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This review is from: Toshiba DVR620 DVD/VHS Recorder (Black) (Discontinued) (Electronics)
I need a recorder to do several things. I want to dub old VHS tapes of the family and edit out the parts that the person doing the taping screwed up. I want to record movies or shows from my Dish DVR and edit out commercials and finally I want to record movies from my Dish DVR that are commercial free.
This is the 3rd recorder I have owned in about 4 years. The quality of all recorders are suspect. My first one was a Go.Video VR3845 which was exceptional. It did all that a person could want. However after about 2 years the DVD drive unit went bad. It cannot be repaired since Go.Video is out of business and there seem to be no parts that I can find to fix it.
My next recorder was a JVC DR-MV100B. I thought this one would be great, but in trying to record to a disc from a TiVo or Dish DVR, you cannot pause the recording to edit out commercials. For recording a movie with no commericals such as one recorded from TCM or Fox, it is great. The Go.Video recorder would allow you to edit commercials using the pause button. In less than a year the DVD drive unit in the JVC went bad. While it was with JVC being replaced, I purchased the Toshiba DVR620 Recorder.
The great thing about the Toshiba is that you can pause to edit out commercials when recording a disc from a program that you have TiVoed. However, on the negative side, if you dubbing a disc from a VHS tape, you can't pause the recording to edit out unwanted items on the tape i.e. commercials or other screw ups that you don't want on the disc. This is really strange because with the Go.Video recorder AND the JVC recorder, when dubbing, you can pause to edit. With the JVC recorder, while dubbing and you press the pause button, you can fast forward, rewind or advance frame by frame either backwards or forward the VHS tape to get to the next spot where you want to resume recording. This is great for old tapes that I have of football games that currently have commericals during the game. With the JVC I can now record the game on disc commercial free. YOU CANNOT DO THIS WITH THE TOSHIBA DVR620.
So now when dubbing I use the JVC recorder. When I want to edit out commercials on something I have TiVoed, I use the Toshiba. Why couldn't they put it all in one package like Go.Video did?
The other negative thing about Toshiba is trying to put titles on the recordings. It seems that tying to put a title on a disc is like text messaging. For those of you who use text messaging, it might be easy. For people like me who don't text, it is really a pain and very time consumming. Both Go.Video and JVC use a common screen that displays the alphabet. You choose a letter and proceed. With the Toshiba, you use your number keys to choose a letter, then have to arrow forward one space and choose the next letter. Totally unacceptable and time consuming.
The last thing is the manual. It seems that all product manuals are created by the engineers that build the product. What needs to happen is that manuals should be written by a consumer who knows nothing about the product. Then it would be understandable. However, it is just not Toshiba that has a poorly written manual.
For the ability of Toshiba to record and allow the editing of commericals, I give it 5 stars. For the inability of being able to pause when dubbing from a VHS tape, I give it zero starts. If it could do both, it would be a 4 or 4 1/2 star unit.