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Sony RDR-HX710

Sony RDR-HX710
alaScore 76

417 reviews

Dec, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 417 reviews of Sony RDR-HX710. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability. The price and usability also get good feedback.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Sony RDR-HX710 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 417 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony RDR-HX710


alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Sony RDR-HX710 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the price and size. The reliability and design are also mentioned favorably.

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74% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony RDR-HX710S DVD Recorder with 160GB Hard Drive

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Sony RDRHX710


While many of the Sony RDRHX710's features are great, they are poorly integrated, leaving the device disjointed and difficult to operate.

HQ+ 15Mbps recording mode, plenty of functions and options

No connection cables included, controls poorly integrated

The HX710 is an incredibly versatile and customisable recorder, but it can be difficult to use.

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Expert Review


The HX710 is an incredibly versatile and customisable recorder, but it can be difficult to use.

HQ+ 15Mbps recording mode, plenty of functions and options

No connection cables included, controls poorly integrated


Consumer review by:

HDD error


I replaced a Medion dvd recorder in the mistaken belief that a Sony would be better. I echo the experience of other users - complete disaster. I am a gadget freak and I pride myself that I can get anything to work, but this has me beat. It is not...



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the Sony 160gb HDD recorder


I bought this recorder just over a year ago & when i did get a chance too use it,, it was great,, Now all of a sudden all i get is HDD ERROR & the thing doesn't want to do anything,, trying to contact Sony corp is like pulling teeth in a wide awake...

it will work great provided you use it ONLY once every few months

Sony will give you a HUGE run-around when it errors on you even under warranty

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Wonderful quality


I always trust the Sony label and this is no exception. The build and recording quality are excellent and it replaces the VCR with no problems. Even the lower record levels give better quality pictures than my video player, and I never come close to...

Very intuitive to use with good handset. Freeview recording handy

Need the book to hand until you get the hang of things

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Manual now included!


The comments in the other reviews about this Sony RDR-HX710S dvd recorder (that there is no English-language manual included) are...

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Symply Stunning as a Top Line HDDVD Unit

Picture, Sound, Hard Drive Size & quality build ; -)


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Never Looked Back


I've had this HDD Sony RDR-HX710S dvd recorder for 4 months and have had absolutely no problems with it. Setting the timer is easy...

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UK Manual - Help


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Great product, shame I can't use it properly


I do get a red face when I admit that the Sony RDR-HX710S is the first DVD player I have owned. The old PS2 was good but it doesnt...


Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: Yes


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No