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DVD VCR Recorder


DVD VCR Recorder

DVD VCR Recorder

By Anne Ahira

The newest media is available almost exclusively on DVD which is a higher quality with more options for both recording and playback and capable of HD.

A DVD player and recorder is a commonplace accessory in many homes and for those who want to re-record or play their VHS format movies as well the DVD VCR recorder may well be the answer with certain limitations.

A DVD recorder has several choices in how many hours of recorded media it will hold; the lowest is less than acceptable quality by today’s standards and the highest can be exceptional DVD quality playback.

DVD recorders also insert markers ever 5 minutes automatically these can be accessed through the next button on the remote control.

It is possible to create chapters but the process is more complex and the movie or program will need to be recorded in sections with a full stop in recording between each chapter. How to later label these chapters will vary with the unit and can be difficult or simple.

A DVD VCR recorder can play back from both DVD and VHS formats. This is useful for those who have a collection of VHS format movies as well as want to play DVD format movies.

The DVD VCR recorder also is capable of recording from a VHS format on to a DVD format or the other way around. The limitations exist only in that commercial movies and media in either format may be protected by copyright restrictions and may be encoded.

DVD is capable of playing superior quality movies but recording a home movie on to DVD will not usually improve the quality, which depends on the original. Most DVD recorders will have from variable recording qualities and may hold up to 6 hours of media at the lowest playback quality.

DVD VCR Recorder Accessories

A tuner built either in or external will be required for a DVD VCR recorder where recording television programming is also desired.

A built in tuner will permit the recording of most television programming with hookup possible directly from the external antenna or cable. You will be able to watch other programming while recording.

If the DVD VCR recorder has no internal tuner then input will be needed from the cable box or through an external tuner. The unit will only record the program you are watching.

Some DVD VCR recording units may also display other media and for persons who commonly burn photos to DVD then docking ports and inputs are available.

With newer HD, televisions then connection from the DVD VCR recorder to the television should not be a problem as they will usually be compatible. If you have an older model television you will want to be sure, you have the correct input connectors on your television.

DVD VCR recorders are becoming very popular and with many more options, there are units that range from very affordable to fully loaded units capable of much more than the old style VCR unit or the DVD unit and recorder.

Garmin 2820


Garmin 2820

Garmin 2820

By Anne Ahira

It seems like the more time goes by the more we depend on electronic devices in our day-to-day lives.

Take for example the Garmin 2820, this little box sits on the dash of your car and navigates for you.

Wherever you go, you can ask this device for directions and it will show you then tell you where to turn, where traffic is heavy and where particular points of interest are along the way.

Can you imagine traveling without a Garmin 2820? The old ways of fighting with a map that is impossible to fold back up are over. No more missing exits, getting lost or being late for an important meeting or dinner!

Features – Garmin 2820

  • Headset compatible for motorcyclists
  • Simultaneous connection to cell phone and headset via Bluetooth
  • Real Time traffic monitoring
  • Plays mp3
  • Play audio through car stereo via 3.5mm plug

Garmin is a name well known to navigation devices; they have been leaving their mark on the way we travel for awhile now. Through this experience, they have learned what the consumer wants and promptly added it to the Garmin 2820.

Hands Free

Being able to connect to your cell phone gives you the ultimate in hands free calling. If your phone is Bluetooth capable, you will never again have to be distracted by answering or making a call.

You will look like a movie star tooling around talking to friends and family while never touching your phone!


This little bugger comes out of the box preloaded with maps of the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

If that is not enough you can order optional maps of Europe, not sure, how you will drive your car across the ocean but if you need them, the Garmin 2820 can handle them.

Ease of Use

The Garmin 2820 could not be easier to set up. You can do it in a few minutes with these simple steps, take it out of the box, mount the bracket, plug it into the cars cigarette lighter and wait for it to acquire satellite signal.

In about 15 minutes, you should be ready to go. One caution, the Garmin 2820 must be positioned in a manner that allows for a clear view of the sky because the antenna is internal. If this is a problem you can purchase an optional external antenna.

Bottom Line

Why would you head out on a trip without a convenient tool like the Garmin 2820? You will never be lost again with the handy features of the GPS device. Gone are the old paper methods for plotting a route, the electronic age is upon us and in full swing!