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Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 149 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The image quality and price also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the design and size are overall positive. The price and usability also get good comments. There are some less positive comments about the reliability and image quality.

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78% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (cnet.com)

Panasonic DMR-E55 review

 

Intro Now that DVD recorders have reached the brink of mass affordability, everyone is starting to make one. Panasonic was on the scene before just about everyone, however, and its entry-level fifth-generation model--the DMR-E55S--delivers some...

Relatively inexpensive; excellent recording quality in XP and SP modes; simultaneous recording and playback with DVD-RAM; Flexible Recording mode.

Somewhat difficult to use; no IR blaster for cable box control; soft recording quality in EP mode; no FireWire input.

Panasonic's least-expensive DVD recorder is a good choice for basic TV and video archiving.

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: SoundStage! (hometheatersound.com)

Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD Recorder

 

I've used only one other home DVD recorder, Panasonic's DMR-E60S ($550). The DMR-E55, for $250 less, ties or beats the DMR-E60S in every category: setup is simpler, the GUI is more intuitive and better looking, the remote is easier to use, and the...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (cnet.com.au)

Panasonic DMR-E55

 

Panasonic's least-expensive DVD recorder is a good choice for basic TV and video archiving.

Relatively inexpensive ; Excellent recording quality in XP and SP modes ; Simultaneous recording and playback with DVD-RAM ; Flexible Recording mode

Somewhat difficult to use ; No IR blaster for cable box control ; Soft recording quality in EP mode ; No FireWire input

After recording, we checked out a finalised DVD-R disc and noted that it played in eight newer players and one older one in our test facility but not on another old player. The DMR-E55 itself played back most of the test discs in our compatibility...

Feb, 2005

Consumer review by: shellback (epinions.com)

A PIECE OF JUNK THAT CANNOT BE FIXED

 

IT WORKED FINE FOR ABOUT 10 MONTHS.

SAVE YOUR MONEY,THE RISK OF A CRITICAL FAILURE IS TOO HIGH.

Feb, 2007

Consumer review by: sueontherock (epinions.com)

Fantastic for 2 years then big trouble!

 

I bought this machine because of the reviews,the price and I like to buy from quality manufacturers. It has been fantastic, the whole family have found it easy to use and love its features. After VHS I think we all find DVD recording life...

Wonderful while it lasted

The technology used in these DVD recorders is too short -lived.

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: ranger168 (epinions.com)

DMR-E55___Good, but could be better.

 

I know others have already went over the features of this DVD recorder, so I'll discuss the performance & functions of the DMR-E55. The 1st thing you'll notice is the loading tray opens very slow. The loading tray design is so you can only pickup the ...

Built solid, easy to use.

Very poor design & function

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: liz-in-indy (epinions.com)

Good unit with some hang-ups

 

Inexpensive. Records easily. Good quality of recording.

Instruction manual isn't complete. Quirky with some disks.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: liz-in-indy (epinions.com)

Good unit with some hang-ups

 

UPDATE: 6/2006 I wrote a review on AMAZON.com on this item and how to overcome Failed Finalization. Since I discovered this technique, I've not lost a single recording. The address: ...

Inexpensive. Records easily. Good quality of recording.

Instruction manual isn't complete. Quirky with some disks.

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: video-guru (epinions.com)

Worst appliance in the house

 

If it records a program (rarely), it provides better picture quality than VHS tape.

Extremely poor reliability.Slow startupPoor user interface

Apr, 2006

Consumer review by: dam1939 (epinions.com)

I enjoyed this recorder for eleven months then it went haywire.

 

I was very pleased with the E55 for 11 months, then it started rejecting my RAM discs. It seems that the erase function was wiping out all of the data on the disk including what is necessary to have it read as recordable. If I used it as a recorder and...

Easy to use with some fine features

DVD-RAM discs are not cheap, rendering them unusable is not a positive feature.

Dec, 2005

Product Specifications

Color

Color of product:Silver

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):2.9
Power consumption (typical):25

Management Features

Handheld remote control: Yes

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 10.8 x 3.11
Disc types supported:CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM
I/O ports:Component Video Out (Y, PB, PR)\nComposite Video In: 3(RCA)\nAudio L/R In: 3(RCA)\n1x UHF/VHF\nComponent Video (Progressive\nDV in\n2xScart(1xRGB in)\nVideo/audio in/out\nFront video/audio
Optical disc recording:DVD-RAM, DVD-R
Power Requirements:120V, 60Hz

Ports & interfaces

Composite video out:1
Digital audio optical out:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
S-Video out:1
S-Video outputs quantity:1

Power

Power consumption (standby):2.9
Power consumption (typical):25

Record Modes

DVD recording modes:XP, SP, LP, EP, FR

Technical Details

Device type:Recorder

Video

Progressive scan output: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:8.58