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Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895

Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895
alaScore 75

352 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 352 reviews of Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 352 reviews)

2 expert reviews

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895 from The average user rating for this product is 1.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

23% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung DVD-SH897 HDD Recorder - BlackSamsung DVD-SH897 HDD Recorder - Black

Feb, 2018

Consumer review by: Sa (

Samsung DVD-SH897


Does do what it claims and is not easy to get to the different sections

May, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Samsung DVD-SH895


not easy to navigate around and wont let you change the recording quality on your hdd

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Guido (

Samsung DVD-SH897


good memeory, sleek design

not easy to use, some function are not good at all

Apr, 2011

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Samsung DVD-SH895


stylish good picture and sound quality

not the easiest to understand instructions having said that it does everything well when you eventually work it out

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Tony (

Samsung DVD-SH897


The apparent good points have proved disappointing in use. I bought this machine as it was a Samsung and should have been fully compatible with my Samsung TV. It is difficult to configure properly. Also I was hoping to be able to freely interchange the...

The recorders TV guide menu is completely different from the one on the TV and cannot be paged through only accessed line by line. The full program information is unavailable once TV is being accessed via the recorder. Also the tuner in the recorder is...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Peter (

Samsung DVD-SH895


There didn't appear to be any. See below.

The owner's manual appeared to have been written by a computer programmer who had at best, a tenuous idea of the correct non-technical use of the English language. No terms (use of words or phrases was not in a manner which enabled the item to be used)...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Matt (

Samsung DVD-SH897


There's a few bad reviews about this product - most complaining how difficult it is to use. Bearing in mind it took me 3 hours to get my Wii going, this took about five minutes. The guide is extremely slow but I juist use my TVs guide instead so it is...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: paul (

Samsung DVD-SH897


Quick and relatively easy to set up even for the inexperienced Good value for money

User guide could be clearer Help line number for Samsung quoted in one of the inserts is incorrect If recording from the tv guide I havent worked out how to extend recording by a couple of minutes past the scheduled end time (apart from a manual timer...

Feb, 2011

Consumer review by: Janette (

Samsung DVD-SH895


according to sales person does lots and has big hard drive

manual is compelte nightmare to understand, too much jargon, can't do much with it as finding it too difficult to operate

Jan, 2011

Consumer review by: SG (

Samsung DVD-SH895


Plug and Play...Just connected it up and it more or less did the rest by its self

Maybe its my age but is the print getting smaller in the instruction "Book"

Jan, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/96kHz


Color of product:Black

Disk Drive

Built-in hard drive: No
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Maximum HDD recording time:534

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):2.5
Power consumption (typical):30

File formats

Audio formats supported:MP3 / MP3, PCM
Image formats supported:JPG
Video compression format:DivX / DIVX, MPEG2, MPEG4 / MPEG2, MPEG4
Video formats supported:DivX / DIVX,MPEG2,MPEG4

Hard Drive

Built-in hard drive:N
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Maximum HDD recording time:534


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No

Management Features

Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Integrated clock: Yes

Other Features

Bit rate:24
Dimensions (WxDxH):16.9 x 11.8 x 2.17 / 16.9 x 2.17 x 11.8
Disc types supported:DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
Number of TV tuners:1
Playback formats:DVD-video / DVD-RAM / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / HDD / DVD-video/ DVD-RAM/ DVD-R/ DVD-RW/ DVD+R/ DVD+RW/ HDD
Power Requirements:230 V 50/60 Hz
Recording speed:4 / 4x

Packaging Content

Manual: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:15.6
Package dimensions (WxDxH):20.2 x 15.6 x 5.79 / 20.2 x 6.1 x 15.8
Package height:5.79
Package weight:11 / 11.5
Package width:20.2

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) in:1
Audio (L,R) out:1
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite video in:1
Composite video out:1
DC-in jack: Yes
Digital audio coaxial out:1
Digital audio optical out:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SCART ports quantity:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Power consumption (standby):2.5
Power consumption (typical):30


Child lock: Yes
Parental Control: Yes


Card reader integrated: No
HD-DVD playback: Yes
Loader type:Motorised, Front
Number of Discs:1
Number of disks:1
Number of optical discs:1
Optical disc diameter:120
Playback disc formats:CD audio
Playback disc types:DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW
Recording disc types: No
SmartCard slot: No

Technical Details

3D compatibility: No
Consumer Electronics Control (CEC):Anynet+
Device type:Player / Recorder
Disc loading type:Front disc loader
Form Factor:Set-top
Karaoke: No
Motorized disc loader:Y
Plug and Play: Yes

TV Tuner

Channels quantity:48
TV tuner integrated: No


Progressive scan output: Yes
Recording modes:EP, LP, SEP, SP, XP
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 720p
Video D/A Converter (DAC):10-bit/54MHz
Video heads quantity:1

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.8 / 2.17
Height:11.8 / 2.17
Weight:7.94 / 8.38