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Toshiba RD XS35

Toshiba RD XS35
alaScore 70

163 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 163 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and value for money. The usability and image quality also get good opinions.

image quality, usability, value for money, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Toshiba RD XS35 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 163 reviews)

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The best of both worlds?

 

This unit is probably best thought of as a poor man's TiVO -- no, it won't give you all the features TiVO offers, and it's not the easiest component to learn and use, partly because of its inherent complexity -- but it's still far superior in picture...

160GB hard disk, TV Guide on Screen, affordable

quirky remote, some counterintuitive procedures, rudimentary DVD recorder

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Worth considering if the price is right.

 

Decided to pick one of these up after they suddenly became available for about CAN$250 (US$220) from a number of Canadian electronics retailers right after Christmas. I'd originally been planning on slogging along and continuing to do my video...

Good picture quality; TV Guide On Screen is free and makes it easy to timeshift my favorite programs

Not the easiest machine to set up and use; no HDMI outputs

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Fan Never turns off, Too loud for bedroom.

 

I have two other machines from Toshiba. An Xs-32 and a KX-50. The Picture from the RCA outputs are sharpest on the XS-35.

Excellect SP Picture. LP could be sharper. But nice and clean slightly soft. Any JVC VHS from the 1980's had a sharper 250 line picture

Has One touch record but not in 30 min. increments

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Good buy - room for improvement

 

All in all, this is a good dvr. Some complain about the fact that you have to enter 'time-slip' mode in order to pause live TV. But the tvio type players that allow you to pause live tv without entering a special mode are constantly recording and in...

Lots of options - fail-safes for the technically challenged

Missing some basic customizations - remote could use some work

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Very complicated

 

I think my expectations for this product were unreasonable now that I look back. I wanted a Tivo-esque ease-of-use DVR that could burn content to DVD without the price of a Tivo subscription. The product is feature packed, but actually using those...

Does just about everything. Large HDD for the price

Interface not intuitive. TGOS poorly implemented

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Amazon review summary for Toshiba RD XS35

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 124 user reviews of Toshiba RD XS35 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.com.

usability, image quality, value for money, design

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba RD-XS35 DVD Player/Recorder with 160 GB Hard DriveToshiba RD-XS35 DVD Player/Recorder with 160 GB Hard Drive

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Good buy

 

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Excellent DVR

 

Very easy to setup recurring recordings, 3 different ways to transfer content to DVD-RW or -RAM, easy program search process

Took 24 hours to download TV Guide listings ; a few channels do not appear on the lineup ; changing channels while using TV Guide is slow

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Feature-rich but not necessarily for those looking for something simple

 

It's much more complicated than other recorders, but this is not a reason to slack it. It has a ton of editing features. It's perfect for converting VHS tape to DVD, especially longer tapes: Just let the tape dub overnight and then edit it into ...

Excellent picture quality ; Lots of editing features ; Thumbnail menus for chaptersManual video bitrate adjustment

Burn quality inconsistent compared to other recorders, moreso if you need to duplicate the discs

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Feature-rich but not necessarily for those looking for something simple

 

It's much more complicated than other recorders, but this is not a reason to slack it. It has a ton of editing features. It's perfect for converting VHS tape to DVD, especially longer tapes: Just let the tape dub overnight and then edit it into...

Excellent picture quality.Lots of editing features.Thumbnail menus

Burn quality inconsistent compared to other recorders, moreso if you need to duplicate

Product Specifications

Reliability. Performance. Technology. Leadership. The Toshiba name means all this and more. Toshiba builds upon this heritage by delivering the industry's most innovative, high-quality solutions. PRODUCT FEATURES: 3D Y/C Comb Filter; 3D-DNR video noise reduction for recording; Digital video noise reduction playback 3 D, Block and Mosquito DNR; JPEG Viewer; 160 GB Hard Disc Drive (HDD); Multi-drive playback and recording; ColorStreamPro Component Video Out (all source); Digital Cinema Progressive (3: 2 Pulldown); LPCM/Dolby Digital (2Ch) audio recording; WMA & MP3 playback; 24-Bit/192kHz audio digital/analog converter; QSound 3D Surround sound; Satellite programming and STB IR control; Time Slip, Chase Play and Live Chase Play "Pause Live TV"; Disc play: DVD-Video/DVD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/VCD/SVCD/DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM; EASY NAVI menu; TV Guide On Screen Interactive Program Guide; IR Blaster for cable box control (G-Link).

Cassette System

Type: None

CD Recorder

Device Type: None

CD System

Device Type: None

Combined Device

Type:DVD recorder / HDD recorder/DVD recorder / HDD recorder with TV tuner

Digital Player (Recorder)

Device Type: None

Digital Storage Media

Capacity:160GB/250GB
Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.3in
Height:2.5in
Width:17in

DVD

Type:DVD recorder

Header

Manufacturer:Toshiba
Model:XS35/XS55
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba RD

MD System

Type: None

Radio

Device Type: None

Television

Television Type: None

TV Tuner

Tuner Qty:1

VCR

Device Type: None

VCR 2nd

Device Type: None
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