Pros FEATURE RICH! More compatible disc formats. EXTREMELY user friendly! Great menus and interface. Great editing features. Smooth picture perfect operation. Great picture quality. Very nice remote control. Incorporates everything you could want!
Cons 15 months to 2 years into operation, Panasonic has a couple of engineering flaws that cause their recorders to self destruct! Some instantaneously, some over a period of months. Mine no longer formats or finalizes any disc it records!
Summary The quintessential perfect unit to purchase-if you are willing to replace it in about 15 months (just out of warranty, coincidentally). Calling Panasonic reveals that they want 75 dollars (minimum) to fix the unit. They state that, adding "If it can be fixed". If you get it fixed, you get another 6 to 9 months operation. Right up until a SECOND design flaw kills it! If you get it fixed a second time, you have roughly $350.00 invested. Not to mention MUCH trouble and aggravation, as well as doing without your functioning unit for 2 extended periods of time. Upon doing some internet research, I quickly learned that I was not alone. Owners of this unit all across the country experiencing the exact same set of problems. For all the great service I got over 18 months from this unit--Not a very good deal!!!
Pros Low learning curve, good written instructions
Cons Buttons a little small on remote
Summary I am not a technological wizard, so my husband had to set this up for me. I've had it about 5 months now and LOVE it. This is on the TV upstairs. I bought it because I was having trouble with our old RCA DVD recorder (unreliable), but that's another review.
Once set up it is complete, the unit is very easy to use. I read LOTS of reviews before buying and realized the cons that others had were not of concern to me, i.e. we don't have HDTV yet so 16:9 ratio not important. All I needed was something to record things from my TIVO unit.
I like the ample space to actually type the entire name of the show (unlike the RCA). I really use the Flexible Recording feature to exactly fit a movie or to fit lots of shows. I DID have to play around with this feature to figure out how to work it while recording multiple shows on one disk (manual wasn't useful with that part), but I use it all the time. I also like the Change Thumbnail feature to select what picture displays when you browsing through programs, very important with decorating shows.
The RCA that I put on the TV downstairs is starting to mess up a lot now, so I will be purchasing a new unit. I've read reviews on the DMR-ES20, but since I am happy with this unit I am going to buy another one.
Pros None, as far as I could tell
Cons Weak input signal converter rendered unit inoperable
Summary I had high hopes for this unit after reading so many great reviews: I returned my Lite-On unit (that had many problems of its own), plugged in the Panasonic, and all it could record was a snowy, grainy image. The "tech support" rep (none too supportive) told me I had to buy a signal booster ($30±) in order for the ES10S to work. Somehow, the Lite-On model didn't require a signal booster, and recorded a clean, clear signal from the same source, so I can only surmise that Panasonic is using a cheaper or otherwise inadequate part for the input signal converter. So back to the dealer it goes...
Pros 3 formats,fast proceeding,it records 'till worst pictures
Cons no Zoom,EP is so low,USB lackness,why not +RW?
Summary Using a Beatles'song,i refer about some kind of Panasonic's falling in the past years,bad memories about VCRs "J" drove me away from this company,but all my fears are being defeated about,i got a LG too,
in some features that DVD-R overcomes like PIP,zoom,PAL caption,best and more remote control,faster zapping,but ES 10 when is recording is unstoppable!!,LG FREEZES OVER
if the pictures are bad,yet to record my old VHS tapes that detail really matters to win our precious time,im waiting for more pannies!!!
Pros Easier navigation come to others, wide Media compatibility, multiple I/O option. It is Panasonic
Cons Better options are limted to DVD-RAM media. Basic option available DVD+/- R media. It takes some time to load Media
Summary DVD recorder market is currently in developmental stages. Options are limted if your budget is under $200 (it was for me). After returning 2 DVD player (Magnavox and Go Video) I was sold to this DVD player on first day. It is much eaiser to use. Some nice options are avialable if recording on DVD-RAM. such as time shift recording, manual chapter marker, playable preview shots in scene slection screen and many more. However options are limited to DVD-RAM and This media is bit expensive.
Bottom line, it stands to its brand name. thumbs up to Panasonic for great product.