I bought this DVD player for my Mom one Christmas. I did this as she ironed in the kitchen and watched TV whilst doing this however she often complained that there was nothing on TV. Alongside the DVD player, I bought her two CSI series DVDs too so that she could not complain again.
She is not a tech person and therefore one of the reasons I bought this DVD player was because it was basic - she merely needed it to play a DVD, nothing else. Price also had a major factor in my purchase so the fact this that was pretty much the same price as the Argos Value DVD player meant that this was an easy decision.
Setup was very simple; merely connect the DVD player to the power socket and then to the TV via the supplied cables. Once this had been done you merely need to go to the correct channel on your TV and the output will be shown. Using a DVD is simple too, just put it in the player and it will auto-start. If you need to access an menu to start the DVD then you can navigate this menu via the supplied remote too. My only real issue with the DVD player was that the remote was pretty unresponsive. Despite having new batteries it could be difficult to have the DVD player recognise any presses and this could make navigate through the programs of CSI on the DVD time consuming.
Other than the remote issue, the DVD player was very good though. The picture quality seemed very decent (although it doesn't have any enhancement features like more expensive DVD players such as up-scaling or colour correction) as did the sound. It was more than suitable for my Mom to enjoy her DVDs without getting distracted by any visual or audio artefacts.
I chose this DVD player because I wasn't looking for any advanced technology such as blu-ray, just a cheap, easy to use and reliable machine that could let me watch movies and play CD's on my television.
First impressions of the DVD player aren't very good, as feels like it is going to fall apart if you pick it up, and the buttons and interface are very cheap. Now this is a very good choice if these sort of things don't matter, and for me it doesn't because I just want a basic, cheap DVD player, but if you want something visually pleasing and well made, this doesn't fit that description.
Features are few and far between with this player. If you're just looking to play original DVD's on a basic TV, no problem. It even handles CD's well, even if the interface is bland. The problems start occurring when you try to play DVD's you may have "purchased" off the internet and burned to disc, as it seems to find them unreadable and makes a racket trying to play it, sometimes scratching the disc. As this suggests it is fairly loud when playing DVD's. Also there are no HD options, but this is just designed as a basic DVD player, so if your looking for a cheap option this isn't too much of a problem.
All in all you get what it says on the tin with this player. Cheap, reliable and easy to use, it plays original DVD's effortlessly, so if extra features and advanced options aren't on your must have list, a perfect option. Generally speaking though it is cheaply made and build quality is shocking. Features are bare and it is loud. But this DVD player was designed to be cheap, and I have had it a good couple of years now and it still works perfectly. What you see is what you get.
Buying this Slimline DVD-player from Alba is one of the best purchases I have done lately, it didn`t cost me more than 22 pounds and the quality of it would have you believe it costing closer to 70! This dvd-player does a great job playing your dvd`s or cd`s, it looks nice in the living room and is very easy to use!
Only thing, is it as slim as the name would have it to be? No, it isn`t, as it`s quite "thick" looking, but the design is very appealing and modern non the less, and seeing as the overall quality of the player is this good, I have very little to complain about! One of the first thing I noticed about this dvd-player, is how silently it runs while you watch a movie! I can barely hear it making a sound, and the sound of the dvd itself is presented very well, well balanced and comfortable audio experience! The remote control and all buttons are easy to understand, and the picture presentation is very clear and crisp, making me believe this dvd-player to be a lot more expensive than 22 pounds.
In light of it costing so little, I would say this to be the perfect Christmas gift to a boy or girl on the verge of going off to live by themselves, as this is a very good quality dvd-player, yet costing close to nothing!
This is a trust worthy, reliable and very good quality dvd-player for a low cost, and I really do recommend it as a bargain!
Alba DVD45 Slimline DVD Player
We were given this DVD player a while ago after our one decided to blow up on us! Unfortunately I can not find a price for this DVD player as it does not seem to appear many places, though Amazon.co.uk do have it up though is out of stock. If it becomes back into stock I will re-edit this review with a price for you.
As it says in the title, this DVD player is a slimline model at only approximately 5cm high. At first it looked odd after having a rather large model beforehand, though it is quite handy for sitting on that thinner shelf we have on our television cabinet!
It is very easy to set up. All you need to do is plug the scart lead which is supplied, into the back of the DVD player and then feed it to the scart socket in your television. It has a few buttons on the front of the DVD player so you can either opt to use it via this way or use the remote control. You HAVE to use the button on the DVD player to turn the machine on, though, as this is not available on the remote which is annoying.
The DVD's play really well on this player and even after it being second hand, so about a couple of years old now, it still works perfectly. It only plays region 2 DVDs so no playing DVD's bought from other countries.
As well as DVD's you can play CD's and MP3 on this machine which is an added bonus.
This DVD player is certainly a great buy and full recommended!
This may appear to some as a cheap DVD player, but I assure you that it is far from it. The cost of the player is low but there is nothing 'cheap' about this product.
The Alba Slimline DVD player functions just as well as any top range DVD player, despite the low price - you can pick this up in stores for as little as £20 now, apparently. The device is also amazingly lightweight, especially considering the size - the title reads 'slimline', but I've definitely seen slimmer DVD players (this may be the only real downside to the DVD player).
The player looks fairly good design-wise - it is in a nice silver colour with (thankfully) only five buttons on the front - and it comes with the standard, easy-to-use Alba DVD remote. This remote will allow you to do as much as is possible with your DVDs/CDs in just a small few, easy to understand buttons.
The player makes no noise at all when playing DVDs, which is great for me considering the number of DVD players I've owned that make a significant din and just ruined my enjoyment of the DVDs.
And this all comes at a rather reasonable price.
What makes this DVD player (and its low price) even more remarkable is how I've never had any problems with it in the (at a rough estimate) five years it's been in my household. It still works just as well as it did when I first made the purchase and has never scratched or had problems with playing any discs. I wholly recommend the purchase of this DVD player, especially if you're on a budget.
It seems that I, and many others, picked up this DVD player for the same reason. When it was released it was the cheapest player in the Argos catalogue, arriving at a time when decent DVD players were only just coming down in price. It offered DVD and CD compatibility as well as basic audio and image file support, a nice new gimmick for DVD players and good, compatible DVD playback with a range of basic features. At the time it offered a superb quality at a price beneath the £100 typical for DVD players. In the years since, it has gone down even further in price. I last saw this model lurking in ASDA for a mere £25.
The Alba DVD45 was my second trip down DVD lane. I had recently bought a new PC that came fitted with a DVD drive and picked up a couple of films but this wasn't the most fun way of watching films, with my 17inch monitor and speakers bought at a car boot sale for 60p. It was also pretty poor for watching films with the family, something that was a pretty big limitation. And so, I remember picking this up with low expectations. It was cheap but all I wanted was a player that would allow everyone in the house to watch together.
Nearly six years on, the DVD45 is still seeing a lot of use. While it has since been replaced as the main player by an upscaling, HDMI compatible blu-ray player. The Alba has become a firm favourite for the bedroom, small and cool running with absolutely no noise from the drive. It also boasts an exceptional build quality, it still doesn't feel cheap. Though, the silver colour looks it; I'm afraid. Age has been kind, however and the device is not seriously scuffed nor damaged in any way. Even more impressive, all the buttons on the remote still have their original information on. In contrast, the buttons on a remote for a TV I bought last year have already wiped off.
Alba seem to have a good track record for DVD players, I've used a few in the last ten years of DVD and they always offer an excellent price to quality ratio. This player does not offer much in the way of extras, output is only available via scart. Surround sound output is available via coaxial cable but does not offer optical output. For those of us with an older TV kicking about in a bedroom however, it's a lovely picture. It plays DVDs and it's cheap; perfect for anyone on a budget and hard to complain about.
This was my first DVD player back when i was a teen. To be honest I only picked this because it was the cheapest in the Argos catalogue! Only about 60euro at time.
It is not that good to look at. Compared to newer DVDs it looks cheap but then again that's exactly what it is. The remote looks outdated also. It has even electrocuted me a few times when I have accidentally touched the steel screws when it was on!
There are really no features with this. It does play CDs though but I have never been able to play DVDs that I have copied from my computer. The same DVDs have worked on friends players so I think mine is just too old. You wouldn't want this if you wanted to watch high definition films or if you want to play DVDs that you have purchased online. It plays DVDs flawlessly and the rewind controls are good but it can be quite noisey if the sound on the tv is low.
If your on a budget i would recommend this player because even though it is limited in well, everything it does last because I have had it for years and never had a need to replace it. For that price it is certainly value for money! If you have a bit extra money to spare I wouldn't get this because you'll only waste your money.
DVD Player - Alba - DVD46Z
This is a slightly different Alba DVD player - but I'm guessing these are pretty similar!
I have had this DVD player for roughly 3/4 years now. It has been less troublesome and problematic than any other DVD player I've had in the past, and I have managed to get through a few! My parents bought me this beaut as a replacement to take to uni with me in my second year and didn't spend a lot on it. It was from Asda at the time and probably cost no more than £30 if that; not that my parents were stingy, they just preferred to buy me a basic product that wouldn't be the end of the world if it either got nicked or went defunct - plus I have a shocking track record with digitial cameras so they were probably right to be less than trusting! Yet here I am with one of the most reliable bits of kit I've owned over the years.
***What is it?***
This badboy is an Alba DVD player; this is its primary and seemingly only function! No ability to record, no digital face on the front blinking the time at me or telling me 'open' and 'close' like my previous player. It is silver, sleek at around an inch thick and with the relevant ports at the back and scart lead to rig it up the TV in many wild and wonderful ways.
According to the sticker underneath it says 'DVD/VCD/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3/JPEG/MPEG player. So basically if you have music, images or just a standard movie DVD, this will play it!
***How easy is it to use?***
The remote control is also silver and very straightfroward. The main buttons i.e. skip frame, play/pause, stop, menu etc...are all in dark grey and are centred on the remote control which makes them easy to see straightaway instead of looking closely at all the buttons for the one you're after. Additional technical buttons are all white and bordered in a small box at the bottom of the remote control - these functions include zoom, subtitle, angle etc...allowing you, depending on the technical capacity of your DVD, to access all the different functions. At the top of the remote you have power and open/close functions as well as you're typical 0-9 buttons.
This remote is very simple to use which I feel is a selling point of electronics these days. My TV set is a fairly modern Pansonic and it has a 1001 different functions and a remote control which you could mistake for a brick. In comparison the DVD is no hassle or confusion; the remote has the functions you NEED - play, stop, fast forward, rewind. It isn't overcomplicated and the DVD player and remote are very responsive - when you press a button, the reaction is instant; no lag, no frantically tapping the button you're after because it didn't work first time and watching your DVD freeze/stutter to a halt and resetting. Simple is what simple does.
The DVD player itself is once again extremely simplified which is ace in some ways, but a sod in others. On the right hand side is the power button next to which is a light bulb - red for off, green for on (shocking I know, bet you weren't expecting that) and then on the far left is the DVD opening itself. To the right of this are three small circular buttons with images above for eject, stop, play/pause. These are the only functions accessable for the face plate of the DVD.
As I've said throughout, this is a very simple DVD player - it does what it is designed to do and nothing more. I think it is a really easy to use bit of kit which for the under £30 price bracket is just what you need. It was sleek for it's time (I realise you can get some tiny, teenie ones these days but this is 4 years old or there abouts!) and is pleasant enough for display in fairly inoffensive, typical silver and grey. The remote control is basic and provides all the functionality you would expect and what you need for a remote control.
I think the only bit I do think it could do with would be some sort of digital facia. The player itself is fairly primitive on the front and if (god forbid) you are like everyone else and frequently 'misplace' the remote or else it becomes absorbed within your sofa or hanging out with the hoard of other remotes for EVERY technical item you own and therefore you're not sure which actually belongs to what...then you'll have to be choosy over your choice of DVD. The front panel has the most basic functions and no ability to scroll through menus. Especially that irriating DVD producer who offers 25 + language options and places UK as the last option on the last page. Unless your DVD goes directly to the start menu, you will be watching your favourite DVD in the first language option!
Otherwise, for simplicity and resilience to time and moving about, this DVD player has been perfect. It is simple to use, maybe a little too simple at times, but for example if you were buying for a young child or for someone who isn't very tech savvy, this would be the perfect, safe option! There's little damage they could do with only a play, stop and eject button on the front panel! I would definitely recommend this DVD and hopefully it's modern equivalent is just as easy and dependable.
For lack of better wording, the Alba DVD45 Slimline DVD Player is the business. Operating with dual region compatability, incredibly user friendly graphical user interfaces and lightning quick response time, it is the best economic DVD player that money can possibly buy.
Quality is great. It's robust, reliable, sleek, sexy, small, and fits pretty much any surface, and matches pretty much any decor style you care to mention. LEDs are attractive and futuristic looking, and the remote control works from a pretty impressive range and has surprisingly good response times, the sort of thing you might expect to see on a PS3.
It's always very quick to load up and navigation of menus and settings is as simple ans simple can be, with the basic user friendly GUIs and ergonomic, well-conceived remote control buttons. This is a pretty fantastic machine.
It's very reliable, easy to use, simple to install ( a minimal amount of cables ) and is sure to last you a hell of a long time. I couldn't possibly recommend this product anymore. The silver is definitely the coolest looking, and you'd be hard pressed to find a more reasonably priced, robust, or expensive looking DVD player on the market. A brilliant piece of kit for a great price.
What can I say about this DVD player to do it justice? Well let's get the obvious out the way first, it's cheap, very cheap infact. I bought it a few years ago as my first DVD player, and paid the princely sum of around £18 for it. I am by no means a technical or audio/visual officionado, but I think the picture quality isn't exactly perfect, although for me it did/does the job perfectly, and for the money, you can't go wrong.
Ok so it's cheap... but for the money you get a slimline, fairly attractive looking box that handles every kind of DVD.CD,VCD etc that I have thrown at it. My only criticism would be that the remote control was weak, and was perhaps not as responsive as I would like.
Other than this, it is a fine DVD player that got me through my film degree watching (and reviewing) countless films and television programmes. It now sits nicely on my desk at work where it still gets regular use.
Well done Alba on a cheap and perfectly adequate machine that suited my budget at the time, and is still going strong today!
There is one good thing you can say about the Alba DVD45- it's cheap. And it does play DVD's and music CD's, which is what it's designed to do.
However, as it gets warmer the DVD's tend to freeze for no apparent reason (what we like to call the dramatic pause). This will usually happen toward the end of the film, at some crucial moment. There seems to be no way of getting it started yet, you just have to wait. The warmer the player gets the more this happens so if you are watching 2 or more films in a row, you can expect them to be plagued wiht dramatic pauses.
One interesting quirk of ours is that it seems to be pre-set for subtitles to come on. For some reason, sometimes you can't get rid of them. Believe me, being able to read the dialogue in Van Helsing added nothing to the movie!
Also, it takes a while to load the DVD in the first place, and sometimes seems not to work at all.
The picture quality is good, not spectactular (although I guess this is also related to the TV that you are using with it)
Sound is fairly ordinary.
It is very easy to install- just connect a few wires to your TV and it's done. A remote control is included, which is quite bulky.
Overall, I would say spend a little bit more and get a better quality DVD player.
I am no technical wizard; I clung on to my VHS recorder for dear life until videos became virtually non-existent for the most popular films. It was then and only then that I decided to invest in a DVD player. Even then I looked for the cheapest I could find. Functionality was my only purpose when searching for a player. I cared not whether it could play mp3's, CD's or STD's I just wanted a slimline, unobtrusive player that played a DVD from start to finish. As such finding the Alba DVD45 for a mere £27.99 in my local Asda was a Godsend.
Measuring 36 cm across and 5 cm high this is a surprisingly slimline DVD player. It is quite stylish for the price with a silver shell and black panel front. Setting it up is refreshingly simple and requires plugging the scart lead (supplied) into the back of the DVD player and then into the scart socket on the television. Plug it in and away you go. Operation is by one of two methods. The remote control (supplied with batteries!) or the buttons along the front display.
One of the few irritating features to the player is the power on button. You cannot turn the player on with the remote. You have to press in the button (which sticks out like a sore thumb) to power it up. A minor gripe for the lazy but an irritating one nonetheless. However, once operational the main features of open/close, play, stop and skip back or forward are available on the front panel. The player is a slide out affair were the DVD nestles neatly into its hollowed out cartridge. DVD's play automatically although they can take a good while to load. Let us not kid ourselves though. Both you and I are too lazy to hunch over the player when we can chill out and use the remote control.
The control is sturdy enough and has survived the odd drop although the buttons are soft and rubbery. As such I cannot see them lasting the test of time. The remote is set up for ease of use with a central console style pad of arrow keys and an enter key. This allows me to navigate easily around the menus on my beloved DVD's although the aforementioned rubber keys need some definitive pressure to register actions. Other handy features to this remote include a remain button which displays the length of time the DVD playing has left and a zoom button to get closer to the action, particularly handy for sporting events. All information appears on the television screen itself as there is no display on the player itself.
Considering the price of the DVD player I was pleased to know that it also doubles as a fully functional CD and MP3 player. Standard features of any CD or MP3 player including shuffle (which plays tracks at random) and programme (allows you to choose the tracks you want to play) are available via remote. Sound quality of course is only as good as the TV or speakers you are using but I could hear no problems or skipping while listening.
This would all be no good if the DVD's wouldn't play or played inefficiently. However, after twelve months I have yet to experience any problems with legal DVD's with no skipping or reduction in quality (we all know copies are of poor quality and likely to skip anyway, good job I do not own any isn't it!). The picture is not reduced in quality compared ot that of normal television and in fact appears ot be better certainly than that of my terrestial aerial. Of course costing £27.99 it only plays region 2 DVD's (Europe, Japan, South Africa and The Middle East) and is not at all multi-region. So no point buying a bargain in the US or Russia!
In case you have not guessed already I am more than happy with my cheap and cheerful purchase. It doesn't make the toast, it's not perfect but I wanted a functional DVD player for little cost and the Alba DVD45 is precisely that.