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Philips DVDR985

alaTest has collected and analyzed 402 reviews of Philips DVDR985. The average rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are overall positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

usability, design, image quality, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Philips DVDR985 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 72/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 359 user reviews of Philips DVDR985 from The average user rating for this product is 2.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The design and usability are also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the price. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, design, image quality, size


36% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DVDR985 Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder and PlayerPhilips DVDR985 Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder and Player

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: David Katzmaier (

Philips DVDR985 review: Philips DVDR985


FireWire and component-video inputs; progressive-scan output; thumbnail menu creation; records motion well.

Unfriendly remote; posterization artifacts.

Though a bit pricey, the DVDR985 is an attractive choice, thanks to its strong features and component-video input.

Jun, 2002

Expert review by: (

Philips DVDR985 DVD Recorder Reviewed


Over the past decade a digital format, CD, has replaced records and tapes as the preferred choice for music. Over the past 5 years, DVD has replaced the videotape as the preferred choice for movies. Now, dreary old VHS videotape......


Consumer review by: Philips_Stinks (

Philips DVD Recorders - Don't waste your money


None. It's a substandard product in every category

Unit failed in 18 months & Philips doesn't stand behind it.

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: (



Easy to use

All kinds of problems

Jul, 2004

Consumer review by: MrC (

DVDR-985 works great for me!!!!


Very easy to copy VHS tapes and tv programs onto DVD media

The DVD+RW media will not play on all my DVD players.

Mar, 2004

Consumer review by: Fordy (

Thought it was a useful buy


Found product had good features and was easy to use

Getting ABFFDOE error and unable to use any functions. Only

Feb, 2004

Consumer review by: Online Shopper (

Where were you all when I bought this piece of crap


It worked for the first 3 months

Disc errors, disc errors, disc errors

Jan, 2004

Consumer review by: Geri (

What a piece of trash


easy to record if you won't lend any dvd's to someone.

can't play recordings on other dvd players-incompatible.

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: plummer (

Add alphabets to the remote for editing


Recording quality as good as the original

Not all DVD players play DVD+. Editing can be frustrating

Dec, 2003

Consumer review by: rdr (

sorry if you own one


recorded 4 dvds

works out to 250.00 ea after it broke

Nov, 2003

Product Specifications

Imagine being able to record from TV or digital camera directly on to a DVD. Imagine the possibilities; digital quality never degrades. Precious memories captured on digital video at the touch of a button. With the introduction of Philips Recordable DVD, the possibility is a reality with Dolby Digital Sound. The Philips DVDR985 records from TV in digital quality on ReWritable DVDs and copies your favorite camcorder tapes onto DVD for life. You get digital picture and sound quality for the ultimate viewing experience plus direct access to your recordings - no more winding or rewinding. Crystal Clear Pro progressive scan video provides razor-sharp pictures. Digital connection (i.LINK) enables high-quality copying from digital camcorders. Component video input (YPB/PR) ensures the best recording quality from analog sources. Edit your home movies easily with Favorite Scene Selection. Play DVD and audio-CD(R/RW); your recorded discs will play on most DVD-Video players! The Philips DVDR985 features a large display with disc-bar for instant disc content overview as well as a universal remote control.

Audio System

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

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / SVCD / Video CD
Search Speed:32x / 4x / 8x
Type:DVD recorder

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes
Picture Zoom Power:1.33x / 2x / 4x


Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips DVDR



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty