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Toshiba's DVD recorder is basic, but functional

CNET reviews the Toshiba D-R410 DVD recorder, highlighting its low price and solid basic performance, but criticizing its dearth of features and lackluster recording quality compared with the Panasonic DMR-EA18K.

Let's face it, DVD recorders just aren't as useful as they used to be. DVRs are increasingly affordable, and your favorite TV show is likely to be available on DVD with pristine video quality, free of commercials, and onscreen ads. Still, sometimes there are moments you'd like to save yourself without paying for a DVD, like last night's amazing come-from-behind win by the U.S. men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay team. In those cases, a DVD recorder like the Toshiba D-R410 is handy to have around.

Our full take is in the review, but the short version is that the D-R410 functions perfectly well as a basic DVD recorder, but anyone who values video quality and extra features would be wise to step up to the Panasonic DMR-EA18K. The D-R410 lacks critical features such as an IR blaster, flexible recording speed, and DVD-RAM support, plus its image quality lagged being the DMR-EA18K in all of our tests. We were also disappointed to see that Toshiba removed DivX support, which was available on last year's model. On the other hand, the D-R410 is a little cheaper than the competition and many people may just want the absolute minimum DVD-recording capabilities, in which case the D-R410 is a good fit.

Review: Toshiba D-R410