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Philips DVD-R5500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 reviews of Philips DVD-R5500. The average rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The design and price are also appreciated. Many are negative about the finish and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Philips DVD-R5500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 36 user reviews of Philips DVD-R5500 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the price. Many are negative about the finish and reliability.

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reliability, finish

31% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVDR5500 - DVD Recorder With FreeviewPhilips DVDR5500 - DVD Recorder With FreeviewPhilips DVDR5500 DVD Recorder Remote Control

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Philips DVDR5500 DVD Recorder


If you're looking for a DVD recorder with a built-in Freeview tuner, the Philips DVDR5500 is worth a look.

The front panel offers more socketry options. Digital camcorder owners will be pleased to find a DV input for transferring footage to DVD quickly and in the highest quality, but even more exciting is the inclusion of a USB port, which lets you connect...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: jamie (

Philips DVDR5500


The price is fantastic for what you get for your money ; I have used it mainly to put my camcorder recordings onto disc as its so simple, you literally 'plug' camcorder straight into player and press record ; Easy to set up and as mentioned easy to use

Renowned for freezing up alot. It has happened to me once so far but no more annoying than when it happens to my sky box, computer etc. As yet not a real issue

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: MARK (

Philips DVDR5500




May, 2009

Consumer review by: john (

Philips DVDR5500


easy to use good manual

bit wide

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Philips DVDR5500


Would not play some copy disks

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Philips DVDR5500


Very easy to use and understand on screen instructions

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Ian (

Philips DVDR5500


Slim design and simple to use

Red light permanently on when on stand-by. Unable to have clock showing without machine being on stand-by

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Mike (

Philips DVDR5500


Good build quality versatile and easy to use

It says that you can't use PDC with it in the UK thats news to me as I use it all the time on my VCR. I am not sure if I have the right model for this country

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: kath (

Philips DVDR5500


built in freeview

at first kept going in to standbye mode but seems ok now

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Jonathan (

Philips DVDR5500


The player is very attractive and easy to use. A variety of recording options makes this an extremely versatile player/recorder combo, and this together with it's low profile makes it an excellent choice for anyone seeking to buy a recorder in the future

Needlessly complex installation instructions in the booklet provided

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications


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


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
UPnP: No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
3D Ready: 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: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
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: No
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