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Panasonic DMR-XW380

alaTest has collected and analyzed 135 reviews of Panasonic DMR-XW380. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Reviewers really like the finish and size. The design and image quality also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the reliability and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-XW380 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Panasonic DMR-XW380


alaTest has collected and analyzed 63 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-XW380 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and usability also get good reviews, but there are some critical opinions about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the size.

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79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Panasonic DMR-XW380EBK 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Twin Freeview HD TunersPanasonic DMR-XW380EBK 250GB HDD DVD Recorder with Twin Freeview HD Tuners

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


With twin Freeview HD tuners, a 250GB hard drive and DVD recording, this is a flexible device

Functionality ; easy to use ; 250GB HDD tuners ; solid, all-round performance

Too pricey in our book

We've no major issues about performance, but without extras such as Blu-ray playback, the price holds it back

May, 2010

Expert review by : Jason Denwood (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 Freeview HD DVD recorder


The recession is lingering and the demand for HD has never been higher. The perfect time, then for folk paying the likes of Sky and Virgin every month to ditch their expensive monthly subscription deals and save money by buying an all-new Freeview+HD...

HD picture, recording options, Gracenote

EPG, crowded remote control, price

If Freeview HD recording and all round digital know-how is your aim, there's nothing quite like the XW380. It's a veritable one-stop solution for a home cinema, albeit one that hasn't embraced Blu-ray - and it comes at a high price.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (

Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


Fed up with paying monthly bills? Welcome to Freeview+HD – and DVD recording too!

Fabulous HD & SD pictures ; Upscaling ; Exhaustive recording options

Slow ; Squashed EPG ; Complex recording options ; No DivX HD support

Jun, 2010

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Panasonic DMR-XW380 review


We've got to admit that DVD recorders aren't our favourite products, even when they have built-in hard disks. We've universally found them to be hard to get to grips with, and fiddly to use even when you have. We're hoping to report all that has...

Archiving HD TV or AVCHD footage to DVDs can be handy, but it’s a trick that Panasonic have overlooked here.

Aug, 2010

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While the product has a number of good qualities, it's inability to play MPEG4 channels is frustrating. Worse still is its refusal to play many DVDs, giving the message it could not detect a DVD or any programs on same. Trying the DVDs on the computer...

Mar, 2016

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will NOT tune new MPEG 4 HD channels


The manual states Video Recording System MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 but Panasonic helpline Tech states unit is equipped only with MPEG 2 decoder. Flimsy excuse video system does not equate with Tuner system. Unfit for stated purpose???? great tuner and recorder...

Mar, 2016

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An all round excellent performer, with one important caveat


Meanwhile, any other devices in the house continue to receive TV signals without a hitch. The unit was sent for a service but that was totally useless. I ended up having a masthead amplifier installed which increased the signal by 20 or 30dB and that...

Mar, 2015

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An all round excellent performer, with one important caveat


I've found this unit to be very good at what it does. Even if the software is a little sluggish it's neat and tidy and pretty straightforward to understand. However, based on my experience with this unit and with a similar model purchased by my uncle,...

Mar, 2015

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DMR-XW480 GLK Review - after 12 months of use


oted and has operated exactly as expected. I have found the EPG a little "borky" and incomplete at various times but I am sure this is the Australian FTA TV stations not maintaining their EPG's properly rather than any fault of the Panasonic unit. If...

Feb, 2015

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DMR-XW480 GLK Review - after 12 months of use


This DMR-XW480 GLK has been around our place for a year now and was itself a replacement for a DMR-XW380. Pretty much all the same features and comments as per my DMR-XW380 review. Nice improvements were the larger HDD and a few simplified and...

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications


Audio decoders:Dolby Digital
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital


Color of product:Black

Disk Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:250

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):36

Hard Drive

Hard Drive Capacity:250

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 40

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 9.37 x 2.32
Networking features:LAN (Ethernet) / LAN (Ethernet) Port
Optical disc recording:DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
Power Requirements:AC/220-240V, 50Hz

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:2
Audio (L,R) out:2
HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
S-Video out:1
S-Video outputs quantity:1
SCART ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video in:3


Power consumption (standby):8
Power consumption (typical):36

Record Modes

DVD DL recording time (max):14.3
Max DVD recording time:8


Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC

Technical Details

Device type:Recorder

TV Tuner

Channels quantity:68

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:7.5 / 7.72