DVD recorders: How to buy the best DVD recorder DVD recorder buying advice
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Things to consider when buying a DVD recorder
When you're shopping for the best DVD recorder, it’s a good idea to try it out before you buy. When testing a DVD recorder, make sure you consider the following elements:
The remote control is the main way that you’ll control a DVD recorder and finding one that is well laid-out, intuitive and comfortable is important for ease of use.
Electronic programme guide (EPG)
The EPG is a vital part of any digital recorder and its layout is crucial for how easy it is to use.
The speed at which you can navigate around the EPG, find the programme you want and select it for recording has a huge impact on how easy the machine is to use.
Disc loading times
Patience is a virtue when operating some DVD recorders. Compared with VCRs and PVRs, many are slow to load a disc and get recording, taking on average more than a minute to start recording on a new unformatted disc.
How to get the best bargain DVD recorder
DVD recorders can be bought on the high street or online. High street shopping obviously allows you to see (and possibly play with) your DVD recorder before parting with your cash. Sales staff will also be able to answer your queries. However, the keenest DVD recorder prices will be found online.
Use our DVD recorder price comparison feature to find the cheapest online price for DVD recorders.