I got a dvd recorder a few weeks ago. The Panasonic DMR-E100H. I have not had the chance to spend a lot of time with it, but I think it is a keeper. It is more complicated than a vcr, but I am starting to get more comfortable with it.
I really like the hard drive feature. It would be great for someone who is into recording a tv show and then erasing that show after viewing. A unit like this looks like it would be ideal for archiving tv shows to dvd. I have been transfering all my Hi-8 wildlife tapes to the hard drive. I will then edit them, then record to a dvd.
After I get a few vhs tapes transfered to dvd the vcr is going to be unplugged!