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Philips HDRW720

alaTest has collected and analyzed 464 reviews of Philips HDRW720. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The design 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 HDRW720 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 64/100 = 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 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the design and size are overall positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts 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 - 80 GB

May, 2016

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: mark_rizo (



The Philips HDRW720 (model "HDRW720/17", 120GB) is the first DVD recorder I've found (and I've tried many) that will record DV video from a computer's FireWire controller. "DV IN" jacks on most recorders have built-in copy protection - basically ...

Records and transcodes DV AVIs from a computer's FireWire controller, sweet MPEG-2 encoding

Not user friendly, big learning curve, crappy remote and DVD menus

Apr, 2008

Consumer review by: fcevansmd (

A lemon


Great features if they work

to the junkpile after minimal use

Mar, 2007

Consumer review by: rogerastro (

Philips HDRW 720 DVD Recorder


Fully as good as TIVO - huge hard drive.

Durability of laser unit was terrible.

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: red3kgto (

Flawed HDD/DVD recorder lacks reliability


I bought my Philips HDRW720 (80GB UK model) in June 2005 and was initially quite pleased with it. My opinion has changed though. Recording quality is fine for my needs, the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) system is generally pretty good, but it does ...

EPG (GuidePlus system), compatible with Sky DigiBox (UK)

Poor reliability, complicated user interface, sluggish operation

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: baldmarc1 (

Don't buy this piece of shizzle!




Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: derflinger (

Philips HDRW720/17 is a very "GOOD BUY”


I went through several DVR's prior to acquiring my I Philips HDRW720/17at Costco. All of the others were difficult to work and unreliable at best. One of the main things that I wanted was to do advanced scheduling of programs without paying Tivo for...

Hard disk recording No charge TV Guide Channel advanced programmingEasy recorded programs to DVD

Takes a couple of days for the TV Guide channel to populate the listings

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: craig_bennett (

Good so far.


I wanted a HDD recorder with component INPUTS (not many seem to have this) and the ability to archive recordings to DVD. I got this as an open box special at my local Best Buy for CDN$404 +taxes. This one unit replaces my DVD player, CD player and ...

Price, Component Video inputs.

Terrible manual, always goes to TV Guide page when powered on

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: epfoldes (

Don't Go Near This Unless You're A Masochist!


Since I always want to hear the bad news first, let's start with the CONS: If you have the patience of a saint, the blind, stubborn persistence of a bull, and love to "tinker", then go buy this thing, but grit your teeth! This recorder is overly ...

(1) "Time Shift Buffer" recording ; (2) Convenience and capaciousness of hard disk

Horrible interface & manual ; Incompatible with Digital Cable ; Cannot record DVDs directly ; Glitchy

Sep, 2005

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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Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

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Type:DVD recorder


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips

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