Pros Great for archiving VHS tapes...also a good DVD player and excellent on air TV tuner included. Easy to use, good interface and menus.
Cons Occasional dvd-r's not compatible with some dvd players (mostly computer dvd drives)
Pros fairly easy to use
Cons can't work well with brand new disks
Summary Hi I bought one of these units and it has problems
I wanted to make a DVD of a vHS tape and found this neat bug - the interesting thing is that their manual states it can be done;
1) Insert a brand new DVD-R disk into the unit
2) Plug in a vhs tape
3) press the VHS button on the remote
4) press the copy button on the remote
5) record for about 10 minutes
6) press pause on the remote
7) fast forward for about 22 minutes on the vHS tape
8) press the copy button on the remote twice
after about 1 minute the TV screen will state "cannot record due to a defective disk'
Pros Can archive VHS tapes to DVDs
Cons Timed recordings don't seem to work; poor support; slow
Summary I've been archiving my VHS tapes to DVD's and haven't encountered any huge problems, at least yet.
But then I tried recording a TV show to DVD. The recorder portion worked (even though the instructions didn't tell you to turn off the unit after setting the timer), meaning it powered on and appeared to be recording. But when I attempted to play back the disc or even load it, it issues the msg "Unknown Disc. Check disc again."
I'm using the exact same media (Memorex 8x) I've used for all my other recordings. Nothing on their website about this problem or firmware upgrades. Turned off Auto Clock (seems like one of their listed problems might be the same as a timed recording), but their instructions were wrong. It just rejects the disc and opens the tray. You have no chance of finalizing the disc or anything else.
Pros Works well if you are not recording...just viewing.
Cons Freezes up. On my first attempt at recording it froze, wouldn't let me shut down or get my disk or VHS out..had to unplug. Attempted again. Begin the Intialize the DVD-RW and it froze with the Initialize finished screen..again. Samo bull...had to unp
Pros supposed to be easy
Cons nothing works for longer than 20 seconds - freezes require unplugging and restart - I want to like it, but it just won't work