Date: September 16th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Gateway
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Although I could probably completely fill 20 or so pages
with details on all the features contained within this recorder, I will
boiling the list down considerably to what I found will be interesting
to the reader and potential buyer.
The left side of the front panel houses the DVD tray and
the unit's power button. The tray mechanism is very quick to open and
the movement is smooth and consistent.
The right side of the front bezel is the unit based controls
along with the front A/V inputs. Everything is extremely simple and
kept to an absolute minimum for less confusion. Let's be honest though,
with a remote handy, there is no real need to use them anyway unless
you run out of battery power and you are in a bind.
The front A/V inputs consist of a direct DV connection
along with the standard composite inputs. Now at first I thought, front
DV connection, why do I need that? Then it dawned on me. What the direct
DV connection allows you to do is digitally record your DV camcorder
movies directly to DVD without the hassle of worrying about importing
them to you computer. That's it, plug the camcorder in, record the movies
directly to DVD and you are done. This is a fantastic feature that had
me recording my home movies faster than I could have ever dreamed of
when using a computer. Absolutely FANTASTIC feature.
The front display is your standard LED display that illuminates
the media you are using, the channel you are on, the time etc. much
like any other VCR or DVD player on the market.
The rear connections are extremely simple to use install
The built in TV NTSC RF modulator allows you to directly
patch your cable TV through along with allowing you to coaxially connect
an older mono VCR for older video recording to DVD.
The AV In portion is comprised of a S-Video and full composite
set of A/V connections for patching in other sources like that old laser
disc player taking up so much room in you home theater center.
The AV Out is made up a full set of component video outputs
for your HDTV, a standard composite set of A/V outputs along with a
S-Video and composite/optical digital audio outputs.
Very straight forward and very easy to setup and install.
The included remote control is also just as easy to use
why recording DVDs, changing TV channels or scrolling through the on
screen menus. One thing I found as a fault it that some of the buttons
are quite small and a little too close together. Larger channel changing
buttons for example in the top left hand section of the remote are two
buttons that really need a size increase. Other than that, the buttons
are well labeled and respond very well. If you know how to use a standard
TV remote control, you won't have any trouble with this one.