I've had my Panasonic DMR-EH55S Video Recorder for a week now and here is my take:
Much faster turn-on, copying and menu access than previous models.
Excellent Picture Quality of recorded material.
Can copy from DVD to HDD (non copy protected)
HDD goes to Sleep after 30 minutes of non-use.
Can record to and copy from HDD to a wide array of DVD media, incl. DVD R/W and DL.
Has a D/V (Fire Wire) input for Digital Camcorders.
Allows automatic Finalization of DVDs.
Places chapter marks every 5-8 minutes on DVD copied from HDD except in High Speed mode.
Editing is easy and precise.
Fan and HDD are quiet.
Users Manual is not well organized and has incomplete index.
TV Guide is difficult if not impossible to setup (ugly logos).
No Eject button on remote.
Eject button on unit is not logically placed, drive on left, button on far right.
Can not record directly to DL disks, must record to HDD then copy to DVD.