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Lite-On HD-A760GX

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  • Lite-On HD-A760GX DVD Recorder (250 GB Hard Drive)

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Lite-On's $340 (as of 10/27/06) HD-A760GX is what I like to call a technology teaser: Great specs, but ultimately it's a bit of a letdown. The recorder has a vast 250GB hard drive and makes top-notch recordings, and the price is certainly right. Getting up to speed on it and using it are easy, too. But its lack of several key features detracts from its appeal.

For instance, when I first saw that the HD-A760GX loads, stores, and plays MP3, WMA, and JPEG files, I thought I was going to jukebox heaven. No such luck. The complete lack of cataloging and tag functions--as well as the inability to play a selected folder, play by genre, sort by artist, or do anything other than browse through a folder tree and select a file--was a real buzzkill. The device doesn't even display the title of a currently playing song. You can't use this unit to consolidate your digital content--you'd be overwhelmed by the attempt to navigate it all.

On the other hand, the HD-A760GX's remote, like the recorder itself, is extremely easy to figure out and use. The unit's on-screen interface is also exceedingly intuitive: You won't have to crack the well-written user manual to figure out how to use the most frequently used functions, since they're simple to interpret. However, a few small quirks dull the shine. For one thing, unfortunately, you must change both digits of an hour separately while setting recordings manually. Also, the recorder allows you to fit only 6 hours of video on a DVD.

The quality of the HD-A760GX's recordings in all modes matched that of the other models we tested for our recent chart, earning an overall score of Very Good for image quality. Gone is the oversaturated and bleeding color apparent in video from the company's previous models. The only glitch in the unit's disc compatibility surfaced while we attempted to play a dual-layer DVD+R movie: It displayed the chapter menu, but choked on actual playback.

The HD-A760GX will play both DivX and Xvid MPEG-4 files (not DivX HD); most units handle only DivX. But the recorder's lack of a commercial-skip function is a huge disappointment.

Jon L. Jacobi

This story, "Lite-On HD-A760GX" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • Lite-On HD-A760GX DVD Recorder (250 GB Hard Drive)

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