Manufacturer: Panasonic Part number: DMR-E85HS
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- Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 10 reviews
- Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. PRODUCT FEATURES: Playback of DVD-RAM, DVD-R, ... Read more
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Great idea, features BAD execution!
Pros: This unit was meant to replace the DMR-E55 which I have already been using for a while and really like, but I wanted one with a hard drive. The fact that the E85 will control my cable box was also appealing. The video quality is great. I've read people's
Cons: I have some major gripes about this unit. 1) The first thing I noticed is it's response time. Often when hitting a button on the remote, the unit takes a second to react. 2) I wanted to reset the TV Guide setup, so I followed the reset instructions in the
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
My VCR/DVD Replacement Dream
Pros: Replacing my VCR & DVD player with one unit was a must, to minimize space, and this unit does it. Great capacity and quality recording to the hard drive on XP (highest quality=26 hours) & SP (one notch down=52 hours) with two other modes I haven'
Cons: Expensive. Bought for $549 at Circuit City since I have a problem with impulse buying, but it can be found for $100 cheaper online from what I've seen. Read the freakin' manual Janet! Lots of stuff to become accustomed to including the channel line-up or
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Rebirth of TV recording
Pros: 26 hrs of recording on xp mode; 52 hrs on SP; 213 hrs on EP. Easy to set up (I did ignore the TV Guide stuff) Easy to manually record (programming and one-touch) Simple editing. Easy to keep recordings on HDD Fast transfer rate to DVD-R
Cons: Manual only explains how to operate a feature, not why you would want to, or a brief overview of what that feature is.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
A good all-around recorder that still thinks it's a VCR
Pros: Huge capacity, excellent recording quality, ease of use and a lack of monthly fees make this product a winner in the dual-use category. If you're looking for a competitor to TiVO, this is probably not your best bet, but if you want to be able to store a
Cons: There is a definite learning curve and it's helpful to keep the manual handy for a few weeks. The main problem is that it's designed to function more as a VCR than a DVR, sacrificing a lot of the functionality of dedicated DVR's such as TiVO. Recording
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
This unit is not for amateurs. Although better than a VCR, it's a LOT more complicated!
by GeorgePet on April 19, 2005
Pros: Excellent video quality and nice editing features.
Cons: Required frequent hard resets and is currently being serviced after only 6 weeks in play.
Summary: Despite the fact that the unit is now being serviced, a rating of 7 was given because it works well (when it works). Panasonic should have left the TV Guide ...
Summary: Despite the fact that the unit is now being serviced, a rating of 7 was given because it works well (when it works). Panasonic should have left the TV Guide feature out. It is annoying to setup and use. The IR Blaster device works well and that's really all you need. It will take a novice a few weeks to understand all of the features - especially editing. The manual could have been a LOT better, but seems to cover everything - albeit haphazardly.
My problems progressed from random failures of the Navigator, Functions and TV Guide screens to appear (requiring hard resets) to complete unrecoverable system failure. I believe Panasonic had the right ideas but failed to extensively test this unit as it appears others are having the same problems.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Overly complicated and perversely unreliable
by writing1 on February 14, 2006
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Summary: You sit down with that special someone to watch the TV show you've set this expensive thing to record and guess what? Not only has your show gone unrecorded, ...
Summary: You sit down with that special someone to watch the TV show you've set this expensive thing to record and guess what? Not only has your show gone unrecorded, but you've lost some or all of the shows it had recorded earlier or you can't get into the TV guide and have to set up the machine all over again -- as I've had to do half a dozen times. Two paid visits by a propeller head have not put an end to the random failures (also reported by another user).
Compounding those problems are the dense, unhelpful manual and the remote with its tiny, crowded, obscurely colored keys.
Today I bought a TiVo.
An Amazing Machine
by Steenfott on March 1, 2005
Pros: Tivo like system, editing capabilities, and easy to use.
Cons: Manual could use some work and editing capabilities could be improved a bit.
Summary: What an amazing machine. I bought this just to transfer some home movies to DVD. Having the 120GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is great to store hours of TV programing ...
Summary: What an amazing machine. I bought this just to transfer some home movies to DVD. Having the 120GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is great to store hours of TV programing thats on to late. Not to menchin its a wounderful place to edit out some of those "user errors" while running the camcorder. When recording from the camcorder to the HDD or DVD its as simple as pressing a button. All and all, once you figure the basics out, its a really easy operation. For me personally, I wish this came in black. Oh-well.
Best alternative to a Tivo box
Pros: Large HD, medium cost, functional. Much better than a VCR. Nice to record programs on DVD-R to take to another DVD player or to your computer to watch on the plane.
Cons: The EPG is something to be desired. I was happy to get a full 8 days of program guide (took 7 days to get once I plugged it in). Then in my second week some days do not update and get passed up. I was not sure if Tivo service would be around in one year a
You gotta get one of these!
Pros: I will keep it short, this unit is a keeper. I have had it 60 days and use it constantly. Great quality of picture. Easy to use but you will need the reference manual. I prefer the TV Guide to Tivo and it actually works pretty well. I could not be more
Cons: Very few. TV guide takes a day or so to load and if you use it constantly the guide will expire until the unit is off for 24 hours. First unit was defective, returned it and no problem since. Would prefer DVD-RW because of its universal applications bu
Replete with features (if you survive the setup process)
Pros: Large 120Gb drive, so you can record your favorite show week after week without disk changes (if you're out walking the Appalachian Trail for three months). Controls the cable box using an "IR Blaster" that has to be positioned in front of the IR receive
Cons: However... If you run the setup program (and stick religiously to the procedure), and you aren't fortunate enough to have one of the built in Line-Ups (which had me surprised, since I'm in Atlanta -- not exactly in the boonies), then watch out... you're i
- Manufacturer: Panasonic
- Part number: DMR-E85HS
- Description: Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. PRODUCT FEATURES: Playback of DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio (2 channel), MP3, CD, CD-R/RW; Progressive Scan for Plasma Displays/LCD TVs/LCD Projectors with compatible inputs; Playlist Playback; New Direct Navigator; Auto Renewal and Relief-Recording; Advanced Hybrid VBR Technology for High Picture Quality.
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.9 in x 10.8 in x 3.1 in
- Weight 9.3 lbs
- TV tuner qty 1
- Audio D/A converter 24bit / 96kHz
- DVD media format PAL,
- DVD Additional Features Progressive scanning
- Media load type Tray
- Media type DVD-RAM,
- Video D/A converter 10bit / 54MHz
- Parental lock Yes
- Optical Digital Output Yes
- Output Mode Stereo
- Digital Audio Format Dolby Digital output,
DTS digital output
Digital Player (Recorder)
- Device Type None
- Digital Storage Media Hard disk drive
- High Speed Dubbing Yes
- Program Guide Features Timer Programming
- Connector Type 1 x Composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ) - Front,
1 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN ) - Front,
1 x RF input - Rear,
1 x RF output - Rear,
1 x SPDIF output - Rear
- Type Universal remote control
- Technology Infrared
- Cables Included Video / audio cable,
Clock & Alarm
- Clock Yes (digital)
- Timer Sleep,