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Philips DVDR 890

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Philips DVDR 890. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the 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 DVDR 890 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 61/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 user reviews of Philips DVDR 890 from The average user rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Views about the image quality and size are on the whole positive. The design and price are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the reliability.

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56% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2018

EISA Award - Best Product

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Philips DVDR890


This third-generation Philips DVD recorder is so affordable and versatile, analogue video cassette must now accept defeat. Whether copying digital camcorder footage through iLink, recording TV broadcasts via RGB or S-Video, or playing back almost any...

Jun, 2002

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Philips DVDR890


The high price and average performance indicates the DVD Recorder is not going to be rushing into lounge rooms.

Nov, 2007

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Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder review and test


Despite regional restrictions and our minor gripes about the awkward menu structure and occasionally flat audio, the DVDR890 is a tremendous machine, and one that deserves to sell in large numbers. Philips has got just about everything right for the...

Dec, 2002

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Unreliable junk


The Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder - Looks good, sounds good...but it just isn't. Very light use and got 12 months glitch free. Last...

Feb, 2005

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Philips DVDR890


The Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder is an excellent device for recording from any TV channel, even those with poor quality will recor...

Oct, 2004

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Make sure its digital if you record from SKY


This Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder is OK but alas the instructions are wrong for connection to a Sky digital satelite box. The inst...

May, 2003

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At last, a real replacement for my VCR


The Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder represents the mid-range recorder from Philips. It is one up from the DVDR880 but only seems to h...

Jan, 2003

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Philips DVD 890 Recorder


I've now had my Philips DVDR890 DVD recorder for 2 weeks, what a fine piece of equipment it is. I've recorded in excess of 30 DVD+...

Nov, 2002

Product Specifications


Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):95


Color of product:Silver

File formats

Audio formats supported:PCM
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):17.1 x 3.46 x 12.8
Disc types supported:CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW
I/O ports:i.LINK DV IEEE 1394 4-pin\nS-Video Input Hosiden 4-pin\nVideo Input Cinch\nAudio Left/Right Input Cinch\nSCART 1 CVBS,S-Video/RGB out\nS-Video Out Hosiden 4-pin\nVideo Out Cinch\nAudio L/R Out Cinch\nDigital Audio Out Coaxial\nRF Antenna In Coaxial\nRF TV Out Coaxial
Power Requirements:200-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Zoom capability:1.33x,2x,4x

Record Modes

DVD recording modes:9.72 Mbit/s, 5.07 Mbit/s, 4.06 Mbit/s, 3.38 Mbit/s, 2.54 Mbit/s, 1.70 Mbit/s
Max DVD recording time:360


Analog signal format system:NTSC
Video D/A Converter (DAC):10-bit/27MHz

Weight & Dimensions