When we decided to buy a portable DVD player we just wanted a cheap reliable product and did not necessarily care about what the brand name was. I've only recently discovered Mustek in the past few years and the more I hear about them, the more I like their products.
The DVD player we bought was £85.00 when we bought it a couple of years ago. The same model is available now on Amazon for £69.98 and comes with a free harness or car strap. When I received my DVD player this was not part of the package!
Obviously now the model is a little dated, the newer portable DVD players are much slimmer and many have swizzle necks, this one is not and simply flips up like a lap top. It is a quite a chunky little thing and weighs 3KG, however overall I was impressed with the size of it. The screen is 7 inches and the whole thing is not much longer than it, it is quite a tidy small item. The main bulk of the weight comes from below where the drive is situated. The DVD player is around 4.5 cm thick.
The screen quality is excellent. It is an LCD display with excellent sharpness and quality of colour. The images are strong and the lines are crisp. The screen could do with being an inch larger to really have impact, it is just on the small size if you have a few people crowded round it.
The sound on the other hand is less impressive and if you turn it up, it starts to sound a little bit dull. Again, this is only a problem if you have a few people gathered round the screen. If you are watching it on your own, you do not need it too loud and therefore sound quality is not too bad.
The DVD player has a rechargeable battery that will last you for one film. If the film is slightly longer than a couple of hours then you may need to think about plugging it in while you watch as you do not want it to die before the ending. If you are travelling in a car you can plug it into the cigarette lighter as it comes with the appropriate lead for this.
On putting a disc into the drive, it takes a couple of minutes to load up. It also makes an almighty noise as it whirrs into action. Once it has loaded though, it tends not to make too much noise, however sometimes you do hear it whirring from time to time as it plays.
When you have the DVD player in the car, it is surprising resilient to all the potholes, I thought it would be forever skipping and jumping as the DVD got shaken around. The DVD player has an anti shock protection, which means your viewing does not get disturbed as the DVD player moves. Sometimes you do get the disc whirring slightly as it moves but the image on the screen hardly jolts or moves at all. In this department the DVD player is really successful.
The DVD player will play a wide range of DVDs from shop bought ones to downloaded movies on discs. The DVD is region 2 though and this cannot be altered.
This is a great little device and although we have not used it as much as we thought we might, it is still useful to have. If you do not have a DVD player you can plug it into your TV and watch your movies on a larger screen if you want, so there is plenty of scope for playing around. We have taken the DVD player on a couple of journeys and had some success with it. However since buying a lap top, we tend to use this far more as it plays DVDS and we have films stored on it, the battery lasts much longer on the lap top too and the screen is bigger! If we had children then this machine is perfect though, the buttons are easy to navigate and it is a really robust little machine.