Pros I don't know what the last reviewer is talking about. If taping a show off TV, all you need to do is push pause to eliminate commercials. This machine is not for the soft of mind. It does not have a lot of frills, don't buy it thinking it is TiVo. Do
Cons For some reason I had trouble with S-video, but cables work fine. Text title only allows for about 6 characters which sucks. Overall a simplistic machine that is relatively easy to use
"Poor performance"on by docmax
Pros Update firmware available
Cons intremittant recording problems persist
Summary As a user of this product, I can say from experience that most of the negative reviews are true. However, since the Gateway is really the Lite-On model LVW-5001, to remedy the major recording problems I contacted the original manufacturer of the recorder (Lite-On, http://www.liteonamericas.com). They provided me with the following information to update the recorder software:
Please use the follow serial # to obtain the file update; there should be 2 files: 1 for software update, and 1 for firmware update.
Please follow the instruction from the website and make sure to unzip or unrar
the files before burning it to CD, and burn 1 file per CD.
After updating my recorder software, I have significantly less problems with this recorder. Every now and then I may have to unplug it, to let the system reset, and then it works fine. Gateway has discontinued selling this model due to its poor performance. You can press Gateway for at least a $100 in-store credit as compensation. Good luck!
Pros simple recording, just push the button but you have to be around to push stop. I have been recording tv for a friend who is living abroad and putting 6 hours per disc. had a few problems in the beginning about 11 months ago but since everything has been
Cons I have found that it wont format a new disc after recording for a while. I think it has to do with the machine overheating. When this happens i usually **** it down for an hour and bring it back up. the same disc that once said "no disc" or "disc failure
Pros Does the basics of recording decently
Cons Has many software glitches. The service from Gateway is the worst I have seen from any company. Pray you do not have any problems. Even if they do service it- which is questionable and at considerable cost and time on your part, You will not see this unit
Pros Performed well when it worked.
Cons Stopped reading disks after 6 months. Gateway replaced the unit but did not send me a power cord or remote control. It has been over 3 months and they still have not sent a power cord to me, so I have no DVR and no way to check if the replaced unit work