My boyfriend and I love watching movies, I have been a member of Love Film for a few years now and therefore receive rental DVDs through the post every few days. When watching DVDs downstairs we tend to play them on our Xbox 360, upstairs we play them on this simple Argos Value DVD player which I am reviewing today.
We picked this Argos Value DVD player up about a year ago, since the player was for our bedroom we felt we didn't need anything too fancy, we just wanted something cheap and cheerful that would play out DVDs. Argos's Value DVD currently costs £19.97,and I think we paid around that price for it.
The DVD player itself is black in colour and has a shiny appearance to it, looking at it now I have to say it still looks rather good and there is no noticeable damage or scratches to its surface. It does seem to attract dust though so I often give it a wipe over to keep it looking good. It is incredibly small and quite light, it looks quite cute and compact and fits perfectly on our chest of draws next to our TV taking up minimal room. For those interested the measurements are (H) 3.8 ( W) 22.5 (D) 23.5 (cm). It weights 1.3kg, I can hold it in both hands easily so its not heavy or cumbersome.
On the front of the DVD player is a power button which illuminated a red light when on stand by, the eject button and play / pause button along with the DVD draw itself. The DVD draw is opened and closed by pressing the eject button, the draw is quite thin and rather flimsy and I always ensure I am being extra careful when inserting / removing DVDs as I think it would break easily if too much pressure is applied. Still, we are yet to experience any problems with it and it has never trapped any DVDs inside.
A remote controller is also included which is very small and thin, it fits easily in the palm of the hand. It takes x2 AAA batteries, which seem to last forever - in fact I don't think we have changed the batteries since we first bought it. There are lots of different buttons on the remote, some of which seem to do nothing and some we have just never really needed to use. Of course there are all the basic buttons needed such as play, rewind, forward, stop, stop and menu. The buttons are all small and circular in shape, they feel slightly rubbery. I do find that the buttons need to be pressed quite firmly for the DVD player to pick up on it, but this isn't a massive problem. I have lost count of the amount of times the remote has been dropped or fallen off the bed, yet it remains in a great condition and the plastic has not cracked. For those interested the remote measures (W) 5 (L) 11.5 (D) 1 (cm).
The DVD player is very basic but we find it suitable enough for our needs. I think it works well as a bedroom DVD player but some might prefer something a little more flashy, especially if using as the main player. It is suitable for region 2 DVDs, so would not be useful for those who buy imports who would need a multi - regional player.
It is really easy to set up, one side of a scart lead is simply inserted into the back of the player and the other side into the back of the TV. There is a scart lead included in the box. There is no HDMI socket or RCA connection. The fact that it takes literally seconds to set up combined with its small size and weight means this DVD player is easily moved about and transported from one room to another. A few months back my daughter was poorly so we were able to quickly set this up for her in her room so she could watch some DVDs whilst in bed. We have also popped it in a suitcase and taken it away with us whilst staying in hotels.
The picture quality during playback is pretty good but I wouldn't say it was excellent, certainly not compared to the quality of playback whilst watching DVDs on our Xbox 360, but then the xbox 360 is connected up using a HDMI cable, not a scart, so perhaps this is the reason why. The DVD player has Dolby digital sound, we have found that the sound quality is great, it is clear and crisp. I would note that the DVD player itself is a little noisy and at times it makes whirring noises, whilst this doesn't really bother me it may annoy others.
If you are looking for a cheap basic DVD player then I would recommend this Argos Value DVD Player, priced at just £19.97 it is incredible value for money.
ARGOS VALUE DVD PLAYER
This dvd player is from argos and is only available from argos stores and argos online and costs just £29.99, It comes in basic packaging along with a remote control and instruction manual, It also comes with a 1 year guarantee but doesn't include a scart lead, so unless you had one already this would cost extra.
The dvd player has a basic look to it and has one scart connection at the back of the dvd player, On the front it has three buttons, These are play/pause, on/off and eject. The dvd player is region 2 dvds and also plays dvd-r/rw and dvd+r/rw, The remote control is simple and very easy to use.
I bought this dvd player around 6 months ago now and the reason I bought it was I had just moved house and my son's dvd player had stopped working, I couldn't afford to spend much and this looked ok with a good price tag, Since having the dvd player we have had no problems at all with it, it is used every night as he likes to watch a dvd before bed.
I do find though that it can sometimes be slightly noisy when playing, although to me and my son this isn't a problem.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a basic dvd player with a cheap price tag, I had no problems connecting it to the tv and can honestly say if you have used a dvd player and connected one before, which most people have then you don't need to even bother looking at the instruction manual
After my rather expensive DVD player of just under a year suddenly decided to stop working, I decided that I wasn't going to waste my money on anything fancy, and just get a dvd player that simply does what it's meant to - play DVDs!
As always, the first place I checked was Argos, as I have bought other items from their value range that have ended up working perfectly fine for a long time. I found this DVD player for a little under £20 at the time, and bought it without looking too much into it, as I have already grown a trust with the Argos Range.
The DVD player comes in a plain box with only instructions and a remote control. It is very simple in design and comes only in a plain black colour, and it is quite small, compared to my last few DVD players anyway! It is mains powered (as with most) and was very easy to set up. Simply plug it into power and a scart lead to the television, although you do have to buy a scart lead separately if you don't already have one. The DVD player has the actual DVD compartment and only three buttons on the front of it. These buttons are for power on or off, play/pause and eject.
It is worth noting that the DVD player only plays Region 2 DVD, which is pretty standard for any DVD player in the UK which isn't above at least £50.
I found this player very easy to use and it worked very easily. It does exactly what it's meant to do, which is play DVDs. I would definitely recommend it for the money.
Purchased this DVD player while I was unemployed and moving into a new flat. At the time I was looking to spend as little as possible, hoping for a product with basic functionality. This product fit the bill and has, for the most part, delivered well.
As I say, I didn't expect much, particularly given the price tag - less than some new DVDs these days. At times it is a bit slow to start up, and you need to press the buttons twice to get them to respond. Also it does not seem to like burnt DVDs, and tends to play them in slow motion, more often than not. Unwatchable, unless you're drunk...I've heard.
Occasionally that problem extends to original DVDs, which can be quite annoying. It's fixed by restarted the DVD player (once or twice).
At the end of the day, 85% of the time, the product does its job without incident. If you're willing to put up with the other 15%, given its price, it's a good buy, value-wise.
As a student, life becomes all about budgeting. You are living under impending financial restraints which limit your every spend, no matter how much you want/need a product - or a cheese burger. So when I went out in search of a DVD player I was looking for something well made at a cheap and cheerful price. As a result of my search I came across the 'Argos Value DV D Player' for an unbeatably low £20 retail. I had no choice but to give the thing a go.
Getting the package home I undid the brown paper surround and came across a standard looking box with a small amount of information inscribed about the product inside - just a few lines naming the thing. This was to be expected so it didn't bother me in the slightest. Opening the box up, there sat my DVD player - a very basic looking grey plastic box with an eject-able disk tray and three button controls on the front, nothing on the sides, and sockets on the back for the power cable and TV connectors (scart and S-video). For the money this is what I was looking for - simplicity from value. They haven't tried to over-complicate anything to make the product seem better than it is, it's exactly as the box sparsely informs.
Plugging everything in was easy - however there is an instruction handbook inside the box which helps those less technically minded (the ones more likely to buy the thing) get going. All the cables are supplied - all that is left to do is add a DVD. According to the handbook there are several versions of DVD the device can play (which was a surprise): DVD, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. I'm not sure whether these versions of DVD cover different nations or whatever but it's nice to know the machine can accompany them .
The controller is simple but effective. All the buttons are well explained (using small symbols), and the whole set up of the controller is easy to read and understand. The buttons are rubber and unresisting when pressed, and the plastic buttons on the actual player are more rigid but still equally easy to operate.
The device feels like it will last. I've got a feeling (partially from reading the handbook) that the thing might overheat easily if bits are left on top and underneath it, or it is kept in a confined, un-ventilated environment. Overall though, I can't fault anything else with the product, its easy to use, plays multiple types of DVD and can be bought at incredibly low value.
This review is of the Argos Value Range DVD Player, a basic low-end player.
I needed a new DVD player, but was just looking for a functional machine rather than one with more features, and which would have had a higher price tag. I saw this machine in Argos, and it was surprisingly well rated on the Argos web-site.
I've taken some information about the playback facilities of the machines from the spec offered by Argos, as I'm just content putting in standard DVDs from an on-line rental service. It is compatible however with DVD, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW. The machine has one scart cable connector, as well as a connector for S-Video.
The packaging of the DVD player is quite basic, with just an undecorated cardboard box, although this protects the player perfectly adequately. As well as the player itself, inside there is also a small instruction book as well as the remote control.
Technical aspects to one side, the DVDs which I've watched on this DVD player have played fine, with all the functions which I've come to expect from other players, and also watching DVDs on a laptop. I noted some reviews on the Argos web-site reported playback problems, but I didn't experience these. I suspect anyone that has problems with a number of different DVDs would find that Argos would be willing to replace the player however.
Looks wise, this machine is very basic. The Argos web-site also seems to have a grey DVD player, but the one which I have is black. At first sights, the machine looks quite unrefined, with a quite bulky rectangular design compared to other more refined and sleek DVD players. At the front of the player, the slot for the DVD is at the centre with just three small buttons, one to play, one to eject the DVD and the other to turn the machine off. These buttons feel quite robust, and although might look clunky, operate just fine.
The machine is a little noisy and although it makes more noise than my previous DVD player, it is no louder than playing DVDs from my laptop, so the noise isn't really a problem or intrusive. I sometimes worry that louder DVD players might be damaging the DVDs themselves, but this didn't seem to be the case here and none of my DVDs were marked at all.
The remote control wasn't great, sometimes the player didn't register what I had pressed, so this might be a problem in the longer-term. It was easy however to use the remote control and to use the various functions on the DVD player, such as fast forward and menu option choices.
The DVD player actually feels quite robust, and it's hard to really see how a company can make money from making these, bearing in mind the 20% VAT that is included in the price. I would guess that the components inside might not be as well-made as more expensive machines, but realistically, if this does break after the one year guarantee offered by Argos, then at least it's an inexpensive item to replace.
As a DVD player for kids, or for a second machine, this would definitely be an ideal machine. I don't use the DVD player heavily, but I think if I did, and it was my main machine, I would be tempted to buy a more expensive machine, but for a low use DVD player, this certainly seems more than sufficient.
The machine retails for 19.97 pounds on the Argos web-site at the time of writing, and this price is available both on-line and also in-store. I saw a few second hand machines on eBay, but by the time postage is taken into account, it might not work out cost effective to buy in this way.
Also at the moment, if you buy the DVD player from Argos you can also pick up a half price Belkin scart cable or Bush scart cable. Argos isn't always the cheapest places to buy these, but at half price, it's a more acceptable price, for example, the Belkin scart cable is usually 12.99 before discount.
If you want a better guarantee on the machine, a three year replacement insurance is available for 6.99 pounds. I don't bother with these on low value items, it's easier to replace the item sometimes than go through the hassle of getting it repaired, finding the documentation, and so on. However, for those that are interested and want the reassurance, it's not too much to pay.
I'm sure that there are some more advanced functions which this DVD player doesn't have, but any user who wants such facilities as HDMI upgrading, upscaling technology and so on, this probably isn't the machine. However for the price, and for simply watching DVDs, I'd recommend this product as representing superb value for money from Argos.
After my old dvd player (which I'd had for about 7 years) died a death, I decided to replace it. My previous dvd player was just a cheapo tesco value type one which cost me under £20, since it had served me well and I had no need for a fancy pants expensive dvd player I decided to try this argos value range one.
I picked this up at my local argos store and it cost me £19.97, I bought it because it was the cheapest dvd player they had at the time (looking at the website now you can pick up an alba dvd player with 1/3 off for £15.99). It came securely packaged in a plain cardboard box, with instructions and the dvd player itself is just plain black coloured. Of course it won't win any style awards, but if you are expecting to buy a dvd player and still get change from a £20 note, then you wont really care how stylish it is, I certainly didn't anyway.
The dvd player is relatively small and compact, much smaller than my last dvd player, it measures approx 22.5cm across, 23.5cm from back to front and has a height of 4cm. The dvd player is mains powered and has a power cable approx 1.5m long, not the longest in the world but as long as your power socket is near by it shouldn't be a problem. The dvd player has one scart socket connection (worth noting it doesn't come with a scart cable), a component video socket and an s-video socket (I connect it using the scart socket so cannot comment on how well the other connections work). The dvd player comes with a remote control (which is also black) and it has 3 control buttons on the front of it (on/off, play/pause and eject disk). The remote is really easy to use with an on/off button, fast-forward/rewind, skip chapter, menu ect, all the different buttons you would expect to find on a dvd remote. The dvd player plays region 2 dvds which is the standard type of dvd you get in the UK.
I use my dvd player with my 14" tv in my bedroom, I can't get television reception in there so I just watch dvds on it. The picture and sound quality is perfectly fine, although it is used on a small television so I cant comment on how it looks on a bigger screen, I did check out reviews on the argos website before I bought it and most people had good things to say about it (it has over 400 ratings!). My only slight problem with this dvd player is that sometimes (especially on my peep show dvds!) it just randomly starts playing all the episodes before I have told it what to do, its easy to just skip back to the main menu and tell it what episodes you want it to play and it doesn't do it all the time, so not a massive problem. My old dvd player used to have the subtitles on as a default, so I'm used to dvd players doing weird stuff to me.
All in all I would definitely recommend this dvd player, it is really cheap, easy to use and works well (except for its weird playing all episodes blip), I didn't expect the worlds best dvd player as it cost so little, but what I did get was something that works well and it extremely good value for money