Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 186
Rated 5 out of 5 by RiverratGR So far, so good
I've only had this a short time and only sparingly used it, it seems to work great. Picture and volume are great, machine is easy enough to operate. So far, so good so if it holds up thru time, we're completely happy with it.
Rated 4 out of 5 by NewDVD My son hasn't used it yet
I almost brought it back after my son tried to hook it up and use it. It doesn't have Cable in and Out jacks. I called Toshiba and they said I had to have a set-top-box in order for the DVD to work. I was really disappointed. I had to get a digital cable box from Comcast which is going to cost me $8.00 more a month on my bill. I know he has used it to play DVD movies he gets from Red Box. I assume he will be able to tape tv stories whenever he gets around to trying it.
Rated 1 out of 5 by frog22 This dvd recorder lasted 7 months.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 455gto A bit quirky, but does a good job
The only feature I don't like is: when you want to record in 1 hour mode it seems you have to use the timer, or stop the recording before it records over the one hour mark. Even if you tell it to record in XP (one hour) if you let it record over an hour it will auto adjust to a slower speed.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Techie33 Very good DVD Recorder
The Toshiba DR430 DVD recorder is an excellent product that is easy to use and operate. Many users that have problems with the Toshiba simply use imcompatible DVD's; the type for your computer will not work in a DVD recorder. Also remember that this unit does not have a turner so you can only record the channel that is selected on your cable box, Direct TV, ect.
1. Easy setup and use
2. Makes excellent recording at all speeds and can be set to "auto" to ensure the best recording
1. Remote is small and the buttons are not backlit
2. The remote is not universal
Overall this is an excellent unit for the price.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Billdvdrecorder1 RE: All DVD Recorders -Warranty
This is my 4 th machine in 5 yrs. 3 other brands failed after 1 yr m.o.l. one was a JVC $300. I record 2 hrs/wk avg. I suggest you buy the Walmart 3 yr + mfg warranty, it's only about $25 on any machine up to $149 price. I expect to get a repair or the purchase price back in that time frame. So my cost per yr will be around $37 yr. This Toshiba has only been in-svc for a month (Jan 2012), it's no better or worse than any of the others. So 3 stars because I don't know how long I'll get out of it. AH! but I have 3yr warranty. I never buy extended Warranty, but my experience w/recorders vs $25 says this is way to go.
Rated 4 out of 5 by SweetTea84 Very Minimal Complaints
My husband and I were looking for something simple to replace our dying VCR that would also be compatible with an older TV that doesn't have HDMI. We have satellite service and don't subscribe to DVR, so this was an excellent option for us. So far this recorder has served us well, and as long as you set it to a lower recording length (higher quality) just like you would a VCR, the picture is excellent. I really only have two complaints: for one, it's kind of noisy while recording, but not horribly distracting. And for two, we have to run it through both the old VCR and satellite box to use it, and we have to leave it on in order to be able to watch something on TV as it's shown. That wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that in order to get a timed program to start up, we have to turn off the recorder until it's time to start recording and it will turn itself on for that. This means that you can't just leave it on and have the timer set and know that it will start recording when it's time. Not sure why it has to be off in order to register the timer. This was kind of a surprise to us just because it seems unnecessary and the old way of recording on any machine has never seemed to necessitate that the unit be turned off in order to activate a timed recording. I mean, we can live with it to save the money on DVR, but it is a little bit of a nuisance. Overall though, if you're looking for something uncomplicated to just record your shows, this is a good recorder that's easy to figure out as long as you look at your manual, and I'm only moderately tech saavy...I figure most electronics out pretty quickly, but I'm not always completely informed about the most current technological advancements out there, if that gives you an idea of where I'm coming from saying it's easy.
Rated 1 out of 5 by Baldolguy Read the fine print, you need an "external receiver" to record a TV program, you can NOT record and use this like a VCR.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fireman1969 Great DVD recordercorder with the right features.
I had the DR410 an earlier model to this one and loved it. I use it to to record TV shows and movies that I have on my DVR. It's an obsession I started a long time ago with VHS tapes. I loan the DVDs I've recorded to my parents to get them interested in a TV series that I tell them to watch because I know they're interested but always forget the time, day, or channel. Inevitably they like the show but are clueless on the back-story so then I loan them DVDs that include the whole season from the 1st episode and in some cases the entire series that spans several seasons. The quality is very good and I really like the HDMI output and up-conversion the unit provides. My only complaint or wish is that it included a HDMI input.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Swivalee Best recorder I have purchased!!!!
This dvd recorder has many capabilities, The main one is to preserve Videos on VHS to DVD format with ease. Allowing you to record the title (pause) then the movie giving you digital image and keyed in title for reference. This unit so far out performs any other unit I have owned. Another feature which in and of itself is great. It has the ability to reformat previously recorded dvd's (from other units "unfinished" status) while saving any information that is on it already, so your old dvdr's may be used and any info on them retained, no longer lost forever. It has many nore features you'll love. reading the manual is worth it.
Rated 4 out of 5 by WWEFAN79 I bought this after getting my HD TV and I have to say I love it,the price was the best i saw anywhere for this product and it is so easy to use I would recommend this recorder to anyone
Rated 5 out of 5 by mrm32409 Very happy camper
I bought this as a replacement for my 6 year old Sunaii (nuff said!) which was constantly popping up "error-disc not recordable" messages despite using the recommended discs. Please use only discs recommended for this recorder, such as sony, jvc, verbatim, etc. DO NOT USE THE MEMOREX brand discs-you are just asking for problems. The player was very reasonably priced and looks good with my other electronics. The remote and menu are easy to use, and the recorder writes and finalizes very quickly. Discs take about 15 seconds to load but i believe this is normal with all dvd recorders. It came with a/v cords but my tv only accepts component and hdmi. I usually use hdmi anyway so no biggie there. My only real problem is with the recording mode timer lengths which are 1, 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours but you can always manually stop recording and finalize yourself. I am just lazy and always automatically finalize at the end of timer recording. I only burn one movie per disc just to ensure i get the best possible quality. Also, the 3-year warranty is only 17 dollars. Get it! I hope this helps.
Rated 4 out of 5 by reneob The DVD recorder has functioned well so far but it is somewhat complicated to use; e.g. playing back selected titles is not intuitive. Also, the only way I've found to overwrite previously recorded material is to reformat the disc.
Rated 4 out of 5 by cowboy1 very good product overall....
I am quite pleased with this recorder. Especially like that it uses both dvd-R and dvd+R discs. All my other recorders over the years have been just dvd-R, which is fine unless you buy the wrong product or are offered some free discs from a friend, which are the wrong format. Other thing I like it that it finalizes automatically when the disc is full! Only negative thing on this is the remote. The print on the remote is almost impossible to read. Looks washed out.
Overall, so far....I am very pleased.
Rated 1 out of 5 by KIKI8882258 I had to return this item. Apparently you have to have a tuner with this in order for you to record from your TV. I have yet to find one with a bulit in tuner...Funny thing is the current one I already have from 3 years ago does. Of course it's a different brand.
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrewNY Meets expectations
I've been using it with DVD -R media and it records TV programs easily and, at faster record speeds, the video quality is very good. The disc finalize process seems to go reasonably quickly. After discs are finalized they play on other DVD players and computers without difficulty. The instruction manual appears to be well-written and it does a good job of explaining how to connect and operate the DVD recorder.
This unit does have a slightly annoying problem. Each time I turn on the DVD recorder a message appears on the screen that says Unknown USB Device/File and to remove it. There is no device in the USB port so there's nothing to remove. The message goes away after about ten seconds and the unit works fine. I haven't tried using using the USB port to see if it works OK after that. I'm sure the warranty is a big hassle so I'm going to live with it.
Other than the USB problem, I've been happy with it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by ImhereN great little machine
At first I had my reservations but this little player/recorder has been wonderful. Its easy to program. The recordings are nice, crisp, clear and even low resolution recordings look better. It plays back old recordings from other units with no problem without the discs being 'finalized'. Its a great little machine and I will definately get another one.
Rated 5 out of 5 by SmoothieMaker Works like a charm without nno special setup
Great piece of equipment for this price. Took longer to get it out of the box than to start recording. The one button recording is easy. All other features are 2 or 3 clicks away.
Rated 3 out of 5 by VideoPerfection OK (But a bit dissapointing)
Does the job - Just.
This unit replaced an older Sony DVD recorder that bit the dust. It lacks some features that the (more advanced) Sony had:
>Adjustment of output levels
>Adjustment of input signals
>Ability to Title the DVD (not just the tracks).
On the other hand, this has pretty good up-conversion, which the Sony didn't.
To tell the truth, there are not many DVD recorders available these days, the only other one (a Magnavox) is a piece of junk (which I had returned to WalMart).
Rated 1 out of 5 by NitaCat If an RF coaxial cable had come with the product I would be able to use it. Can't find it anywhere - not even at Walmart. The RG cables everyone tries to sell me do not work.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Annsgirl Easy to use!
Purchasing the player/recorder was easy to do--it arrived the next day!! The product meets my expectations and is perfect for me!
Rated 2 out of 5 by Alleeoops dlisappointing
I had to unbox it to find out I needed an "external tuner" to operate it. In my case, it meant renting a cable setup box from my provider.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Popsr Quick records
I needed a recordable DVD, while on the road with my RV. Use a DVR at home, but on the road I use a combination of TV signals, cable at RV Parks, off the air antenna and Direct TV. Had to be able to connect to various sources, plus play DVD's.
For $129 it does it all, as long as you have a tuner.
Rated 5 out of 5 by kaldd Great recorder for price-1 step recording is great
great product at a great price-dvd recorder this one is replacing was an RCA brand and was very compicated to set to record and very unreliable(would stop recording mid movie). Have used the Toshiba multiple times and it truely is one step recording and records like it should. Very pleased with purchase
Rated 4 out of 5 by horseplayer I found this item at Best Buy for 139.00 . I decided to come home at look for it on the net. Found SAME DVD recorder at Walmart for less than 95.00 . Rec'd item quickly and it works as good as my expensive Sony DVD recorder that cost over 350.00 which broke after a few lightly used years.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cocoaangie Easy to use DVD Recorder
If you want a good basic way of burning DVDs from cable or VCR (haven't tried other DVDs yet), then this is for you!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bill8 Better than near $300 Units
This is my second Toshiba Recorder. My old is a D-R 410 Which I have now put in line with my new DR430. Both are excellent recorders. I bought the DR430 because my D-R410 is getting old and being in line I can put a DVD in my DR430 and copy it to a blank DVD-R I put in my D-R410. Great for making DVD Copies for family. I am extremely pleased with my DR430 and the RCA Jacks up front make it easy to copy from my wifes Camcorder direct to DVD's. I have see units that sell for close to $300 that are not near as good as the DR430. I rate it Excellent because that is what it is.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reginald1 Good DVD Recorder
The DVD Recorder has many features only available in more costly units and it totally met our expectations. One of the better features was the free delivery which happened on time.
Rated 1 out of 5 by benaroundawhile This recorder does not have a built in tuner.
The specifications are silent regarding the need to have a seperate tuner.
If you are looking for a recorder with its own tuner, this isn't it. I had to return it.
Rated 3 out of 5 by lulajo so far so good. recommend to a friend? Maybe
Does record tv programs from cable box (external tuner) but can't watch one channel while recording another channel w/o a second external tuner (cable box, etc) & more complicated connections... Bummer! Picture quality/sound good. Like the HDMI connection. Cluncky sounding drawer open/close. Slow "menu" response/delay during disk play. Other reviews faulted small remote but not an issue for us. READ the manual, bit of a learning curve at first.