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alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of RCA DRC 8312N. The average rating for this product is 2.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality. The price is also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the design and size.

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reliability, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the RCA DRC 8312N is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 60/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of RCA DRC 8312N 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 price. The image quality also gets good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the design and size.

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35% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: RCA DRC8312n DVD Recorder/VCR COMBO

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: twentyninedollars (

Problem, probably one in a 1000


This doesn't happen to everyone all the time, of course. But, having a dead-on-arrival $230 VCR-DVD recorder has convinced me to review products more thoroughly, from say Consumer Reports. I'm not happy, and it's not simply about time loss, it's the...

Easy to understand manual, good design, very good price

Very poor customer service with RCA; the unit was D.O.A. out of the box: was unable to reset it; have been in contact with Newegg since day one; they are working to resolve the issue. RCA product warranty/support and quality control needs help. I'm not...

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: EvilHomerClone (

Love RCA


For people who want to have nice things but dont have a huge wallet, RCA is the way to go. Currenlty I have this hooked up to my RCA tv & RCA 500 watt surround sound and I have NO Complaints. When recording TV shows in normal format, the picture looks...

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: parkway707 (

Plays everything well - DVD recording does not work


Plays with good quality, Easy menu

Reacts slow to commands, hard to use remote. Does not record to DVDs at all.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: tpotter320 (

RCA DRC8312N is a Piece of Crap


RCA DRC8312N is a Piece of Crap

RCA DRC8312N is a Piece of Crap

Dec, 2006

Consumer review by: bak9860 (

Very Finicky Unit


Good Menu. Excellent Price. Works well when on the right DVD Diet.

Lousy Manual. Only records with Memorex Disks.

Nov, 2006

Consumer review by: bexplorer (

Surprised that RCA put their name on it


Price was good

Everything but price was bad

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: rjrny (



playback is great and machine is easy to use

will not record current shows

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: prokton (

Stay away


Only the price, I guess

It just doesn't work

Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: lagart99 (

Same experience



Won't stop copying

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: orwtrmln (

It worked as intended...once--period.


The price was right--if it had worked well.

Burned one DVD in a VHS transfer...and that was all she wrote.

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

Thomson provides a wide range of video technologies, products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. Offering an array of state-of-the-art digital products and services, Thomson adds value to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world every year. PRODUCT FEATURES: DVD Recorder/Hi-Fi VCR combo; DV-input with DV CAM control; One-touch copy VHS to Disc; Time Base Corrector with Digital Noise Reduction; Disc Library; Smart Record.

Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder/ VCR combo

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None


Type:DVD recorder


Manufacturer:Thomson SA
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:RCA DRC

MD System

Type: None


Device Type: None


Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1


Device Type:VCR
Media Type:VHS

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None