It works well.
I'm sometimes am leery of buying "combos" because when one part goes down, so do both. But as I needed a new VHS machine, I gave it a try. And I wanted to transfer important home-made videos to DVD. I haven't done much of that yet, but, so far, so good. Choosing a combo did away with the need for another cable, so space available was an issue for me, as well.
I still keep the instructions nearby.
The steps appear on the TV screen. My instruction book is excellent. In order that the DVD will play on someone else's TV, the DVD must be "finalized". (It tells you how.)
A huge caution ----- different machines can use different DVDs --- DVD-ROM, DVD+R, DVD-R, etc. So be sure to buy the proper ones.
Mine has a timer and a quick record, just like a VHS recorder. The machine is amazingly small and thin.
Of course, I consulted Consumer Reports. Mine was in the mid-range. I chose it because it is the same brand as my TV. Just me.
Mine can accept a camcorder, which was another selling point for me.
I cannot say that I can set up the recording as quickly as I did on the VHS recorder, but that will come with familiarity.
I called the tech support once early on with a stupid old lady question, and the fellow was patient in providing the answer.
Hope this helps.
BTW, the book tells how much time is on a VHS as to in which mode it was recorded. Also, when formating the disk is necessary or not.
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