Gateway DVD+R VCR “Replacement”

Expanding on its entry into the digital entertainment hardware market, Gateway has released some details on an upcoming DVD recorder for the home theater. The new unit will cost around $350, and works as a standalone unit with no need for a PC — just like a regular VCR. While it’s pretty bare-bones, this device should be useful for those looking to back-up their TiVo programs or downloads on a PC while also adding digital recording direct to DVD to their entertainment center.

Any DVD recorder that doesn’t include a hard-drive recorder as well is of limited use, and will probably come down to $100-$150 pretty quickly. I for one am holding out until the prices come down on combo units like the Panasonic DMR-E100HS.