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Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 212 reviews of Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder. The average rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Views about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. Views are divided on the size. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 64/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 198 user reviews of Panasonic DMR-E85HS DVD Recorder from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical comments about the size and reliability.

usability, price, image quality, design

reliability, size

65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2020

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Satisfied customer


I purchased the Panasonic DMR-E85HS in October 2004, since then I have had no trouble with it. It has performed as advertised. If I were to make any complaint, it would be the length of time it took to populate the TV Guide function. I primarily use my...

Dec, 2004

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Panasonic DMR-E85HS Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder w/ Built-in 120GB HDD, Silver Color


So far so good. Easy setup out of the box. A little confusing to figure out the menu's at first, but I pretty quickly figured out how to view between different sources, record to the HDD, erase from the HDD, time-slip, and time record. It played both...

Nov, 2004

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Great Ease of use


My 70 plus year old mother is able to work this unit. (After a little hands on training.). Having looked at a number of these units this unit is the easiest to use. The speed of navagating stored video clips in increadable. Used to convert old...

Sep, 2004

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Terrible machines.


Great when they are working. BUT..

Good when working

Very unreliable

Apr, 2007

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Buyer Beware


Out of the box I did not have problems in the beginning. This recorder will only display DVD's at the standard 480p resolution. It will not upscale video resolution. First of all you must set up the recorder to download channel information from your...

Plays DVD-Audio and records DVD-RAM discs

TV guide system is not compatible with all cable boxes. Tech support help nonexistent

Jan, 2007

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Great product marred by defective firmware!


I bought the Panasonic DMR-E85H from a local retailer after reading many good reviews through the Internet. However, nothing could have prepared me for the headaches the bugs in this unit would cause me!

Large 120GB hard drive, FREE TV Guide, excellent recording quality

Buggy firmware causes the machine to lock up

Apr, 2005

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Great unit!


For anyone looking to upgrade your home video recording from VHS, this is the unit to buy.

hard drive recording, editing, time slip feature

none so far

Apr, 2005

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Terrible Quality


I am so frustrated with this product I am motivated to write my first ever online product review to warn others.

TV Guide Service has potential as good alternative to Tivo

Over difficult to use. Poor Quality

Mar, 2005

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Significantly Improves TV Watching Experience


This is an excellent product that will let you enjoy TV more. I use it to record multiple shows on a weekly or daily basis, and at any point I can bring up a random access list of recorded shows to watch at my convenience.

Everything works as advertised. Easy to record multiple shows and list them

Nothing worth mentioning

Oct, 2004

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An Unworthy Successor to the DMR-E80h


The DMR-E85H ("E85H") is a lemon. I say this as someone who dearly loves its predecessor, the DMR-E80H ("e80h").

Large disk drive. Infrared blaster

Very poor programming functions

Sep, 2004

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