"Nice Little Recorder"4.0 starson by blaster46
Pros: Does what it says it will
Cons: Remote is a little contrary sometimes
Summary: I bought this about a month ago for the primary purpose of transferring my VHS movies, I have about 300 and some of the older ones are beginning to show some signs of deteriorating.
It was easy to set up and connect to my TV and the set up instructions included steps on how to connect the VCR to do the copying. The Guider function makes it a snap to begin the recording, and has a small window to show the picture from the source being recorded - be it TV, Front or rear A/V jacks, S-video jack or direct from camcorder - so I can FF the tape thru any ads or promo features and begin recording just the movie.
The titling is also easy to use and allows for capitals, lower case, symbols and an international setting. One tip, be sure to retitled and do whatever other editing before finaling the disc, once it is finalized nothing else can be done to the disc. Finaling is also one easy step and gives a progress read-out and tells you when its' completed.
I haven't had a reason to erase any of the RW discs I've used so I don't know how that function works but based on what I have used on this recorder I don't doubt it will work fairly easily. So far I've completed 25-30 movies and haven't had any problems. I have been using Imation brand +R/RW discs, I have been using Imation CD's for a couple of years for my PC and liked their quality, and the quality continues to the DVD discs.
The only problem I have had is with the remote. It seems that it needs to be in a pretty direct line for the recorder to read the signal, and sometimes I need to press it a couple of times to get it to operate but that's a minor flaw.
It would also be nice to have a 3 hour recording time, it has 1, 2, 4 and 6 hour settings, but I seem to remember reading somewhere on the Internet where there is a download available to fix this.
Overall I find this to be exactly what I wanted. It's simple to set up, use and operate and the produces a good quality final product.
If you are looking for a recorder with the primary purpose of archiving your VHS files, as I was, I feel confident in highly recommending this brand and model. It's a good value.