Pros:Full Featured, Panasonic quality, customer support.
Cons:Manual, poor lay out and index. Remote a real mess. On screen info insuficient.
The Bottom Line: Lots of features. Bad manual poorly indexed, remote layout and labeling. Too complicated for most users.
I have only had this unit for about a week. The first shock was that manual. With so many features perhaps a thick manual was necessary but the layout of the manual is illogical and poorly indexed. No straight forward instructions even for the initial setup. The manual is a mess. The on screen display leaves a lot to be desired and often you will need to guess what that unit doing. The display is too small to be seen across room even with a large monitor and lack clarity too. The remote buttons can not be seen except in high light conditions (Not usually encountered in a tv room), and is very poorly laid out to boot. For most users this unit would simply be too confusing to use. The initial hookup is very straight forward as most of the jacks are not needed. a HDMI cable was included as well as s video cables. PANASONIC has always been very reliable and I have no reason to suspect that this unit will not also be reliable and customer support is there if you need them. Most of the operational complaints listed by other reviews are addressed in the manual if you can find it...(ie, the unit comes on fast if you first set unit to fast power up option. To eject tape with the remote just hold down on stop button for three seconds etc. Its in that manual if you can find it). I suggest that you do read that entire manual first. It will address some of these issues. There will still be plenty left for you to stew over. I do not recommend it to people who are not pretty savy with technology. If you are a technophile you will like it. Otherwise you will find it flustrating. For most a simpler unit would be a better choice. Perhaps, for the rest a better manual would be enough. (A better design for that remote would also help.) The layout of that remote is just awfull. I have not yet found a way to direct access a tv channel with the remote, and I have not been able to find it in the manual either. So, even with all the features I can not recommend this unit except with the above mentioned reservations and cautions.
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Amount Paid (US$): 155.00