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When you are deprived of your laptop or PC, DVD player or stereo, or you require a compact and simple device to watch your DVDs on whilst on long journeys such as on a plane, train or at the back of a car on that tedious drive, then these portable players fill in very suitably. Since other companies have introduced newer, more innovative technological products on the market which offer the consumer a more complex choice of gadget, within an even more compact device,these portable players have fallen down the cool gadget league table; and so have their price.
I can think to a time when I was a child and DVDs were relatively new, and so were the players. These were going at about £300 and we moaned about the prospect if yet more modern change in technology and the prospect of spending more financiallu to keepup as well as having to move on from our VHS tapes! These portable can be picked up as cheap as fifty pounds now!
So this LG DP271 was bought a fair while ago in Argos but I had to praise its simplicity and longetivity up against all these modern iPads and so on, since I still use it often.
So this is not neccessarily a new piece of equipment, nor anything fancy as it is relatively simple and devoid of any real features and one may called it dated. Charmingly dated, though. However, if all you require is an easy-to-use no frills portable player with no complications, to play films and/or music, this is recommended if you can get hold of it; it's a bargain! I just had to put in a positive name on this little portable as it has served me well over a relatively long period of time. I turn to it in my moment of need (when I have no other music or film device nearby).
So I take the packaging off and remove the box's contents. What greeted me? Well it is a small, rectangular portable which is plain white on the top of the lid and shiny black on the rest of it. The LG logo and the words 'portable DVD/CD player' is the only black contribution to the white lid. The white lid is a strange design that probably shouldn't work but it actually looks rather chic and tasteful.
Open the player with complete ease and you have the screen on the reverse of the lid, which swivels 180 degrees to one side and can also be sat on top of the player with the screen facing upward, or tilted downward at a 90 degree angle. Underneath the screen is once again the distinctive LG logo.
On the body of the player are eight small buttons next to where you insert your disc as well as the button to open the disc part and a main arrow button to navigate the functions comfortably.
To insert either a CD or DVD, just hit 'push' and voila; it couldn't be any simpler.
The buttons on the body of the player cover the film watching aspects; screen brightness, screen size and the setup. There is also the option to flip the screen upside down in case you're watching with the player hanging on a piece of string from your ceiling!
Just underneath this are the power button as well as the usual buttons to provide simple navigation when spinning your CDs - stop, play, next, pause and rewind.
Sound-wise, it is okay. I find it is better quality in terms of the music rather than the films. I'm listening to an album as I'm writing this and with the volume at its highest, that can be scrolled up and down to the right of the player by the way, it is good. It's not tinny and shows off most aspects of the music very well, considering its size. I have found, however, that it has to be turned up all the way during the day when there are other sound distractions. Baring in mind, it is only a portable so you're not going to get the bass rattling floorboards beneath you and it won't provide party music with its internal speaker alone, but if you want some music in a small room or on a journey with your headphones, you'll be pleased with this.
Now onto DVDs. Well to test this to its authenticity, I shall remove the CD inside and replace it with a nearby DVD at this very moment: so on goes a good old DVD (North By Northwest just happened to be sitting lonely nearby). Within seconds of putting the disc in and closing the lid, I hear the famous production company's welcome jingle and am taken promptly to the film's main screen. I decide to play the film itself and as I'm watching the energetic opening sequence, the quality looks generally high and the technicolour in particular, is surprisingly clear and.vibrant. Cary Grant is as exotically tanned as ever; in fact he could give those WAGs a few lessons, according to my player's colourfully clear screen.
Sound is turned to its limit again, hence it sounds quite good and the score is coming through nicely.
Problematically speaking, I did struggle to read the very small text in the opening credits but that is not a major problem. Also if you are close enough the screen can be a little fuzzy but the colour quality makes amends. Along with that, whilst I am listening to every piece of the film's dialogue fine, there is also a television on in the room next door; now if I wanted to settle down with this film as my evening's entertainment, I would be unable to turn the volume up any more to drown out the distractions around me. So you may require headphones or a completely quiet background to enjoy a film to its potential, without straining yourself to listen in - especially if it is a film whose content is mainly spoken dialogue.
I have also been charging my HTC Wildfire via the USB slot in this - always handy, but it takes a long, long time!
Speaking of charging, the adaptor has an ordinary three point plug and the lead is particularly lengthy. My portable player is plugged in a fair way from where it is sitting currently. I have managed to move the player from its power source to about three quarters of the way across the floor of a good sized room. The adaptor itself is about halfway along the lead between the player and plug and features a red LCD charging light.
The battery lasts a fair time when you use the player as a true portable, but it doesn't have the longest life when put to consistent use; you are well advised to take your charger with you on your travels. You also get a remote control but it is a small player so there is seldom chance you will be a far distance from the player and require it.
All in all it has given me efficient use and unless it broke or I had any trouble with it (none thus far), I feel I have no need nor urge to update to a newer portable CD
or DVD player. It does seem the norm in the 21st century to be greedy and if I was, I would love a radio as an addition, even if it was an old fashioned AM/FM/LW radio. Seriously, though, this is a very competent little player.
I know it is old and there is better, but in such a financially challenging era, this may provide you with an enjoyable little bargain - they are listed on Amazon still but your best opprtunity will no doubt sit with eBay. Its adaptor and the remote control are still available to buy in those same online stores also. No fancy features, just does what it says it does on the tin!
Just bought one last June 2008 since it was the more affordable among the well-known brands. The image's quality's ok, but the sound can definitely be improved. However, after only a few months, the power adaptor suddenly broke down. LG's service center told me that it was only an accessory and was not covered in the warranty. It's not like that power adaptor was bought separately nor can I use the device without the power adaptor. Seems to be a very minor thing, but the player is useless without it. You can use the battery for long coz you need the adaptor to charge the battery. Now I'm sure LG has a good reason for creating such policies on their warrany. However, I think customer satisfaction is more valuable than what it would have cost them to fix or replace the battery adaptor. So, I had to buy a new adaptor which didn't have a warranty either.
An awesome piece of kit!
I owned a Portable DVD player previously and used it till it could cope no more. (lasted about 2years) When the DVD player broke, i decided I wanted to spend a bit more on one. Unfortunately the purse strings were unable to allow this, so back I went to looking in the Argos Catalogue. That was when I came across this one, the LG DP 271!
The unit itself is smart and the white coloured top on the lid, strangely looks like it belongs. I wasn't quite sure of it for a start, but it certainly grew on me, and it does break up the black. The picture on the screen in clear and doesnt flicker or get that weird sqaure effect if the unit is moved. The swivel screen is very handy, although it does only swivel in one direction. I often place it upside down on a shelf above my head when I am working on the computer! This is only possible as there is a 'flip' button which turns the screen upside down.
The screen can also lay completely flat for the more discreet watching, ie, on an airplane etc.
The sound is very good. much better than my previous DVD player. Its not 'tinny' and there is also 2 headphone jacks for 2 persons to watch. (great if you have kids!)
There is the option of using the remote control, but there are controls on the unit anyway, so i only use the remote if i really cant be bothered to move, or to adjust the pictured etc.
Overall I am so glad I did try Argos first! It only cost me £90, and it is well worth the money.