Samsung DVD-SH897 PVR reviews: HDR with HDMI

45 customer reviews

+ This digital TV recorder has no outstanding positive points. - It scores very poorly on ease of use.

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6.7 out of 10 based on 45 reviews.
Also known as: Samsung DVD-SH897 HDD, Samsung DVD-SH897 HDR See full product description

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JULIE, ISLE OF MAN Technophobe

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
It take a while for the DVD player to 'load' even though there is no DVD in the player when switching on.
The recorded list does not display the titles of the programmes you have recorded.
Even though I have deleted from the HDD you still have to check the library and delete from the library also.
The Guide button is in an obsecure place not easy to find.
The DVD remote control is that well designed at all.
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 6.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 5.0
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2010

Sa,

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Does do what it claims and is not easy to get to the different sections
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 7.0
Sound quality 7.0
Design 5.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Mar 2011

Albert , Wetherby Bargain hunter

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
plenty of memory
Bad points:
clock display too small and too dim
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 6.0
Sound quality 5.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 7.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Sep 2010

Tony, Norwich Disappointed buyer

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
The apparent good points have proved disappointing in use. I bought this machine as it was a Samsung and should have been fully compatible with my Samsung TV. It is difficult to configure properly.
Also I was hoping to be able to freely interchange the use of the TV or recorder remote control handsets, which appear to have all the same buttons, but in practice do not work with both, making many of the good features of the TV unavailable. This is a pity as I have been very pleased with my Samsung 46" LED TV
Bad points:
The recorders TV guide menu is completely different from the one on the TV and cannot be paged through only accessed line by line. The full program information is unavailable once TV is being accessed via the recorder. Also the tuner in the recorder is very slow to start. I suspect the two are of different ERA's and have been cobbled together. I would have expected better in 2011.
Overall rating 4.0
Ease of use 1.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 1.0
Value for money 5.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 25 Jan 2011

Guido , Chester normal everyday user

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
good memeory, sleek design
Bad points:
not easy to use, some function are not good at all
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 2.0
Image quality 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 25 Feb 2011

Matt, Wirral Bargain hunter

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
There's a few bad reviews about this product - most complaining how difficult it is to use. Bearing in mind it took me 3 hours to get my Wii going, this took about five minutes. The guide is extremely slow but I juist use my TVs guide instead so it is no bother. Took a while to work out how to do timer record, but my mistake was not turning the unit off after setting, it's the very last bullet point on the instructions and who gets that far. Only other complaint is the limit of 12 timer settings, so a series record virtually wipes all these out. Apart from that everything is great.
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jan 2011

paul, maidenhead

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Quick and relatively easy to set up even for the inexperienced
Good value for money
Bad points:
User guide could be clearer
Help line number for Samsung quoted in one of the inserts is incorrect
If recording from the tv guide I havent worked out how to extend recording by a couple of minutes past the scheduled end time (apart from a manual timer record) to avoid underrunning
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Jan 2011

Product Features

Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview
Connections USB
Connections HDMI
Extra functions Electronic Program Guide
Number of scart ports 2
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 320
Upscaling Yes
Release date 2009-03-19
Height in mm 5.5
Depth in mm 30.0

Also known as: Samsung DVDSH897, DVD-SH897, Samsung DVDSH897M

 

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