Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pause before You Buy That DVD Player; Technology

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pause before You Buy That DVD Player; Technology

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WITH the days of the VHS tape well and truly over, choosing how to record and watch TV can be a minefield.

This week the experts from Stuff magazine choose the 10 best ways to ensure you never miss an episode of EastEnders.

There are two main types of recorder: DVD and hard drive.

While DVD recorders are easy to use, the cost of discs will soon add up, so for your regular soap fix a hard-drive recorder may be the best option - they can also record entire series.

While Sky+ is the benchmark, its Freeview rivals are slowly catching up, but bear in mind you'll probably need to buy a new TV ariel to get the best from your recorder.

SONY RDR-HX510S [pounds sterling]290

The replacement for Sony's GXD500 is a belter. The first home cinema separate to sport duallayer recording, delivering twice the capacity of its single-layer competitors, the 510S is a winner.

There is an 80GB hard drive for additional storage and features include chasing playback, progressive scan and Sony's impressive D-Matrix Noise Reduction System. Killer feature: enough capacity to last a Methuselah-style lifetime.

PHILIPS DVDR3305 [pounds sterling]125

Let your credit card breathe easier with this budget DVD recorder from Philips.

The Dutch giant has finally seen the light by making it compatible with its DVD+R/+RW disc format and its R/-RW nemesis.

There's no hard drive but at this price we won't kick up a fuss.

PANASONIC DMR-EH50 [pounds sterling]230

Panasonic's experience in this market is evident in the EH50, which has excellent recording quality, legible menus and a great build. An SD and PC card slot has been added to the mix and DVDRAM discs offer extended editing and time-shifting options.

TOSHIBA RD-XS34 [pounds sterling]340

Toshiba's latest comes with a capacious 160GB hard drive to store myriad content before offloading the lot onto an unsuspecting DVD-R. …

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