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iLO DVDR05 Personal DVD Recorder

by ILO
27 customer reviews

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  • Disc record: DVD+R, DVD+RW,
  • Disc playback: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CDDA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
  • Multiple recording modes: HQ, SP, LP, EP, SLP, SEP
  • Up to 8 hours recording on one DVD+R/RW disc
  • On-screen disc title navigator gives you quick, easy access to your recordings
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: ILO
  • Audio Output Mode: AC-3 (Dolby Digital)
  • DVD Media Load Type: Tray

Product Description

The new iLO DVDR05 Personal DVD Recorder lets you record to inexpensive and reliable DVD+R/RW discs from the built-in TV Tuner or any video source! Choose from Super High-Quality mode or additional modes for continuous recording on a DVD+R/RW disc. Connect your VCR and transfer your VHS movies to DVD discs and share with family and friends. Do you have a camcorder? You can also connect your camcorder directly to the DVD recorder's DV connector, IEEE 1394, and put your home movies onto DVD discs to share with family and friends.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B000C5MFZ6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,496 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at November 10, 2005

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brent Smith on March 1, 2006
. . . when they "designed" this piece of garbage. I tried my dead-level best for a solid MONTH to like this machine. The happiest day for me was two nights ago when I discovered that I still had the receipt, and could take this worthless thing back to the store!

The first problem I encountered was the DVD brand issue. I had gotten a really good deal on a certain brand of DVD+R discs, and was going to use them with this unit. Unfortunately, the recorder didn't like the DVDs (well, it would work with I think two of them, but not the rest). "What brand of blank DVD+R did you try?" you ask. The brand name was (drum roll, please) ILO. Hello? The ILO DVD recorder won't work with ILO DVD+R discs?

Well, then I discovered that the TV tuner had a high-pitched tone whenever I tried to watch a TV signal from the coaxial cable connector on the back of the machine. To solve this problem and the problem with the unit not wanting to take my discs, I did my online research and downloaded the firmware upgrade. Yes, not having the proper CD burning software was a problem, but I solved it.

The firmware upgrade did NOTHING!!! The discs were still unusable and the unit still whistled at me (and I'm really not all that nice-looking).

The very first time I tried to record, I used the timer and one of the discs that would work. I had formatted the disc and set the timer to tape something I was going to have to miss. When time came for recording to begin, the recorder ejected the disc and gave my wife the message that a more acceptable disc needed to be inserted. I missed the first 20 minutes of what I wanted to record.

The last straw was two nights ago when I tried to record the final episode of M*A*S*H.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Devin de Gruyl on November 11, 2005
I just bought this yesterday at Wally World. It replaced a Liteon 5101 piece of [censored] that worked when I first got it, but gradually stopped recognizing even the "starter" DVD+RW that came with the unit! For $98, I decided it was worth the risk.

So far I've been satisfied with the unit - it records and plays back on media the Liteon simply found unacceptable. My main reason for owning a DVD recorder is to be able to move old TV programs recorded 25-30 years ago (or so) onto a more durable medium; the iLo seems a bit more tolerant of video quality than the Liteon, which would too often stop altogether on a jumpy signal. Unfortunately, I've noticed a tendency for the video to lag behind the audio when I record, which is unacceptable to me.

One nice feature, which is unadvertised on the box or manual - this unit will play back DivX-encoded video files, just like the Philips DVP642. In fact, its DivX playback is much nicer than the Philips, being rather more forgiving of badly-encoded files and allowing you to search freely through the file (the Philips generally won't let you reverse).

On the complete other hand, the remote control is one of the worst I've ever seen, and I've seen many. About the size of a giveaway pocket calculator, the buttons are not arranged intuitively and cannot be seen in the dark. Worse, its tiny size is very uncomfortable to use for those with larger than child-size fingers. The range of the unit is also suspect.

Editing features are a mixture of good and bad. On the good side, it allows for editing of commercials and such after recording, something most recorders on the low end of the price range don't let you do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2005
I just bought this unit last night at Wally World. I brought it home and in no time had it hooked up and was watching a movie with all the clarity as the $600 unit I have in the family room! Afterwards, I decided I wanted to see how the recording feature was. I hooked up my digital camcorder and it recorded effortlessly. The menu is very easy to navigate and even gives on-screen directions so well that I didn't have to refer to the manual. I used Sony's DVDR+ brand and like I said, it worked great... I've already got my Christmas videos preserved!

I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 only because I agree that the remote is too small and hard to read, but other than that, it is well worth the money.

Update: July 17, 2006 - still working great... no problems.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bryon Gaskin on January 21, 2006
Since most of the other reviews are pretty bad, I will keep this short and to the point.


Price. Under $100.00


Remote is confusing.

The layout of menu system is confusing.

If you are wanting to record from TV, every time you burn a disk, take one out or do a manual record you have to go into the menu and chose the coax(TV) input because the machine resets to some default input like input 1; which for most setups is blue screen that has no video signal.

Overall: If you know what you are doing, have time to devote towards setting it up each and every time you want to record something, then for $100 you might be satisfied, or at least you won't feel 100% cheated. If---on the other hand, you are looking for something to replace your VCR for recording your favorite TV show on a regular basis or on the fly, you will be very disappointed. If you are not 100% tech savvy, then you will want to steer clear of this product.

Recommendation: Decide why you really want a DVR recorder. Do you think you are going to record DVDs with it? Because you won't! Do you want it to record your favorite shows? It might be ok. The reason I purchased a DVR was to record shows to play on portable DVD player when I travel. I have a good understanding of electronics so I can wade through the confusing menu system. If you have more money than tech savvy, spend the extra money for a name brand system.

Note: If you are going to use this product to replace your VCR, then you are probably thinking of using DVD RW discs. Most, but not all modern DVD players will play DVD R, but only a select few will play DVR RW so beware.

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