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Panasonic DMR-EX85

Panasonic DMR-EX85
alaScore 81

80 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality. The usability also gets good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the size and price.

usability, image quality

price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-EX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 80 reviews)

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 28 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-EX85 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.co.uk.

usability, image quality

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic DMR-EX85EB-S 250GB Hard Disk DVD Recorder - Freeview Tuner, HDMI

Expert review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85 review

 

It's hard to find the true diamonds. Until now that is

Picture performance ; digital tuner ; SD card slot ; video upscaling

Only one tuner ; no DivX compatibility

Expert review by:

Panasonic DVD Recorder-DMR-EX85

 

You get a massive 250GB hard drive, which can store 443 hours of programming

Good picture ; Impressive sound ; Editing options

No Pay TV option ; A touch pricey

Playback is similarly excellent, and upscaling adds a slight improvement, with a tad more film-like quality to the image - but nothing like true HD

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Expert review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

Convergent technology is the way of the future, as more and more features previously performed by multiple devices, are being packed into a single uni...

Excellent functionality, packed with features, fantastic value

No time shift buffer, single tuner only, no HD reception

More manufacturers should be following Panasonic's example with the DMR-EX85. A truly outstanding product, the omission of a time shift buffer is the only feature preventing this unit from being a near-perfect purchase.

Expert review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85 review

 

Panasonic's DMR-EX85 is crammed with more recording and playback features than you can imagine, including an enormous 250GB hard drive, universal disc compatibility and integrated video scaling. The impressive on-paper specification is supported by...

250GB storage space ; Universal disc compatibility ; Upscaling video ; User-friendly functionality ; Excellent recording and playback performance

Comparatively pricey ; Poor analogue tuner

DVD playback performance is just as impressive -- especially if you're using HDMI. Although upscaled images can't claim true high-definition quality, you'll get noticeably more detail, depth and motion control from your existing DVD collection without...

Expert review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

Panasonic's DMR-EX85 is crammed with more recording and playback features than you can imagine, including an enormous 250GB hard drive, universal disc compatibility and integrated video scaling.

250GB storage space ; Universal disc compatibility ; Upscaling video ; User-friendly functionality ; Excellent recording and playback performance

Comparatively pricey ; Poor analogue tuner

DVD playback performance is just as impressive -- especially if you're using HDMI. Although upscaled images can't claim true high-definition quality, you'll get noticeably more detail, depth and motion control from your existing DVD collection without...

Expert review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85EB

 

Panasonic has a good reputation with its 'Diga' recorder range and the 2006 line-up goes further. In addition to the Freeview tuner and an ample 250GB hard disk drive, there's an HDMI digital output along with upscaling to 720p or 1080i HDTV-style...

HDMI output with HD upscaling; multi-format DVD recording; easy to use; very good AV quality

No EPG or editing and dubbing of other programmes while recording; no set-top box control

Consumer review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

We've owned a Panasonic DMR-EX85 in Australia for about 6 months and are very happy with it. The start up seems a little slow but, like computers, that's probably a feature of all hard drive machines. Having said that, in Canada we own a Sony DVD...

Seems to ignore Region Coding ; Good range of functions

Some of the functions buttons seem to duplicate which makes things seem unduly complex ; Haven't yet worked out how to set regular daily, weekly, M-F, timer recording sessioons. These are vaguley referred to in the handbook but no detail is given

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Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

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Consumer review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

This is my first DVD Recorder and I think it is fantastic. Even my wife can use it... yes it's that easy too operate.

Ease of use ; Great picture quality ; Nice fast switching of digital channels ; Good price for a 250GB

Didn't record a box office movie from Foxtel. I recorded the 1st 5 or so minutes then cut to adverts. (Although I think this maybe from Foxtels Side)

Consumer review by:

Panasonic DMR-EX85

 

Reliable product. Good picture quality.

Can record all formats

Menu is confounding & not as intuitive as the review said

Product Specifications

Configuration

BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T:DVB-T (MPEG2)
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
HDTV: No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes

Connectivity

DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
UPnP:NO UPNP
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

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

Playback

Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: Yes
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes

Recording

Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No

Sound

DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No
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