Top positive review
Worth the money? Definitely.
3 August 2016
I bought the Panasonic DMR-BWT740EB as a stablemate for the excellent DMR-BWT800 which I've owned for the last five years.The 800 has proved to be an excellent machine, recording hundreds of blu ray discs and thousands of tv programmes on the hard drive and sporting a wealth of connections on the rear but it had a few little gremlins in the DLNA networking department which I never managed to sort but hoped would be ironed out in the 740. Thankfully everything works flawlessly on this new machine and I'm extremely pleased with its performance especially the fact it plays all my recordings transferred to blu ray disc in DR mode (stupid me!) which are supposedly only playable on the original recorder.
My original intention was to buy the DMR-BWT850 but the lack of rear connections on their latest flagship model swayed me to buy the 740 instead.The fact it's considerably cheaper while boasting nearly all the same features is yet another bonus.
If I had to nitpick, just for the sake of it, I would say it's definitely not as expensive-looking as the old 800 but when that model hit the shops it was considerably more expensive so I suppose that's only to be expected. I also noticed the HD Freeview channels are not quite as pin sharp as they are with my old unit using the exact same setup, ie tv, aerial, cables etc but they're still very good, just not exceptional like I found the 800 broadcasts to be. I would recommend the 740 to anyone for its versatility and ease of use and if it's built as well as its older sibling, it should give years of trouble-free use.
An astounding machine capable of truly breathtaking recordings with all the functions I'll ever need but I only gave it four stars because like all its predecessors, it still has certain limitations whilst recording two programmes simultaneously which I feel should have been addressed by now.