my E80HTV Guide feature

Dubbing problems after 1 year.

Oct, 2005

Product Specifications

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. PRODUCT FEATURES: Playback of DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2 channel), MP3, CD, CD-R/RW; Progressive Scan for Plasma Displays/LCD TVs/LCD Projectors with compatible inputs; Playlist Playback; New Direct Navigator; Auto Renewal and Relief-Recording; Advanced Hybrid VBR Technology for High Picture Quality.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):GUIDE Plus+ / 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

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

MD System

Type: None


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback:No / 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:No / Yes


Device Type: None


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:Dolby Digital / No


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None