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Philips DVDR3576H

alaTest has collected and analyzed 312 reviews of Philips DVDR3576H. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Comments about the design and price are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the size. Many are negative 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 DVDR3576H is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 292 user reviews of Philips DVDR3576H from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the design and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability. Opinions are divided on the size.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVDR3576H DVD Recorder with 160GB Hard Disc and Built-In TunerPhilips DVDR3576H DVD Recorder with 160GB Hard Disc and Built-In Tuner

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: HIsNIbs (

Phillips DVDR3576H


got rid of my Time Warner that never worked right, If you want an easy to use easy to program DVR this is the one to get. If you can program a VCR you can work this one


May, 2010

Consumer review by: N/A (

Bad Choice


Look elsewhere.

The flexibility of going to hard drive or disk is nice

Truly an awful product. I've used a number of different DVD recorders from various manufacturers, and never seen one as slow to finalize as this. Unreliable - fails to read discs, only a few weeks after the limited warranty ended

May, 2009

Consumer review by: fairly technical guy (

Doesn't work with digital cable


will be returning this unit.

Good for non-digital cable or over-the-air cable reception I suppose.

Despite all the "digtal tv" jargon used throughout the copy, it does *not* work completely with a digital cable tuner. You can't schedule recordings, and the video image gets scrunched to a smaller view on your screen (smaller than it would be...

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Waz (

Pretty Darn Good


This is my second DVR, replacing a non DTV Panasonic model. Very few recorders with hard disks anymore. This is an excellent choice for converting to DTV.

Makes good quality recordings to hard disk. Easy to use. Receives both analog and digital signals. Great free program guide.

Remote is not funtionally designed -- easy enough to use but with tiny buttons and even tinier lettering that make non-standard operations difficult. No ability to label your programmed recordings -- the machine titles tracks based on date/time/channel...

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Mic987 (

Nice but cooling fan


Nice DVR recorder.

The cooling fan comes on once in a while. Only On/Off shuts it down. No fixfound yet. This might not be a big problem but I am using an RF modulator which also comes on. If someone knows a fix for this cooling fan - please let me know.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (

PHILIPS DVDR3576H/37 160 GB Hard Disk/DVD Recorder


Also could have done a better job with Timer programs. It doesn't let you title the programs until after they have recorded. My SD version does so again, why on the updated version didn't they eliminate that.

Recorded HD channels look great. Not as good as HD but very very acceptable. Can record to the hard drive and watch your shows when you want. You can adjust the time for the skip ahead/back buttons. Great for bypassing commercials. I set mine for 30...

QAM tuner doesn't always work and this usually happens when the timer is set to record a show. You may also notice for some HD channels they come in on a slightly different channel than what your HD TV lists them at. For example: CBS should be 106.3...

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: mine (

philips dvd recorder


very easy to operate, works very well, my first purchase from Newegg and very happy.

non so far

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: LectricActMan (

Very nice, if it were only High Def


Tivo HD recorder may be better picture quality, but there's that pesky monthly subscription fee and the Tivo won't work unless you pay them. For this reason I will never purchase a Tivo. Tivos should have manual scheduling for us cheapskates out there....

Easy to use, works much like a VCR. Digital tuner. Records HD programs in proper 16:9 aspect ratio. IMHO best video recording product on market for those who rely on over the air signals and don't mind less picture quality.

If it were only high def. Downscales HD content to standard definition.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: Edwin (

Think twice


This is the only HDD recorder left on the open market. If you must have a HDD DVR (thought I did), this is your only choice unless you want to pay for TiVo subscription or rent one from your cable provider.

Perfect pass-through of cable signal while powered off. Built-in tuners and easy setup.

Receiver firmware is buggy and interferes with recorder operation.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: DVD Video User (

Good Enough


This replaced a similar device of another brand that died recently. Unfortunately the Philips recorder is about the only choice left on the market and may be gone soon. It is a decent machine for pausing live TV and recording commercial TV. There are...

Good quality video recording. Can pause live video. It is not used with an antenna and therefore I cannot comment on broadcast recording.

Records only at pre-defined speeds of 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 6 hours on a DVD, i.e., does not have flexible recording modes to maximum quality when trying to fill a DVD-R. For example a 96 minute program must be recorded at 2 hour speed, unlike some other...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

Benefit from the convenience of recording directly onto a 160 GB hard disk with this Philips DVDR3576H DVD recorder. To keep something longer, simply record your selected programs onto a DVD to enjoy a lifetime of high quality videos.

Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder with digital TV tuner

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type:Digital player

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Digital TV Tuner

Digital TV Tuner Type:ATSC DTV
Tuner Qty:1

Dimensions & Weight



Type:DVD recorder with TV tuner


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips

MD System

Type: None


Device Type: None


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None