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Samsung DVD-SH853M Digital DVD Recorder with 160GB HD @ £79.97
Samsung DVD-SH853M Digital DVD Recorder with 160GB HD @ £79.97

Samsung DVD-SH853M Digital DVD Recorder with 160GB HD @ £79.97

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Went into my local Currys today looking for the £4.97 XBox360 games (which they had a few of) but came across this little beauty instead...At £79.97 it was rude not to!!!

Amazon.co.uk currently showing £149.99

Not showing on Currys Web Site but instore it was cheap as chips (well actually 44 bags of chips). Chap instore said it was inline with PCWorld online price but they don't have any in stock, where as Currys still had a few lying around...It can't be reserved online but pop down to your local Currys and you just might be in luck!

Not saying it's the best recorder, but at this price it's a steel!
Product info...
160GB Hard Drive - record up to 270 hrs
Digital TV Receiver - for extra channels
EZ Record Mode - Automatically format
1 Month 12 prgm timer - Flexible recording
HDMI output - upscaling to 1080i
Anynet - Universal remote(Samsung products)
DV Input - Dubbing from a digital camcorder

I did walk away with the display price card and have scanned it to prove the deal but not sure how to upload it...Being my first post and all!
Be lucky!

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Will have a look tomorrow.

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does not seem to find it at the currys website, can you please confirm the branch?

I have had this model for about a year now and it was nearly £200. This is an excellent player with loads of features. If there is any downside it is that the menus are a bit sluggish but after a while I got used to it.

Can you use this item with an Analogue TV??

terrible reviews of it on amazon ... might be worth a read before buying ...

Banned

hot on price, cold on quality. This first line on amazon was enough to stop me looking further!

It will not start a scheduled recording if you are watching a program you have recorded earlier

Also worth noting that it won't do a scheduled record unless you turn the unit off/standby.

A great function set but fails in practice.

Check out av forums. Lots of complaints there.

picked up one of these at currys in city of london (last one in stock)...hoping it isn't a dog! at 80 quid i couldn't resist.

will try tonight and report back. if it's rubbish will return and get the sony rdr-hdx890 from amazon methinks.

well i'm up and running, and it's a slightly mixed bag...

overall a nice looking machine, fairly slimline compared to some and solidly built. Recording quality from freeview is v good, output via hdmi @ 720p looks great on by sony 32v4000. no complaints there. Dvd upscaling also a step up from my xbox 360 (via vga), but feel it could be a smidgen better. very quiet machine too - a big bonus. Already updated to latest firmware via dvd, and done the MR hack - nice!

On the downsides, the EPG is a big slow, and no Freeview+ obviously. Also might be a prob for some: to do a timer record have to put the machine in standby - this is well documented on Avforums. not so much an issue for me actually, as I'm usually out or asleep when recording. Might not suit a tv junkie, or if you are planning to use this as your main freeview device.

Overall, definitely good value at 80 quid. I'm a little torn tho, with some tasty deals out on the Sony 890 (which would integrate real nice with my bravia, and offer series link / Freeview+), I'm wondering whether to return or ebay this unit, and get one of those. Is the sony really worth double the cash i wonder? :?

Wasted a couple of hours this morning driving to my nearest 3 currys stores - and no sign of this on the shelves at all. Looks to be specific stores only, since the stores I visited had the newer 871? version but not the 853. Looks like stores with stock are disposing of this end of line item....

Jav
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