This is a basic and cheap recorder which I bought from Makro a few months ago for sub £100 - maybe an old model now. I was surprised to find that it also is multiregion without a hack - leastways it plays R1, R3. Havn't tried it on Columbia / tristar RCE coded DVD's though. It maybe that Makro source this from some odd supplier but any how it works. As a recorder ( and I have hammered it ) it seems competant for DVD +R +RW. Will also play back DVD -R ( Video ) but bizarrely not Philips +R ( indigo dye - haven't got media code ). Alba say they recommend only TDK +R, +RW. Am new to this game but naively surprised that the non DVD-Forum people ( +RW +R ) don't seem to have got their act together to standardise.