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Toshiba DR420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 243 reviews of Toshiba DR420. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The image quality and price also get good opinions, but many are critical about the size.

usability, price, image quality, design, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Toshiba DR420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 199 user reviews of Toshiba DR420 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Views about the design and reliability are overall positive. The image quality and price also get good opinions, but many are less positive about the size.

usability, price, image quality, reliability, design


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

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, BlackToshiba DR420 DVD Recorder, Black

Nov, 2015

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Toshiba DR420 Review


Toshiba DR420 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Toshiba DR420 and comparisons to other DVD Recorders

Good value; Good features; Reliable

No tuner; Poor image quality at lower speeds

Mar, 2010


Expert review by: (

Toshiba DR420


The Toshiba DR420 is an excellent option for anyone who wants to make permanent DVD copies of valued content in their VHS library before that technology becomes completely obsolete and unusable. It's also a great way to dub from other DVDs or to make a...

Easy one touch DVD recording, Dolby Digital audio and automatic finalization of DVDs are strong features offered on this player

The Toshiba DR420 has no HDMI interface

If you are looking for a DVD Recorder Player so you can create a home library of old videos, take a look at the Toshiba DR420 and the features it offers.


Consumer review by: ÿ½ Tomï¿Â½ (

Very good value and nice clean design


Performs flawlessly: it's very straight forward set-up and operation. Seems as good (or better) than units costing double the price.

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: ý Ralph� (

toshiba is the best


this recorder is the boooomb .. :-)

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: ¯Â¿Â romo123ï¿Â½ (

Good but......


I bought this recorder after reading a review that claimed it recorded shows from Comcast. Well it didnt. Comcast in their greddy ways put a stop to that. I attempted to watch the shows I taped and the dvd was skipping. It wasnt the unit it was Comcast...

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: � LHW¯Â¿½ (

Good Buy for the Money


I bought this to replace an expensive Sony DVD recorder that stopped working after only 2 years. Before the Sony I had a Panasonic, which I loved. I really wanted another Panasonic but couldnt find one in my price range, so I settled for this Toshiba....

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: ¯¿Â½ Bud¯Â¿Â½ (

I'm very pleased.


I have yet to find anything lacking in thie DVD.

Jun, 2010

Consumer review by: ÿ djreneaï¿Â½ (

Great Price, Great Product


I love this recorder. I have never owned one and noticed many people have owned prior and replaced with this item. I have a cable box, so I don't need a tuner and found the hookup very simple. I had an extra HDMI cable and had extra RCA cables and...

May, 2010

Consumer review by: � Greg¯Â¿Â½ (

Good buy for the money


For the money I paid, I was expecting a slightly sustandard piece of equipment. Boy was I wrong! Has all the feature I expected and needed. Easy to use and records and playback are good quality. Been recording movies left and right once I got it hooked...

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: ¯Â½ Videophileï½ (

Good Unit


I've had this now for several weeks and like it. I bought it to replace my Phillips DVDR and find this one to be easier to set up and to program. If you are using Satellite or cable, this is a good choice.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

The DR420 is an excellent solution for archiving your favorite home movies to DVD. The DR420 also enhances your DVD collection with 1080p up conversion to near HD picture quality via HDMI.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:3D Virtual Surround Sound

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-ROM / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-ROM / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / Kodak Picture CD / SVCD / Video CD
Search Speed:1.5x / 20x / 2x / 40x / 5x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / PCM / WMA
Type:DVD recorder

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes


Localization:English / French / Spanish
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba