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Having had previous bad memories of utter boredom on long road trips I decided i needed a source of entertainment that can keep distracted from the endless miles of motorway. i thought about getting a portable game console such as a nintendo DSi or a playstation Vita. But since i am not a fan of hand held game consoles i decided i needed a portable dvd player as they have a decent battery life, good picture quality and an endless choice of movies, documentaries and shows to watch. After searching for a while i found this great dvd player for around 70 pounds. the 7 inch wide-screen size is more than big enough to watch movies comfotably unlike smart phones where videos are slightly tiring to watch. the video quality is great as colours are rich and all the shapes are sharp and crisp. The brightness could be better because when watching a movie in the car the glare from the sun can spoil the experience slightly when facing the sun directly. The screen is not as robust to the extent I would have liked as it seems quite fragile when I am wiping it.
I liked the nice and classy all black plastic that this DVD player is made from as it can take bumps and is also quite scratch and smudge resistant as I hardly find myself wiping it with a cloth. The glossy round buttons next to the disk tray are also a cool part of the design. however, the the disk tray lid feels quite flimsy and weak as I have come close to braking it a few times. so handle the disk tray lid carefully. a great advantage of this material is that it is light which makes carrying it around and watching movies on your lap a piece of cake. the sound quality of the speaker is okay but at louder volumes sound becomes slightly distorted as the small speaker struggles, so a good pair of head phones would be great for quality of sound (and so you don't annoy the people around you!).
I have found that the battery life is quite disappointing as Lg claim its around 3 hours of use but realistically it lasts a full movie and a bit. but this is not a major problem as you can charge it in the car using the in car accessory (charger).
But my favourite feature of the portable DVD player is the USB connectivity which allows you to play music and movies without needing a disc at all. just plug in the usb in the port and off you go. This is a great feature as some higher priced DVD players don't have it !
verdict: buy or not ?
I would definitely recommend this to any one who detests the utter boredom of in car travel and is looking for a cheap piece of tech that will keep you entertained without costing you a fortune. Definitely a quality product for such a cheap price.