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Panasonic DVD L 50
Member Name: mohan
Panasonic DVD L 50
Date: 27/08/00, updated on 27/08/00 (113 review reads)
Advantages: small, beautiful and brilliant picture quality
Disadvantages: tinny speakers, cost.
The Panasonic L50 is a luxury, I agree. It ranges around £700 ( if you shop around on the net you can get it cheaper AND chipped as a multiregion player), you can get many home DVD players for half that cost. But if you're a frequent traveller and are stuck with the sheer lack of in-flight entertainment this is your ultimate gadget.Or alternatively if you have money to spare and fancy making your mates go green with envy...
The L50 is the middle range model of Panasonic's portable array. ( the latest is a L75 I think.. it is slimmer but more expensive) It weighs around 600 g ( without the battery) and is only 14 cm x 15 cm in size with a thickness just over an inch! You have to see it to believe it. The lid flips open to reveal a 5" TFT widescreen that provides a very clear picture. The colours are clean and deep, the contrast good and there is hardly any reflection. It reproduces DVD's picture quality very well.
There are in built speakers that can be a drawback. They are tinny and don't do justice to the Dolby Digital sounds of DVDs. However if you're mostly going to use headphones.. the sound is excellent. The onboard controls are efficient.
The battery last around three hour just enough for full playback of most movies (unless you fancy watching Titanic on long haul!) It snaps in easily and is rechargeable.The remote control is hardly the size of a credit card.
There is a AC mains adapter and also the TV out option. You can Hook it up to a telly and enjoy fullscreen treatment in a hotel room. the picture quality is not as good as some of the Home DVD players while on telly but beats VHS hands down.
What more, it plays Cds and VCDs without any problems.
Most suppliers throw in a a nice little pseudo leather case with a DVD wallet and a nice pair of panasonic headphones.
The portable DVD player is getting thinner and the sceen is getting wider but the L50 remains my favourite
little compact. I love the effect it has on your fellow passengers : when the rest are struggling to crane their neck to catch a fiercely edited inflight movie, there you are, watching your own latest blockbuster with all the special features.... go on, I know you're tempted.