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Panasonic DMR-EX85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews of Panasonic DMR-EX85. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The image quality is also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size and reliability, and views are divided on the price.

usability, 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-EX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: staff (

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

It's got the depth to go with its drop-dead gorgeous looks. Outstanding

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Ben Russell (

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.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Richard Arrowsmith (

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...

Nov, 2006

Expert review by: Ian Calcutt (

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

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: ejla (

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

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: phaedrus (

Panasonic DMR-EX85



Aug, 2007

Consumer review by: moanaman (

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)

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: v8mumbo (

Panasonic DMR-EX85


Reliable product. Good picture quality.

Can record all formats

Menu is confounding & not as intuitive as the review said

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: Happy Chappy (

Panasonic DMR-EX85


I have only good experience with this amasing machine

Delivers everthing its promises


Jun, 2007

Consumer review by: zoomer (

Panasonic DMR-EX85


Excellant quality images, and easy to use

Jun, 2007

Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
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


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


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


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No