The RCA DTA880
The RCA DTA880, I find, has some very good qualities.
The recordings are excellent, I use a 128 GB 3.0 USB thumb drive made by Lexor. My main use for the RCA DTA880 is as a timed event recorder for over the air TV. Since my TV is a LCD flat screen with HDMI connections and an ATSC tuner I do not use the RCA DTA880 as a converter.
I have the Coax Output Modulation of the RCA DTA880 set to Loop Thru so the Antenna connected to the RCA DTA880's Antenna Input is available to my TV, so I am able to watch one channel while the RCA DTA880 records another channel. And of course there is some signal loss from the antenna through the RCA DTA880. But it is the same as if I had used a splitter to run the antenna to both the RCA DTA880 and the TV.
The RCA DTA880 has a small foot print at 5 1/4 inches wide, by 3 3/4 inches deep, and by 1 3/4 inches high. However, the depth measurement does not include the connectors on the back.
The included power supply; a switching type, 120 VAC, 0.4 Amp to 9 VDC, 1000 mA; is separate from the the RCA DTA880 and is connected to the RCA DTA880 via a cord, approximately 4 feet, and a barrel plug,
The directions are written in english but are somewhat sketchy as in unclear and not complete.
The amount of recording time needed to record a program varies depending of course whether you are recording a program that is brodacast in High Definition or Standard Definition.
And yes, the remote is small and difficult to use, but if you read the screens that appear and follow the information provided on each of the screens it is not to bad. The supplied remote has 40 buttons in a space that measures 1 1/2 wide by 3 1/2 inches long, the remote itself measures 2 inches wide and 4 3/4 inches long and 1/2 an inch thick. Since I like to have all of my remote functions on a single remote I am using a Phillps SRP5107/27 Universal 7 Device Learning Remote that I had to use the learning function to program the Philips remote with the RCA DTR880 remote. All of the actual remotes are placed in a safe place so they cannot get lost, or chewed upon by the dog.
I have noted that in regards to a similar recording converter box that someone complained about the recorded program appeared in a small box which they thought was how they would have to watch their recorded program. This small screen is just a preview screen and you can easily change to a full screen by following the information on the screen.
If you contact the RCA support staff they will email you a copy of the manual, select Video Players and then select I Still Need Help at the following link: