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I bought this DVD player as a replacement for a very, very old, garage-sized model that finally bit the dust about five years ago. It came from Asda and was the cheapest they had on sale at the time. I think I paid around the £60 mark for it; remember this was quite a while ago and DVD players have become infinitely cheaper since then.
The player is silver in colour and so complements my television and Virgin media box which are also silver. It is quite long - approximately 18" without cracking the tape measure out to be exact - but also reasonably thin meaning it is able to sit on the shelf under the television quite comfortably without taking up all the room needed for the other boxes. It has an on/off button to the far left hand side of the player, complete with indicator light, a reasonably sized display for showing the hours/minutes passed etc, an open/close button, a play/pause button and a stop button. All buttons are of a good size and would not be difficult to use by those of us with larger digits, the elderly, children or those with poor hand-eye co-ordination.
The DVD player did not come with a scart lead but a standard lead was purchased seperately at no great cost and connecting the player to the television was not difficult. No tuning-in was required as the DVD player simply overrides any channel being watched at the time. For this to happen my television does have to be set to a channel and not aux, I'm not sure if this is just how I've set things up or whether this is a standard setting however (I'm not overly technical!).
On switching the player on a Philips DVD screen is displayed and remains on the screen until you insert a DVD. This is acheived simply by presing the open/close button and placing the DVD on the tray. All very standard stuff - I have a tiny complaint in that it takes a fair while after switching the player on to be able to open the DVD tray. This is only maybe 5 seconds but it annoys me when I'm crouched on the floor waiting to put a disk in!!
The DVD player plays all DVD's with no trouble so far. This include DVD's, DVD+R/W, CD's, CD R/W, and also disks from other regions eg. USA DVD's (region 1). Playback is smooth and crisp with no jumping or sound lag experienced as of yet.
The player comes with a basic remote control and a universal remote could also be used. The display screen shows you how many minutes/hours have elapsed as standard and the settings can be changed to show alternative data, eg time remaining. The display also shows 'open' or 'close' as the button is pressed in order to alert you to the opening drawer. I was disappointed to find that the player won't switch off completely but, like many electrical items these days, will only enter a standby mode. This is annoying in these energy conscious times and costs money. I would have preferred for the unit to switch off entirely.
Overall a basic DVD player that appears to be well built and has stood the test of time so far - and it's had plenty of use! No major negatives, just a few niggles. Worth picking up if you're offered one second hand!
We have owned the Philips DVP3020 for a fair while now and there is a good reason why we continue using it despite newer models & technology continuosly coming out.
When looking for a DVD player, we wanted a reknowned brand for reliability, but were at the same time looking to spend as little as possible. The DVP3020 turned out to be a real winner as it ticked all the boxes. The price was one of the cheapest on the market which immediately attracted our attention. Above and beyond that, this DVD player proved to be just as good in performance.
Its DVD playback is faultless and the player can play a variety of disc types as well as DVDs. This means you can do things like looking at your photos or playing music. Blu-Ray is unfortunately not one of the formats that the Philips DVP3020 supports, but unless Blu-Ray discs come down in price, if you're anything like me, you won't want to splash the cash on a better format disc for no reason.
Last, but not least, this is an extremely thin and light DVD player which makes it compact and easy to fit into a small space as well as easy to move around or place on top of other hardware.