Pros: The machine is sturdy and reliable, performs well when subjected to heavy use.
Cons: The remote control cannot be replaced with a universal remote control off the shelf.
I found the DVD Recorder to be no problem to operate, and have used it to record for 6 to 8 hours at a time about once a week for nearly two years now, and have not had one problem until I lost the remote, or it was stolen by someone who had lost theirs!
I have purchased, and returned dozens of universal remotes because not one of them worked...even models guaranteed to work with any device. I have yet to find a replacement remote offered for sale.
I recommend the machine, but only if you buy a learning remote at the same time, and program it to run the ILO DVDR05.