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Panasonic DMR-EX85

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Panasonic DMR-EX85. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Views about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and image quality also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Panasonic DMR-EX85 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : staff (

Panasonic DMR-EX85 review


It's hard to find the true diamonds. Until now that is

Picture performance ; digital tuner ; SD card slot ; video upscaling

Only one tuner ; no DivX compatibility

It's got the depth to go with its drop-dead gorgeous looks. Outstanding

Mar, 2008

Expert review by : Ian Calcutt (

Panasonic DMR-EX85EB


Panasonic has a good reputation with its 'Diga' recorder range and the 2006 line-up goes further. In addition to the Freeview tuner and an ample 250GB hard disk drive, there's an HDMI digital output along with upscaling to 720p or 1080i HDTV-style...

HDMI output with HD upscaling; multi-format DVD recording; easy to use; very good AV quality

No EPG or editing and dubbing of other programmes while recording; no set-top box control

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Ben Russell (

Panasonic DMR-EX85


Convergent technology is the way of the future, as more and more features previously performed by multiple devices, are being packed into a single uni...

Excellent functionality, packed with features, fantastic value

No time shift buffer, single tuner only, no HD reception

More manufacturers should be following Panasonic's example with the DMR-EX85. A truly outstanding product, the omission of a time shift buffer is the only feature preventing this unit from being a near-perfect purchase.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Richard Arrowsmith (

Panasonic DMR-EX85


Panasonic's DMR-EX85 is crammed with more recording and playback features than you can imagine, including an enormous 250GB hard drive, universal disc compatibility and integrated video scaling.

250GB storage space ; Universal disc compatibility ; Upscaling video ; User-friendly functionality ; Excellent recording and playback performance

Comparatively pricey ; Poor analogue tuner

DVD playback performance is just as impressive -- especially if you're using HDMI. Although upscaled images can't claim true high-definition quality, you'll get noticeably more detail, depth and motion control from your existing DVD collection without...

Nov, 2006

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


Excellent all rounder

Apr, 2007

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


We don't know what we would do without it now! We have an older TV but good extra speakers which feed from the DVD box. As we love opera we really appreciate the great sound quality. It pays to get the best. My favorite Xmas present ever.

Apr, 2007

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


Great DVD quality with the HD scale up facility. Easy to record and edit out adverts. Easy to use and set up.

Apr, 2007

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


Ease of use for recording

would like to see model with two programme recording facility

Apr, 2007

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


Sleek look. Easy to use programming and hard drive interface. Good HD and DVD editing functions. No need to turn machine off, and can access HD when timer recording is on (major quibble with other machines I've had)

No eject button for DVD on remote control (have to do this on machine itself). Pressing record button repeatedly to increase recording time doesn't work on remote (can do this on the machine itself). Not compatible with divx.

Apr, 2007

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Panasonic DMR-EX85


Easy to operate, easy to setup, does what it says it will do. Loads of disk space and records beautiful clear pictures. Would thoroughly recommend this HDR.

A bit pricey but you pay for the best.

Apr, 2007

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