"Front pannel display stinks."1.5 starson by snowman401
Pros: Does DVD RAM
Cons: It's footprint is compact
Summary: I have 5 DVD recorders. I had 3 ES-10's but one of them went south so Panasonic did a warranty replacement with an ES-20. What a sad replacement. These units are hooked to a UHF antenna and the ES-10s, which Panasonic stopped making because it didn't a DV port, work flawlessly. The ES-20 is another story. I've had the unit since 12/23/05 and it has locked up 5 times. This means the disc will not eject and none of the keys or the remote will do anything. If you select EP, 8 hr record time the unit will without warning go to SP 2 hr record time. It’s very unpredictable!
The front panel display on the DMR-ES20 does not display the same information as the DMR-ES10. The LED readout is 80's technology. It’s very cryptic. Like there are not enough segments to display words. For instance OPEN is displayed "OPEn." It's just cheap!
My advice is to wait till Panasonic works out the bugs on this unit.