I do not know if this is a good forum to start posting about this recorder, but if people are interested, I have one and have been using it for 3 weeks. I think it is the same as the Gateway DVD recorder, everything looks the same down to the remote and the connections.
For a cheap $280.00USD 1st time DVD recorder, it works fine for me. The +RW discs work on my Apex, Norcent, Samsung DVD players and my portable Pioneer player. The DVD’s will play on my Thinkpad laptop if I use Windows media, I have a Power DVD software program from Cyberlink and it will not play the DVD+RW.
This recorder does a very good job at 1, 2 & 4 hours, all the DVD’s can be viewed on the other players I have with expected degradations in quality at the longer recording times. The 6 hour mode is only watchable on the LiteOn unit itself and that quality is marginal.
My Apex is region free, so I can play a DVD on the Apex and record on the LiteOn. The quality is very good at the 2 hr mode, good enough for small TVs and the portable, but not as good as the Original DVD seen on a 35" set but passable.
The plus is when you load you recorded DVD, it is quick and easy to jump to the program you want to see, makes VCR program hunting obsolete.
The negative is I cannot find a way to stop watching a program and go back to the disc menu to select another progran without ejecting and reloading the disc.
Another negative, when you press record, the recorder keeps going until it reaches the end of the disc or until you stop it. I wish each push=30 min record time like there is on a VCR. But you do have a very easy timer to set up with the remote.
The next generation will probably resolve these and other issues that will annoy people. But at $280, it is a very good start. My first VCR cost me $650 in 1984 and was a big pain to use.
FYI - I bought my LiteOn at CompUSA. I missed a special they had where it was available for $250.