Taking a closer look at the recorder itself, the unit has a similar look and feel of typical audio/video equipment.The recorder has a nice grey exterior finish and has padded feet.The front panel has the standard power/eject button on the left side.
The right side of the front panel has more useful buttons, including the source, record, play, stop, and fast-forward buttons.There is also a hidden panel on the front that opens to reveal ports for a video input source and an av link that is common on many camcorders.This is a very handy feature if you�re looking to covert your camcorder videos into DVDs; simply plug them in the front and hit record.
The rear of the recorder has ports for RF input/output, component video output, and another A/V input/output port.Sorry, no DVI/HDMI output.The recorder also has a port for a power cable and small fan to cool the electronics.
Using the DVD recorder is very much similar to your standard VCR, with the exception of a couple of DVD-unique features that make this recorder even more useful than that older product.There is a setup menu that enables you to configure the basic settings such as time, auto-sleep, and video output.There is also a menu called �easy-guide� which lets you decide if you want to play, record, set up an auto-record, or perform disc maintenance.Another nice feature of this recorder is the use of VCR-plus codes to let you program the recording of a TV show by simply entering its specific code.
As you record programs, the recorder creates separate DVD chapters, which is great for navigating through the DVD.Each DVD records about 2 hours on the highest quality setting.If you use a DVD-RW or DVD+RW media, you obviously can rewrite over the media, much as you would a regular VHS tape.Overall, I found the recording features to be as easy to use as a VCR and with much more features.Clearly this is a better way to go over a VCR.
The DVD recorder is also a capable player as well, with many formats being supported.The recorder also plays back DIVX and mp3 files, which increases its versatility.
The Lite-On DVD Recorder, offered by Geeks.com, is a versatile product that makes creating DVDs a breeze and can easily be a replacement for the aging VCR player for recording TV shows or transferring camcorder videos into DVDs.The recorder is very easy to set up and use, and its DVD creation abilities make creating DVDs easier than ever.Its ability to play a wide range of video formats makes it a great player as well, and at ~$65 USD, it�s a good value as well.
+ Good value and functionality
+ Easy to use and set up
+ Automatically creates DVD chapters for separate recordings
+ Supports wide variety of playback formats
- No DVI/HDMI output
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