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So if you're looking in to picking up this DVD player you are obviously at the budget end of the market, as we were when we got it! When our last bells and whistles Sony DVD player gave up the ghost, I was in a quandary as to whether to dig deep in to my (unfortunately quite shallow!) pockets and opt for a Blue Ray player, or just spend the bear minimum to get the job done and still be able to watch a DVD every now and then. I figured that Blue Ray players were still yet to really crash in price, and also if you do want one you may as well cough up an extra hundred quid or so and bag yourself a nice shiny Playstation 3 (which can already play Blue Rays off the shelf).
Though I did try, alas, my wife would not go for the PS3 option (claiming it would quite rightfully lead to more expense when purchasing the forty pound plus games!) so we ended up with this modest little model. Well, Philips are an electronic brand I trust, and the specification all looked right for a DVD player; it plays 'CD,(S)VCD,DVD,DVD+R/RW,DVD-R/RW and MP3', so all bases covered there. The player is multi-regional, which I believe is a must these days when it is so convenient to pick up cheap imports of US discs (or even for rarities that have not come out in the UK at all). It also has 12bit/108 Mhz image processing, which according to the blurb makes everything look better. Well the picture quality I can say is spot on, and it features a sort of quality 'upscaling' feature in that it does a 'progressive scan' of the picture (techno babble for rendering both the odd and even lines vertically on the screen simultaneously rather than one after the other as normal). This again noticeably adds to the clarity of the picture even through a good old modest scart connection (which is all you are going to get on this model). So far, so good. However, I believe this also causes one little nag with this player that is sure to bug anyone. When watching a DVD and you come to a particularly 'dark' scene (not in the emotional sense, just basically any scene at night!) suddenly there's some jerky frame skipping going on, like you've suddenly dropped the DVD into slow motion. I think the image rendering just can't keep up with this progressive scan, (well that's my best guess anyway!), but is certainly annoying.
Oh well, you get what you pay for in this world I suppose. Everything else about the player is exactly what it says on the tin, and to be honest, it's pretty good for what you pay. The setup is a breeze, it loads discs nice and promptly and is not too noisy when spinning (have you ever tried to use a Playstation 2 to watch DVDs, now that's noisy!). It's robust; my toddler has had a few goes at pulling the DVD drawer in and out and so far the motor has held up well! It also looks sleek enough and is unobtrusive in black (obviously helps if TV, Sky Box etc are also that color mind!). Go for this DVD if you want something to tide you over until Blue Ray players become more reasonable is my best advice.
When I moved in to my new house after splitting up with my husband my friend very kindly gave me a DVD player to use. Unfortunately after just a few months it broke and so I needed to buy a new one. I needed something that wasn't expensive yet was still stylish and functional and so I headed to Asda where they often have good deals on electricals. It was there that I found the Philips DVD3310/05 player which was selling for just £30.00 at the time and I thought that this was a very reasonable price for a Philips model which was also a multi region player should I need it to be.
The actual DVD player came packed in a cardboard box and was securely held in place with polystyrene and wrapped in a plastic bag for extra security. Inside the box there were also instructions for use, a remote control and the batteries for the remote which I liked as all too often things require batteries these days but are not provided!
Upon removing the DVD player from the box I have to say I was very impressed with how it looked. It is all black and is quite slim line really and I thought it looked much more expensive than the thirty pounds I had paid for it. To set the DVD player up it was literally a case of plugging it in to the mains, attaching the scart lead and then switching it on so it would be easy for people to do, even those who are not technical with things such as this. I have my DVD player on a shelf in a TV unit which isn't particularly big and it fits well and there is plenty of space around it for air to get to it as well as I am always conscious that perhaps things like this could over heat.
What I like about the DVD player is that there is no led light on the display when the player is on stand by and so it would be ideal to have in a bedroom as there is no light shining and lighting up the room other than the dim glow of the stand by light. It is a shame there is no button to actually switch the DVD player completely off for energy saving though I have to say.
Using the player is really simple as you just need to switch the player on using the power button on the front and then press eject to load your disk. Now of course you can use the remote for this but I tend to just use the buttons on the front of the machine for this part. The machine is quite noisy as it loads the disk to be honest but not really significantly more than the DVD player I have in my bedroom and as soon as the disk is loaded the player is quiet as it plays the movie which is course what we want! The quality of the player is evident when playing DVD's as it is clear and does not lag or stop working randomly in the middle of a film for example.
A nice feature of this DVD player is that it can be used to play music CDs and also your photo disks as well if you have any. I haven't played photos through this player but I have played music through it when I am ironing sometimes rather than just sticking the music channels on the television and it is a good option to be able to have. You can simply flick through your songs using the remote control which I like.
Another feature of this DVD player, which is not something I have needed to use as yet, is that you can set it up to be a multi region player. I do not have any disks from other regions at home so it is not something that I have needed to do but there are instructions on the internet should this be something that you wish to do.
The remote control provided is simple but functional with all the usual play, pause, skip and such like buttons on there. In the two years I have owned this DVD player I have not had to change the batteries in the remote control which is obviously a good thing too. I would say it is important to keep hold of the remote as the buttons on the actual DVD player are minimal and so if you lose the remote there isn't a whole lot you can do other than invest in a new one!
I have been really impressed with this DVD player. I have owned it for two years now and both my son and I use it regularly and so for the money it has really been an excellent item. I like the fact that I can play music through it as well although this isn't something I do all that often. Having looked online for a current price for this product I can advise that it is not currently available but I would certainly recommend this player should you see it in a store somewhere as it has been excellent for us.
Thank you for reading my review!
I purchased this excellent DVD player from Sainsburys recently for the bargain price of £27.99 on sale, and am so far very impressed with what I have got for the money. Having paid a great deal more for my previous one, that did not last very long at all, I was not keen to shell out a great deal of money, and decided to go for quite a basic model. This particular player attracted me for several reasons.
What it does that makes it so good
Unusually for a cheap player, it plays a variety of different video formats. It is possible to watch JPEG photo CD's, so you could put in your CD of photos, and as long as they are in this format, (which from what I am told most are) then you can view them on your TV screen. It plays audio CDs, simply meaning all your music CDs and CD-R/CD-RW. This means that if you had something that you wanted to watch recorded onto a CD it would also play that. In fact it plays pretty much any format, so any self-made DVDs can be watched. It is also multi-regional. I have to say however that I have not had the unit long and so cannot attest to this always working, but it does claim so on the box and the user manual. Being multi-regional can be of more use than you may think. For example, In the past I have bought DVDs, especially boxsets from the USA on Amazon, or whilst there on trips, for much cheaper than in the UK, many standard players here would not play them, but this little beauty will. It was also very simple to set up, I simply turned it on, attached the Scart from the player to the television, and that was that. The player does not come with the scart lead incidentally, but if you are like me and have owned several electronic devices in recent times then you will have a spare one knocking about. If you don't however they are not overly expensive and can easily be picked up for just a couple of pounds. This setup highlights one of the best things about this unit, it is ridiculously easy to use. Even though I am not very tech savvy in comparison to many people my age, this unit has offered no trouble. The remote control is small and simple looking like the player, and any changes you may want to make, for example if you wish to adjust settings to wide screen TVs or for pan scan (with the sides trimmed) this is all easy to navigate through the setup button on the remote.
The look of the player
It is also a very good looking and sleek player, all black, simple but nice and very small and light. In fact the lady in the shop asked us if we were sure, it was actually in the box, it is that light. My last player was rather large and cumbersome, so this is a welcome relief, ontop of the fact that it cost, four times less. Saying this, my last player also had an inbuilt freeview box, but as many TVs come with them already built in, and the fact that these are so cheap anyway, this is not a feature that I was bothered about this time. I think any good review should try to include some criticism, but so far I have nothing of note to say.
It does not make the tea, which would be nice! On a serious note this is a very simple player in some ways, for example with my previous player I could record things and burn them onto cds, so this is not the player for techno buffs, but in many ways it is an excellent player and very good value for money, and if you just want a simple player that is good value for money..look no further. If I have any problems in the coming weeks, I shall update the review!