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ToshibaDVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo
 
4.3

(based on 199 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (107)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (67)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (11)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (120)
  • Easy to set up (108)
  • Great picture quality (88)
  • Attractive (73)
  • Reliable (68)

Cons

  • Slow to load (12)
  • Confusing / bad remote control (9)
  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Complicated to operate (5)
  • Difficult to set up (5)

Best Uses

  • Home (95)
  • Home theater (41)
  • Bedroom (27)
  • Dorm room (10)
  • Home movies (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (85), Enthusiast (55), Power user (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (150), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Success!

I have been copying segments of tapes made by my Sony handycams (one analog and one digital on tape)and the results provide very good quality images. So far, I have made 15...Read complete review

I have been copying segments of tapes made by my Sony handycams (one analog and one digital on tape)and the results provide very good quality images. So far, I have made 15 discs and the machine has worked flawlessly. I had a frustrating experience with a competitors model two years ago, so I was hesitant to buy any DVD recorder after that experience and reading all the troubles people are reporting eith other brands. But, based on the reviews posted here, I decided to take a chance on this mfr and model.

First, the unit allows pausing during the recording so I can go forwards and backwards on the handycam to do scene sequencing. My earlier adventure required shutting the DVD recorder off in order to do that, with the resultant video and audio flutter and broken images on re-start of the recording. This one does it seamlessly!!!

I also copy TV programs from my DVR's hard disk drive onto DVDs so that I have a permanent copy. I do this manually. I set up the DVD recorder, select the DVR show, hit Record and Play, and the copying starts. I leave the room while it copies and use a kitchen timer to know when to go back and turn off the DVD unit.

I will say that the unit has alot of features I will never use (like timer recording) and the instruction manual naturally has to cover everything, so it is an imposing document. BUT..it has to be one of the most understandable and logical manuals ever produced. They really put an effort into step by step procedures for each operation. Applicable steps are shown next to a picture of the remote on which the applicable keys are darkened. Very nice idea for us normal humans. As others have mentioned, read through the manual to get a feel for its organization, note the glossary and index, and then begin to enter language, date, and other preferences per the sequence in the manual. I was impressed that Toshiba listed EXACTLY what discs to get. They have several manufacturer's and speed listed, which I followed. I was not sure about the differences between R factors. Mystery about plus, minus, and RW is clarified on a nice table for the user. I used the big online store to order the specific brand discs. So far, I think this is an excellent choice in DVD recorders for my purpose.

I did make my own set of steps/choices for formatting and recording and finalizing. That way I do not have to have the manual at hand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Item defective

The doors to both the DVD and VHS drives did not open. The Toshiba phone number that came with the product for customer support connected you to a computer message telling you to go...Read complete review

The doors to both the DVD and VHS drives did not open. The Toshiba phone number that came with the product for customer support connected you to a computer message telling you to go to a website. The website in turn told you to call the number already given. I had to call the number for laptop customer support to actually speak to a human being who in turn gave me a working # for the DVD/VHS Recorder support. After all this I was told the problem was obviously mechanical (I had managed to figure that out on my own) and instructed me to return the item to B&H for an even exchange. Customer support at B&H- unlike Toshiba- was easy to reach and has been working to resolve the issue (they were unfortunately out of stock so unless they have a comperable item, I will be refunded). B&H has very good customer support and I will shop with them again. I will however not be looking at Toshiba products. The product and Toshiba's customer support did not rate the single star I gave but no star was not an option. B&H customer service rates a 5 star.

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1.0

Failed after 90 days

By Jeff

from Lakewood, Colorado

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

Unit stopped working four months after I bought it. Problem is it only had a 90-day warranty. So I lost all my money on this. Called Toshiba and their support was worthless.

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5.0

I like this recorder very much. Easy to use.

By Ken the milk man

from Clio, Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

Easy to use & manual was good also.

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3.0

Toshiba DVR620

By Henry Mand

from Los ANgeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

I had purchased this unit to convert my Home videos to digital format and store them on my computer. The features are great, and it is a very nice unit, the best of the 3 Toshiba DVD/VCR combo that B&H offers. However, I faced a strange issue with the unit. While playing my VHS-C tapes, using the adaptor, the unit would unpredictably stop and SHUT DOWN! After trying multiple times with a few different tapes, I called B&H customer service and they agreed (easily) to exchange it for me, with free return shipping. I am waiting for the new unit to arrive in a couple of days, and I will try to amend this review then. B&H customer Service, and the selection they offer is one of the best available from online vendors.

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5.0

I would purchase this item again.

By Arcabi

from East coast

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Multi-functions

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Using tapes & DVDs

    Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

    This was the best of the few vcr/dvd recorders still available. Reasonably priced and the features I needed.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    1.0

    Don't Buy If You Need To Record Cable Shows!!

    By Iowan Enginer

    from Northenr California

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate

      Best Uses

        Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

        Don't Buy If You Need To Record Cable Shows!!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Works fairly well, but instructions are terrible

        By SPA

        from NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Complicated To Operate

          Best Uses

            Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

            Used this to make copies from VCR to DVD. The instructions in the manual do not tell you all the things you actually need to do to make VCR-DVD copies, fortunately there are many posts in the internet.... Copies that were made were fine.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Would buy this item again

            By Don

            from Union NJ

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                Record TV Day programs that I like

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                4.0

                Nice unit

                By SteveG

                from Malvern PA

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                    Not many DVD/VCR combos out there. This was only 10 or 20 dollars more than the other choices, but is easier to use and appears to be better quality.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    I would recommend this product

                    By pd

                    from Michigan

                    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Transfer Vhs To Dvd

                      Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                      This is a great product for people that may have a number of VHS tapes of personal videos. IE: Weddings, Children, etc. I already have two Toshiba DVD recorders (DR430's), and that's one reason I was interested in this one, especially since I have about 230 VHS tapes that have old TV recordings on them, most of which cannot be found on DVD. I was down to my last functional VHS player, and I was getting concerned. Keep in mind, this type of equipment is getting very rare. I advise to stock up soon, and actually use the equipment. Don't let it just sit for years before you use it. I am going to say this product is easy to use as far as I'm concerned. However, since most people had trouble setting the clock their VCR's, I'm not 100% sure that's the case. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. I am an audio/video electronics guy all my life, so for me, it WAS easy. I do most of my video editing via computer, and therefore, I believe any limited amount of editing with this machine would be a nightmare.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      This product is exactly as I hoped it would be!

                      By Bill in Boone

                      from Boone NC

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                          After searching online for a reasonably priced DVD/VCR player, I found this one. I purchased it to replace the one I had that was about 10 yrs old as I still have quite a few VCR tapes and DVD discs. I was not willing to give them up nor was I willing to pay $500 for a replacement. It was exactly as advertised and took me only a few minutes to hook it up. The best thing is the HDMI port which has enabled my digital TV to truly capture the clarity and crispness of the recordings. It was also easy to hook up the stereo component system to allow me to enhance the audio of the recordings.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          dvd recorder combo

                          By reddenn55

                          from Delano, CA

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Movies/Short Films

                            Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                            Toshiba is a well trusted brand that i have had good experiences with when i saw this product on your website i was sold. Delivery was on the day that was promised your service is great. Unit is easy to operate no problems so far

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Easy to use

                            By Shopper1

                            from USA

                            Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                            Easy to follow directions and on screen menus for converting a chance tape to DVD. Put the VHS tape and blank DVD in; press play pause and dub. Go back into menus and finalize the DVD. I have yet to figure out how put the content of more than one VHS tape on a single DVD; the instructions were less clear on this. Not a big deal since blank DVDs are inexpensive. I really like that this unit has an HDMI out which is usable as you're moving material from tape to DVD.

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                            5.0

                            A really good life saver

                            By Dick

                            from Wyomissing, PA

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                            Our former unit suddenly gobbled up a presceous irreplacible DVD disk. This replacement came on time and with a minimum of effort. I was also impressed with the availability to copy our old VHS films to a future usable state for our family archives.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            I would buy this product

                            By video man

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Dubbing Vhs Tapes To Dvd

                              Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                              I've been using this to copy VHS tapes to DVD and it works great. It has a comprehensive owner's manual that is easy to understand. The quality of the DVDs is very good and the unit itself has performed well. The method for entering chapter titles is a little cumbersome at first but it comes quickly.

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                              • No

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              Toshiba no longer supports this item

                              By bridgeton dude

                              from st. louis

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • None

                              Cons

                              • Complicated To Operate
                              • Everything

                              Best Uses

                              • Trash

                              Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                              After searching internet for support I was informed by the seller that Toshiba no longer supports or makes this item. Buyer BewareBridgeton dude

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Love it!

                              By Hube

                              from Athens, GA

                              Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                              This is a fantastic product for anyone who wants to archive all of those old vhs tapes. Easy to use and made by a trusted company.
                              Now you will be able to enjoy all of those great memories on dvd for many years to come!

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                              5.0

                              A SIMPLE VHS TO DVD RECORDER

                              By Mel

                              from Berkeley, CA

                              About Me Pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                                  We use this to archive VHS tapes to DVD,
                                  and it works well. Takes some orientation with
                                  the remote & manual to get started

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  This prodcut works as advertised

                                  By Rick

                                  from Akron, OH

                                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Great Sound

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies

                                    Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                                    Makes great DVDs from our family VHS tapes. Menu's are a little difficult to understand at first but after a small learning curve, no problems. I'm impressed with the picture quality from the DVD, I don't remember the tapes looking this good. Excellent picture quality when played on our Hi-Def TV. Basically this Toshiba is easy to use, and I recommend it to convert your VHS tapes to DVD.

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Great machine !!

                                    By RedDawgQ

                                    from Rochester,MN

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Versatile Device

                                    Cons

                                    • Complicated To Operate

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies

                                    Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                                    This machine works great ! I bought it for dubbing old VHS movies to DVD and it does it great. I wish the instuctions were a little clearer for the average user. But I am very satisfied with this product !!

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                                    5.0

                                    updating old technology

                                    By Payson Dave

                                    from Payson, AZ.

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Movies/Short Films
                                      • Travel
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Toshiba DVR620 DVD Recorder/VCR Combo:

                                      I am making DVDS from my video recorder and copying old VHS tapes to DVDS too. Just make sure you are recording from LA and follow instructions on pages 50 and 51. Go back to "setup" to finalize the disk. Pretty easy once you get the hang of it.

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                                      • No

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