I ordered this VCR because my exact old one that worked for 15 years stopped working. My old remote still worked so I did not used the one that came with the unit. It is great for quick recording of programming that you miss because of other commitments. The VCR is great for programs that you may not need to keep. This unit works fine and is so easy to set up. It is easy to do without the manual. For my purpose I would rate it at least a 4. I hope this unit will last 15 more years too.