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Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 212 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

usability, price, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 67/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size and reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design

reliability, size

65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMRE85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive RecordingPanasonic DMRE85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Player/Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive Recording

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: Zepphan (

Dont waste your time or money


Hard Drive, TV Guide, functions

1X-4X DVD-R compatible only, lack of Manufacture support

Oct, 2006

Consumer review by: Duke (

Frustrating error.

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: Dana (

Satisfied customer


I purchased the Panasonic DMR-E85HS in October 2004, since then I have had no trouble with it. It has performed as advertised. If I were to make any complaint, it would be the length of time it took to populate the TV Guide function. I primarily use my...

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: N/A (

Panasonic DMR-E85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder w/ Built-in 120GB HDD, Silver Color


So far so good. Easy setup out of the box. A little confusing to figure out the menu's at first, but I pretty quickly figured out how to view between different sources, record to the HDD, erase from the HDD, time-slip, and time record. It played both...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: Video lover (

Great Ease of use


My 70 plus year old mother is able to work this unit. (After a little hands on training.). Having looked at a number of these units this unit is the easiest to use. The speed of navagating stored video clips in increadable. Used to convert old...

Sep, 2004

Consumer review by: pumblechook (

Terrible machines.


Great when they are working. BUT..

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: antwbone (

Great product marred by defective firmware!


I bought the Panasonic DMR-E85H from a local retailer after reading many good reviews through the Internet. However, nothing could have prepared me for the headaches the bugs in this unit would cause me!

Large 120GB hard drive, FREE TV Guide, excellent recording quality

Buggy firmware causes the machine to lock up

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: wstaple (

Great unit!


For anyone looking to upgrade your home video recording from VHS, this is the unit to buy.

hard drive recording, editing, time slip feature

none so far

Apr, 2005

Consumer review by: keithingrid (

Terrible Quality


I am so frustrated with this product I am motivated to write my first ever online product review to warn others.

TV Guide Service has potential as good alternative to Tivo

Over difficult to use. Poor Quality

Mar, 2005

Product Specifications

Panasonic DMR-E85HS is a progressive-scan DVD video recorder with built-in 120 GB hard disk and TV Guide On Screen. It records to DVD-RAM and DVD-R discs.

Built-in Display


Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

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CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic DIGA

MD System

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Device Type: None


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None