Hello everyone My recorder refused to power up a few months ago so I went out and bought a new one - A Techwood, brand new and boxed for Â£30 from Cash Converters* I expected a brand new recorder with a new loader and firmware and, to my surprise, it was THE EXACT SAME LOADER AND BURNER (!?) that was on my old DVD/HDD recorder! Whether this is a good thing I can't be certain, but the menu itself is different.
So a question came to me. I understand that no-name brands tend to use the same burner firmware / hardware, but to get it twice is just bad luck I guess. How many brands operate of DVD recorders have the same hardware just on a different chassis?
So now I know Techwood, my previous brand, Tevion, and Coles have the same hardware / firmware as each other. Are they effectively the same thing just under different looks and brand names?
What hardware would I get if I went for a quality brand name, like Toshiba or Samsung? And what makes them any different from cheap recorders?
*(My local Cash Converter had several of these in white boxes with a label on them on what the product was called. As I opened the box when I got home, I was quite surprised to find that the item was still shrink wrapped with manual and remote - As I expected something second hand.
Where would they have got their products from? I know Tesco used to sell the same models in 2007 for about Â£60 so do I presume that Tesco must have ordered a certain amount and then sold on what they couldn't sell to Cash Converters at a bargain price, probably all ready made profit on the ones they did sell?
I must say though it is quite a dinky machine. FAR better built that the P.O.S. I had previously and better built. It's like I spent more than twice on this product