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Panasonic DMR-ES20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 reviews of Panasonic DMR-ES20. 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 design and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the reliability. Comments are divided on the size.

usability, price, image quality, design


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Panasonic DMR-ES20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Ben Patterson (



Panasonic DMR-ES20

Relatively inexpensive; excellent recording quality; chasing playback and quick-start recordings with DVD-RAM discs; easy-to-use menus; Flexible Recording mode; DV input for easy camcorder dubbing.

Inability to create chapter stops on +R/-R/-RW discs; no IR blaster for timed recordings.

Panasonic's entry-level DMR-ES20 DVD recorder offers excellent recording quality and easy camcorder dubbing, but its editing features fall short.

Nov, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Arrowsmith (

Panasonic DMR-ES20D DVD recorder


One of the very few DVD recorders with a built-in Freeview digital TV tuner...

Integrated digital TV tuner; multi-compatibility; user-friendly functionality; excellent all-round performance ;

No DV input for camcorders ; Given the growing popularity of Freeview and with digital TV broadcasts set to eventually replace analogue, it's a wonder only why more DVD recorders aren't arriving equipped with an integrated digital tuner ; It's even...

Panasonic's DMR-ES20D is almost unique among DVD recorders as it includes an integrated digital TV tuner offering a single solution for watching Freeview, recording and playing discs. Its excellent all-round ability and flawless functionality make it...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review (

Stopped recording to any disk type


Too annoyed at a recorder that doesn't record to state any pros

Stops working and turns into junk.

May, 2007

Consumer review (

A perfect example of where you shouldn't save money


Is less frustrating in the garbage

slow, locks up, dreadful menus

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (

A perfect example of where you shouldn't save money


Everyone likes the concept of a DVR. You can record television seamlessly, without the loss of quality associated with a VCR, and there is no rewinding. Likewise, everyone likes a good deal. A good deal this Panasonic is not. You have to ...

Is less frustrating in the garbage

slow, locks up, dreadful menus

Mar, 2007

Consumer review (

A good recorder once you upgrade the firmware


I bought this recorder about a year ago, mainly to be able to backup the content of my Explorer 8300HD Digital Video Recorder. I immediately noticed that the auto clock setting which use a signal broadcasted by PBS didn't work. It was a minor ...

Good picture quality. Didn't reject any blank disc. DV input.

Very buggy before upgrading firmware. No component video inputs

Jan, 2007

Consumer review (

Taking this recorder back


accepts many different disc formats

doesn't always record

Oct, 2006

Consumer review (

Panasonic early failure prone dvd recorder


price , features

poor product support , terrible reliability , random failures

Aug, 2006

Consumer review (

Beyond my expectations


First I must admit I am a Panasonic fanboy. I waited for theese to drop a bit in price before I got one though, as the original $400.00 price tag was excessive. I've been using this for 4 months now without a single problem and have gone through over ...

Easy to use, great playback and recording quality, good design.

Terrible manual, many features only usable with DVD-RAM.

Jun, 2006

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No zoom, no time-remaining


Firewire input, easy to manually record

No zoom or time remaining features

Apr, 2006

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