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Panasonic DMR ES40VS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 104 reviews of Panasonic DMR ES40VS. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the size and reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design

reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR ES40VS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 65/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic DMR ES40VS


alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 user reviews of Panasonic DMR ES40VS from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People really like the design and image quality. The price and usability also get good reviews, whereas the size and reliability get critical opinions.

usability, price, image quality, design

reliability, size

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-ES40VS VHS / DVD Recorder SilverPanasonic DMR-ES40VS VHS / DVD Recorder Silver

Jun, 2018

Consumer review (

We love our Panasonic DMR-ES40V DVD Recorder: from a non-techie


Wonderful unit for VHS and DVD viewing and dubbing.

Might be considered pricey at first.

Jan, 2007

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OK DVD player, otherwise clunky


Basic DVD and VHS playback works wellPerfect copies of TV shows and old tapes

Slow to start DVD playbackInserts chapter-stops every 5 minutes9 month lifespan

Aug, 2006

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Excellent unit


VERY easy to use. Quick start and advanced instructions.

Editing and finalizing a little tricky.

Aug, 2006

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Haven't seen it in 2 months


When it's working I liked it OK. nothing really special about this unit.

One disk fills up quick. Locks up periodically, sometimes with fatal results

Aug, 2006

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Model DMR ES40V


Picture quality, DVD's easier to store than tapes, pause button, ease of operation

Limits on dubbing (might be my fault) occasional freezing when finalizing.

Jul, 2006

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Good deal for the money


Ease of operation. Picture quality.

Chaptering. Occasional freezing when trying to power off.

Jul, 2006

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It's a mixed bag, but a pretty nice bag...


Compatible with all single layer formats including DVD-RAM,Good Value, Easy Dubbing, Loaded with features.

Automatic dubbing only, no editing. Locks up periodically, sometimes with fatal results.

Apr, 2006

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Garbage DVD recorder



Don't buy this garbage recorder its a stinker 2 thumps down on this junker.

Mar, 2006

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I'm Happy With My Choice


Ease of use (especially dubbing), price

Manual, remote

Feb, 2006

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Where are Automatic Chapters every 5 minutes?


I have absolutely no problem dubbing from VHS to DVD with excellent results.

Will not recognize a a CD formatted for TV slide show with musical background

Feb, 2006

Product Specifications

You sit down to watch this week's episode of your favorite show and realize that you never got around to watching your recording of last week's episode. Not a problem with Time Slip, featuring simultaneous record and play. Select this week's episode in the program guide, start recording, and as it records you can watch your recording of last week's episode. What if you set up your DVD recorder to record a movie from 8:00 to 10:00 while you're out, but dinner was faster than you expected and you get home early? With the Chasing Playback feature, you don't have to wait for the program to finish recording in order to watch it. You can begin watching the portion of the program that has already been saved while the DVD recorder continues recording the remainder of the program. You and your family are sure to enjoy the convenience of your DVD recorder so much that you'll have a large library of recordings in no time. Keeping track of all those programs would be difficult if it weren't for the enhanced Direct Navigator, which displays thumbnails of every program on the disc as you browse, making it easy to identify the contents of each recording. It can be heartbreaking when you play an old VHS home video and find that years of playback have degraded the image and sound quality. Preserve your precious VHS tapes by transferring them to DVD, which will provide durability and many years of enjoyment. With One-Touch 2-Way Transfer, you can dub a VHS tape to DVD by pushing a single button.

CD Recorder

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CD System

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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

Digital Player (Recorder)

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Digital Storage Media

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Type:DVD recorder


Product Line:Panasonic DMR

MD System

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Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

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