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What can I say about the Hitachi PDV302 portable DVD player.
Well, it is a stylish slim line unit (less than 28mm high when closed) with a high quality 7 Wide screen display, it has a quoted battery life of 150 minutes, but in my experience this can be nearer to 170 minutes. From flat the battery takes 3 hours to charge, but the instruction manual suggests that damage can occur to the battery if left to charge for more than 4 hours.
The player is fully featured, it can be connected to a TV, a Dolby Digital decoder, it can be used to display external video and audio, it has 2 headphone sockets, and has a very nice remote control.
The Hitachi can play the following disc formats:
DVD-Video, Compact Digital Audio, MP3s, JPEGs, VCD 2.0 and it will work with CD - R/RWs
The unit can not play DVD-ROMs, DVD-RAMs or CDV discs.
What is it like to live with?
The player is used almost every day and it is usually in the hands of a 3 year old or a 10 year old. The unit has been dropped more times than I can remember; discs have been ejected mid movie, buttons pressed repeatedly, and it still works perfectly, and to be fair it looks nearly as good as new. I have used the unit away from home and it fulfils all my multi-media needs. As an example to save carrying Audio CDs around I have created a DVD which contains a few MPEG videos, my MP3 collections and photo albums. These can all be accessed and viewed by means of a Windows style browser built into the unit.
The player comes with all the equipment needed to watch movies in the car. It can be plugged into the cars power socket, and can easily be attached to the headrest of the car by use of the included case. The player has twin headphone sockets, and with Shrek-2 playing in the back both children are entertained for hours on long journeys.
The player can be set to remember the position of any DVD-Video that you have watched, and it resumes playback from the last point it was stopped playing from; I suspect that there is a limit to how many it can remember, but it seems to have remembered all the ones I have played up to now.
The sound quality is very good, and the unit is reasonably loud. However, the player does produce a very low hum through the headphones when on battery power and the sound is set to low. As the volume increases, or the unit is running from an external power supply, this hum disappears.
I would highly recommend buying this unit. It is very solid and reliable. I have owned the unit for over a year now, and given the abuse it has been given by the children, and the fact that it is used almost every day, it still looks and feels very good.