Has Panasonic created the perfect DVD recorder? Yes, on paper at least. The EH60D has it all -- support for -R/-RW/+R/-RAM discs, a massive 200GB hard drive, and best of all, an integrated Freeview tuner. You can now finally record a full series of The Simpsons to the hard drive, and then archive them to DVD, all from the same machine.
Panasonic DVD recorders have always been easy to use and the EH60D is no exception. The Freeview tuner's integration into the box means that everything is linked into the electronic programme guide -- so you can schedule your recordings without having to type in 23-digit VideoPlus codes from the Radio Times. Genius!
You want even more features? Luckily, Panasonic knows what a demanding lot us consumers can be, so it's included a DV input on the front panel. You can backup your wedding video to the hard drive and spring it on unsuspecting victims when they're all over for Christmas dinner. It's also got progressive-scan video output for high-quality DVD playback, plus one-second recording, so it starts burning to disc more or less as soon as you hit the record button.
Just one problem, though -- there's only one tuner, so you can't watch a different channel to the one you're recording. Curse you Panasonic! Guess we'll have to wait for the next model, but in the meantime the EH60D is on sale now, costing £500. Expect a full review in two shakes of a lamb's tail. -GC
Update: a full review of the Panasonic DMR-EH60D is now live.