Panasonic DMR-HWT130EB 500GB PVR reviews: HDR with HDMI

45 customer reviews

+ This digital TV recorder scores very high on recording quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

£170 – £200 at 2 retailers out of 380 retailers checked

8.4 out of 10 based on 45 reviews.
Also known as: Panasonic DMR-HWT130EB 500GB HDD, Panasonic DMR-HWT130EB 500GB HDR See full product description

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Score 6.0/10
Good points:
HD is great quality
Bad points:
Dont like that when you are recording you cannot pause. Plus only record 1 and watch 1
Overall rating 6.0
Value for money 6.0
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7 of 12 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Jan 2014

Charles, Stratford on Avon

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Does individual or series recordings in normal or HD TV.
Silent & compact.
You can view a programmme whilst recording 2 others on a Freeview TV by buying a cheap two into one aerial coax adaptor.
You can use a code to make the recorder remote control your TV too
Bad points:
If you have arranged to record 2 programmes one after the other on 2 different channels whilst watching a 3rd channel, your viewing will be interrupted during the changeover period.
Surely over 50 buttons are too many on a remote
Overall rating 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Dec 2013

Helen, Birmingham

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
None, tried two and neither would work.
Bad points:
Only found about a dozen channels and half of them didn't work. The Freeview works perfectly well on the Panasonic Viera tv that it was paired with, so no satisfactory reason why it just didn't work.
Money refunded.
Overall rating 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 21 Apr 2015

Barry, Cornwall

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Compact and easy to set up and use
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Oct 2013

Derek, Stockton on Tees Retired MSc Eng

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Small, requires no prior knowledge to use other than that to connect and disconnect any device from a USB.
Bad points:
Instructions are on disc
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 12 Dec 2013

D, Devizes

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
very easy to use and set up
Bad points:
hdmi cable connection to tv only
Overall rating 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Jan 2014


Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Records 2 programmes at the same time. Adjusts timer of previous programme runs long. Can copy files to external HDD. Easy to use Navi. Pin code for accessing adult progs. Can be connected via cable to internet if remote recording is required. Easy to setup (buy an hdmi cable). Great price.
Bad points:
Actually, don't think there are any!
Overall rating 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 Jan 2015

Product Features

Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Connections USB
Connections Ethernet
Connections HDMI
Connections SD Card
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 500
Width in mm 30.0
Height in mm 5.2
Depth in mm 17.9
Weight (kg) 1.2

Also known as: Panasonic DMR-HWT130EB, Panasonic DMRHWT130EBK 500GB, Panasonic DMR-HWT130 Smart 500GB, Panasonic DMR HWT130EB


Manufacturer's Description

The Panasonic DMR-HWT130 puts HD TV and apps all in one place. Recording is made easy with the user-friendly programme guide, while twin Freeview HD tuners help you to avoid annoying timetable clashes. Thanks to DLNA, it’s also possible to stream media straight from devices on your home network.

Key benefits:
Because the recorder is equipped with two HD digital tuners, two different TV programmes can be recorded simultaneously.

By registering at new Panasonic Remote Recording Service, you can navigate and search on the EPG and set timer-recording of TV programme using a smartphone or tablet. Using this service while watching TV, you can set a different programme for recording without interrupting the one you’re watching.

With up to 129 hours of HD recording there’s space for dozens of episodes and movies.

Faster operation and start-up times. The EPG displays, Direct Navigator appears, and the tray opens quickly after pressing the button. This is the fastest DIGA operation ever.

The DMR-HWT130 is equipped with DLNA so recorded programmes and AVCHD and JPEG data archived on the 500GB HDD can be enjoyed in a separate room. FLAC, WMV, AVCHD, JPEG, and MP3s can also be played from a computer.

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