I've had my RC199H for a month now. Got it from my local Best Buy at the best price I could find anywhere. I had a year old Sony DVD recorder which was my first venture into DVD recorders. It was OK, but the LG is awesome in comparison.
I did have to take my first RC back to BB as the original unit had a problem ejecting VHS tapes and the VHS door 'sprung' permanently open. When I took it back last weekend, it was on sale for even cheaper than I originally paid, so I used the extra savings to go ahead and get the 2 year extended warranty. I figure at the end of two more years, the MPEG-4 units will be out and I'll be ready to trade again anyway
Plus, after having had a problem in the first 2 weeks of ownership, it seemed to be good insurance for a relatively low cost.
I absolutely love the RC. I have been dubbing all of my old VHS tapes onto DVD every day. I'm throwing the tapes away as I do so and will greatly cut down on the space needed to store my videos.
What I like:
1080i upconversion to my 1080p Toshiba TV. DVDs look noticably better
One unit for DVD and VCR vs. two units
Ability to record on DVD +R DL for twice the time plus ANY other DVD media made
1394 Firewire input
14 type memory card reader to display pictures or play music off of
What could be improved:
Only has one rear video input (one front + 1394)
Only S video input is on the front panel
Unit locks up occasionally requiring unplugging unit then plug back in (hopefully new firmware soon to fix this)
Remote control sometimes needs multiple presses to get the command to the unit
Needs built in HD tuner (yes, nobody does that, but it's a natural to be able to record 480i HD video to DVD)
I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. I would recommend the extended warranty given the VHS door problem I had in the first 2 weeks and having only owned it for a month. This is the first unit of its kind on the market. I was waiting to look at the Samsung and JVC units which were supposed to be out in May, but LG beat them to the market and the other units still are not out. I'm very pleased with mine.