Product Type: Alba DVD players
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It's a DVD player.....nothing more, nothing less.
Alba DVD DS-5711
Member Name: kama0529
Alba DVD DS-5711
Advantages: Inexpensive. It works. Clear images.
Disadvantages: Feels cheap and flimsy. Remote control can be tempramental.
I wanted a cheap and cheerful DVD player for my bedroom as I occasionally watch DVD's late at night or on a Sunday morning when I'm having a lazy lie in. I didn't need anything special or sophisticated, literally something that plays DVD's - nothing more, nothing less.
I saw the Alba DS-5711 in Argos for £24.99 - which seemed pretty cheap and from the reviews I'd read before I purchased it, it seemed that this model did the basics perfectly well. I'd never owned an Alba product before......infect I don't thi I'd ever even heard of Alba before, but the price and the reviews lead me to believe that this product was just what I was looking for. I did have to purchase a SCART lead separately though as one didn't come in the pack which seemed pretty odd, but they did tell you this before purchasing it, and Argos had half-price SCART leads on offer, so I purchased one of those for £4 at the same time.
The DVD came suitably packaged in a box which contained the DVD player itself, a remote control, and an instruction booklet.
It was clear from handling the DVD player that the product was not exactly high end! It was incredibly light, weighing just 1.8 kg and felt quite flimsy and plasticky, as did the remote control. However, once on the shelf it actually just looked like any DVD player looks and it was much less evident that the product was made from cheap materials.
Installing the DVD player was very easy. It involved imply plugging the scart lead into the back of the television and the connecting this to the DVD player. That was literally it and the DVD was ready to go. When the DVD was turned on, the DVD display appeared on the tv screen. I was very surprised at just how simple it was.
The DVD player supports region 2 DVD's, as well as CD's and JPEG files. I have to admit though that I have only ever used this DVD player to play dvd's and so I can't comment on using this DVD player to play music or to review and screen photos.
Playing DVD's on this DVD player is fine. When you insert the disk into the tray, the DVD starts up immediately. The image quality is good. The DVD plays without sticking or jumping and I've never had any problems with the DVD playing just as it should. I have heard complaints that the DVD player emits a low frequency background noise when its being used, but I have to say that I haven't noticed anything like that at all.
One thing that I have found frustrating is that when I put a DVD on pause, occasionally the DVD player turns itself onto stand-by and then I loose the place on the DVD that I was at. I then have to flick through screen selection to get back to where I was. It's not the end of the world, but its pretty annoying......especially as it seems to happen when the DVD has only been on pause for about 5 minutes.
The remote control is well labelled and simple to use and understand. The only issue I have with it is that sometimes it isn't very responsive. Unless the remote control is pointed directly in front of the DVD player, it sometimes doesn't respond - which means that I have to move my lazy self! Batteries do come included and so that's really convenient.
Overall, I would recommend this DVD player for anyone who just wants a simple DVD player that isn't going to be on display. I've had it about 6 months so far and so I'm not sure how long it's going to last.......but so far, so good.
Summary: Cheap, cheerful, basic......and okay.
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