Product Type: Argos DVD players
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Cheap, but effective, DVD player from Argos
Argos Value DVD Player
Member Name: julwhite
Argos Value DVD Player
Advantages: Very good price, works just fine
Disadvantages: Doesn't look very stylish, limited features
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.
Summary: For a low to medium use DVD player this is worth considering
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