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Samsung DVD-SH897 HDD Recorder - Black

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 43 x 30 cm ; 358 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: DVD-SH897M/XEU
  • ASIN: B001V9KQNK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Mar 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 1.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,992 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

You can record up to approximately 534 hours of video (in EP 8 hours mode) on the internal 320 GB (gigabyte) hard disk (HDD). With both recordable DVD and a high-capacity HDD in the same recorder, you have the flexibility to keep recordings on the HDD for quick access anytime, or record to DVD for archiving or playing on other DVD players.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve_e on 30 Nov 2009
I was really disappointed in this product - the specs are good but the usability is appalling. Everything from the virtual invisibility of the front display to the navigation of the various options is hideous. I bought it because I was buying a Samsung TV and thought the 'anynet' feature, which allows you to use the same remote to operate both devices, sounded good. (BTW, this was the second Samsung TV I've bought and I have no complaints about them!). A selection (by no means exhaustive) of the problems I have with the SH897 follows:

* The Userguide is completely rubbish
* The 'guide' (channel listings) moves up and down one line at a time - slowly. So you may as well just use the channel up and down buttons to find a program.
* Once you've recorded a program there is no information as to what it is. Just a text list of program items.
* The guide refreshes so slowly that frequently half the channel information isn't available
* Programs regularly don't record at all.

It just seems like a half finished piece of logic. As someone else said - they make good TVs, but if this is a standard example of their HDD recorders they need to go back to the drawing board!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Bentley on 4 Jan 2010
Why is it not possible to rate with a negative number, I would like to propose minus 5 stars for this product, however the minimum allowable is just 1.
I was shocked with the lack of quality of this product, I made an assumption things like hard drive recorder / DVD's are all the same. WRONG. I was attracted to the smooth lines of the design and the touch style user interface (I never saw it powered up before I bought it). The front display is literally impossible to see from more than 30cm away so whats the point, and secondly it tells you virtually nothing such as what channel you might be recording!
The on-screen software such as the TV programming guide, is really boxy, slow to load and clumsy to use (like 1970's layout, programmed by a 12 year old or something), its actually embarrassing. For example if you record a show, the editing functions impossible to follow and forget trying to refer to the instruction manual which is the worst I've ever seen (and its printed in light-grey colour, its barely legible and there are no examples to follow).

- The User-guide is poor in English grammar, faintly printed but worse than that not informative other than for the most basic of requirements
- Once you've recorded a program, the on screen display doesn't automatically name the program recorded (you have to do this manually which is boring and time consuming)
- The TV day guide refreshes slowly, a bit like old fashioned teletext pages
- The handset layout makes it very easy to press the wrong button e.g. fast forward and skip to next program (REALLY ANNOYING)
- DVD played is incredibly noisy, you have to increase the TV volume to overcome it!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David A. Nash VINE VOICE on 13 Dec 2009
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Totally Given up! In at Samsung Approved Service Centre to be fixed.
Awaiting Samsung to authorise Warranty Repair (Was purchased 17th September 2009 so shouldn't be an issue)
I have a credit card statement to prove it coming in the post.
Unit was only made in June 2009!!!

I'm not sure if it's a fault with the Firmware or what but this thing keeps loosing it's channels.
Was a little confusing to use I have used easier systems.
Beware non-tech literate.
I work in IT and found the instructions not the easiest to follow.

The picture quality isn't the best either. My Digital Telly gets a far better picture than the HDD Recorder.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jeppo on 27 Sep 2009
Like the previous reviewer I was shocked to discover how noisey this machine was. I had everything set up ready to go - great picture from the freeview, no problems recording to the hard drive, everything was looking good. Then I decided to watch a DVD. Disaster! The DVD player gives off a high-pitched whining noise. Turning up the TV couldn't drown out the noise, it was so off-putting. It's hard to believe how anyone could let this pass quality control.

I sent it straight back. I've replaced it with a much quieter Sony model. Problem solved!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LARN on 18 Oct 2009
Had to return this as the item was faulty and the front panel did not light up and display what it was doing eg recording. Also if you want to watch a recording whilst recording something else then don't bother with this product - as when recording it does nothing else. I wanted it for my bedroom to record programs to watch upstairs which had been on earlier. If wanting to watch an earlier program whilst recording a current program - it was not possible. Depends what your preference or requirements are.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Geary on 2 April 2010
DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT!
I've had to return the DVD-SH897M as it fails to work appropriately - the faults appear to be there by design and make it completely unfit for purpose!
The unit is supposed to show Freeview (it does this very well), BUT I was unable to persuade it to record or playback properly despite several hours reading the manual/trying.
The GUIDE takes over a second to scroll each line - so trying to look down the currently-playing TV programs is excrutiating!
The INFO button should tell you about the program (Dr Who meets the Daleks etc) but tells you irrelevant info about the signal etc.
No idea about the DVD/USB etc features because the basics of the unit fail so miserably.

No external packaging other than the manufacturers box.
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