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Philips HDRW720

alaTest has collected and analyzed 483 reviews of Philips HDRW720. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviews about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The design and price also get good comments, but 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 HDRW720 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 130 user reviews of Philips HDRW720 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The image quality and price are also appreciated, whereas many are negative about the reliability.

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38% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with 120 GB Hard DrivePhilips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with 120 GB Hard DrivePhilips HDRW720 - DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Nov, 2015


Expert review by: aaroncolter (

Philips HDRW720


More than eight years ago, DVD (called Digital Versatile Disc at the time) burst onto the scene and offered the best quality audio and video images available, all on a new shiny 5-inch disc that looked like a CD. It was predicted that it would replace...

Support component video input and output and FireWire inputs; easy to use

GemStar's TV GuidePlus+ features advertisements; does not have an ATSC tuner

The beauty of the HDRW720 DVD recorder is that it's a perfect replacement for your aging VCR.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Alex Kidman (

Philips HDRW720


The HDRW720 is DVR with an inbuilt 80GB Hard Drive and a unique 6 hour program buffer feature.

Outlook: Hard drive enabled DVRs like the HDRW720 are pushing the price of standalone recorders down at a steady pace. This is a good thing. At the same time, competition in the hard drive enabled DVR space is also making these units cheaper. This,...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: (

Philips HDRW720


A DVDR machine with a hard drive and access to EPG listing via a DSL connection, sounds like a handy box?

Mar, 2011

Consumer review by: Lucky (

Philips HDRW720


bought it last week and I changed from Region 2 to Multi-region and it worked with all Regions – it great machine and very easy to use it. I set the numbers to enable multi-region so it can playback any region dvd films easily and can copies from vhs...

Consumer review by: John (

Philips HDRW720


I purchased this a costo also for $199. It is hard to beat at that price. The programing took awhile to master. The insturction book has some arrata sheets that gave correct information to the manual. The Phillips support webpage also gave some answers...

Consumer review by: knuddel13 (

Philips HDRW720


The first DVD+R/HDD combo on the market, this is pretty much what Philips promised. Fast, flexible, pretty easy to use. Great compression gives up to 8 hours on a DVD+R/+RW with no noticeable loss of quality. It's more personal video recorder than...

Consumer review by: (

Philips HDRW720


I have had this recorder for less than a week. It has a great picture and most of the functions are easy enough to figure out but don't rely on the manual for much help or examples with the more complex functions. My biggest problem with it is trying...

Consumer review by: ed (

Philips HDRW720


I bought mine about six mos ago (99$ open box no remote) after realizing that you cant do a thing without the remote . I was able to get one online for 40 . since then have constantly been having a great time with it . i record and burn nip/tuck for my...

Consumer review by: Tim Turner (

Philips HDRW720


I've had this a little over a week now. I'm still finding out that it will do things that I thought were impossible – some of the buttons, for example, do two different things depending on whether you press them, or press and hold them for a second....

Consumer review by: Larry (

Philips HDRW720


The manuals are amongst the worst that I have ever seen. Nowhere do they tell you how to program the remote, (I had to go to the web site for that).

Product Specifications

The HDRW720 is a DVD+RW recorder that features a combination of innovative functionalities for ultimate convenience. It includes a built-in 80 GB Hard Disk, TV GUIDE on-screen Electronic Program Guide (EPG), Personal Video Recording (PVR) and FlexTime. With this combination, the HDRW720 enables consumers to view and record all their favorite programs with a few clicks of a button.

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Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder

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Type:Hard disk drive

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Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips

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