I had a Sony combo recorder unit before this and the Panasonic much simpler, from the remote to the user manual. It still has all the functionality without the confusion. Very simple to transfer VHS to DVD. Many different recording modes, even including a flexible mode, so that you can record 1 hour 49 minutes and 23 seconds fit so that all the DVD space is used and you maximize digital quality. The biggest problem with this and many other combo recorders (though not all) is the difficulty and inconsistency of problems with copyright protection. Some video tapes can be converted to DVD with no problems. With others, it is impossible to convert (while I know another player that can convert that VHS to DVD). This can be very frustrating and it would be nice if all players were consistent in what they could or couldn't convert (or just convert them all--I should be able to make a backup of my VHS).