I have a Sony - purchased two weeks ago.
Terrific -but be warned, a very steep learning curve - unless you have a 10 year old in your houshold.
The HDD does what is says it will do and the on on screen menus are a breeze.
The DVD side plays too- all the, versions except one or two of the more obscure types.
Recording to DVD from HDD have yet to tackle
and the connectivity from its 4 yes 4 inputs is easy although I am having trouble with one - but its me I am sure its me,
I had one small problem - having got it home and had it all running- suddenly it refused to obey
the remote- The remote was OK 'cos it worked the TV[Also Sony]
After a couple of days of messing I was about ready to take it back. Then I had an idea.
I phoned a mate and invited him round- When he came I said look 'You' have just bought it now set it up - after a couple of minutes of prodding and looking in the book he asked- Where is the Command switch?
'Whssa't I said- so he showed me the book. No sign of it on the remote- The command switch sets the type of device the remote will speak to.
After fumbling a while a slide cover on the remote revealed its self and Lo the Command switch
Set it to 3 as the book said and off it went.
So be prepared for little trip ups - But then you are a computerist you know all about those.