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Toshiba DR420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 226 reviews of Toshiba DR420. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The image quality and price are also appreciated. There are some less positive opinions about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Toshiba DR420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Toshiba DR420

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 200 user reviews of Toshiba DR420 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.5/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Amazon.com. Views about the design and reliability are generally positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the size.

usability, price, image quality, reliability, design

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Expert review by (consumersearch.com)

Toshiba DR420 Review

 

Toshiba DR420 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Toshiba DR420 and comparisons to other DVD Recorders

Good value; Good features; Reliable

No tuner; Poor image quality at lower speeds

Mar, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

great

 

easy to use

none.. does what it should.

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

great

 

easy to use

none.. does what it should

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Worthless

 

Maybe Toshiba has stock in factory recorded DVD's. Not worth 50 cents as a recorder.

Had decent playback of pre-recorded stuff.

Has SEVERE limitations on what it can record from. Looks to me like Toshiba wants our home copies to be the poorest quality possible. Can't even record from S-video cable and DvD's made that are in widescreen will only playback in letterbox.

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

No tuner

 

If you are purchasing a recorder and hope to ever record TV shows, this is not the one. It does have component video in, so if you plan to use it only to record off another DVD player, or some other device that has a built in tuner, then it might be...

Not able to use the device, so I cannot say. (See cons)

No tuner or cable input.

Feb, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

As advertised, and then some

 

I was shopping for a DVD recorder/VCR combo, but all the reviews of affordable units dismissed the VCR portion as tape-eating junk. So I decided to keep the Sony for playing/transferring tapes as it has yet to lunch on anything. Also kudos to Newegg's...

It does everything it says it will do, including -- contrary to another review -- recording DVDs that ARE playable on other systems. Just have to FINALIZE! I'm particularly happy with playback quality compared to the DVD portion of my circa 2004...

A second set of audio outputs would have been nice. With my setup, I had to use passive "Y" splitters, one to the LG flatscreen and the other to the Sony receiver. But that' picky for something at this price point. Also, the finalizing process is...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

As advertised, and then some

 

I was shopping for a DVD recorder/VCR combo, but all the reviews of affordable units dismissed the VCR portion as tape-eating junk. So I decided to keep the Sony for playing/transferring tapes as it has yet to lunch on anything. Also kudos to Newegg's...

It does everything it says it will do, including -- contrary to another review -- recording DVDs that ARE playable on other systems. Just have to FINALIZE! I'm particularly happy with playback quality compared to the DVD portion of my circa 2004...

A second set of audio outputs would have been nice. With my setup, I had to use passive "Y" splitters, one to the LG flatscreen and the other to the Sony receiver. But that' picky for something at this price point. Also, the finalizing process is...

Dec, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Read The Instructions Willy

 

If you record something off cable and it is available in standard and HD, record it in standard. That way it will fillup the entire screen on you HDTV or standard TV.

This recorder plays everything I've thrown at it. It even plays Movies I have burned on my computer that gave my LG Home Theater system problems. Everything I've recorded, from cable TV, plays like a champ in my LG system. Like the instructions tell...

Does not have an HDMI in. All the disc recorded from HD shows, show up with the black spaces at the top and bottom and stretch the picture wide. Not recording in true HD.

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Read The Instructions Willy

 

If you record something off cable and it is available in standard and HD, record it in standard. That way it will fillup the entire screen on you HDTV or standard TV.

This recorder plays everything I've thrown at it. It even plays Movies I have burned on my computer that gave my LG Home Theater system problems. Everything I've recorded, from cable TV, plays like a champ in my LG system. Like the instructions tell...

Does not have an HDMI in. All the disc recorded from HD shows, show up with the black spaces at the top and bottom and stretch the picture wide. Not recording in true HD

Apr, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

After reading the other reviews ...

 

I checked recordings accross platforms once I received the RVR and unlike Willy's reviews I found no such limitations in recording or in playback in other machines as we have 3 other brands of DVD players and 1 other DVR and 1 other DVD burnner and all...

See my other review!

One note here, once you record a chapter (segment) to disk and erase the "TITLE" that space on the DVD is gone forever even before you finalize the DVD. This is not the case with a DVDRW!

Apr, 2009

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