Of course I kept the one E-80 that had the warranty until July 2006 at BB. I intend to test this new HDD model and see if it behaves as my 100 buck BB returned buy ES-10 has, which is pretty good. BTW you would not believe what well taken care of, formatted regularly, with original box, all organized accessories, pristine manual and remotes of E-80s are going for on Ebay- Very surprisingly high. Suffice to say that the two together total far exceeded the sales price of the new E-50. Double BTW I bought the 50 at Walmart online. Hard to beat that store if you have a mechanical problem in the first 90 days- just take it back to your local.