It was the 2009 summer holidays and we were off camping for a few weeks. It's gets harder to entertain your kids as they become older. But what an ideal way to keep them quiet with a portable DVD player that you can take where ever you go. Normally our eldest watches his favourite programmes via the laptop, but this gets a bit much to carry around now. My friend recommended this product as she has two of them that have had a great deal of use over the years. Long gone are the days where a bat and ball or board game will entertain your child sadly.
So we ordered this one from Amazon.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX:
THE portable DVD player
DC 9V power adaptor
1 x AV Cable
Englsih user manual
Cigarette adaptor, 12v DC and pouch
The LCD screen is a good size - 7 inches and you can watch anything from DVD/DivX encoded movies, MP3s, music from your CDs and watch a slideshow of your favourite JPEG photo's. The screen is in 16:9 widescreen format and the colour is simply amazing. It's well lit and there's no cloudiness or banding. The sound is good although not that brilliant and you also have the option to plug a pair of headphones in by using the 3.5mm input on the front.
The battery last for 2 hours before it needs a recharge, which is pretty good, but I would have expected it to lasted longer. If you have a cigarette lighter in the car then you're sorted as you can plug it in without using the battery up. When the battery is running low you'll notice a warning light at the top left to the screen, which can be really annoying if you're still watching a movie. We did realise after a few months of owning this that you can plug a second pair of headphones into the unit via the TV output socket.
Navigating your way around the machine is ok but not brilliant as the controls are a little hard to see on the buttons.
Build quality is good but ours has since broke through one of the kids dropping it. Such as shame as the unit has had a lot of use over the years. Will definitely be purchasing another one next year.
Purchased from Currys for £60 5 years ago.
We have alot out of use out of these DVD players, so when ours broke I replaced it with this model. Seeing this Philips one in Asda with £20 off I snapped it up, having had cheap branded ones before I wanted a proper 'make'. They retail at £99 but I paid £79- at the time of writing Amazon are selling them at £99.
The techy bit:
Play movies, music and photos
DVD, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, (S)VCD, CD compatible
DivX videos, MP3-CD, CD and CD-RW playback
JPEG images from picture disc.
7" color LCD screen
16:9 widescreen format
Built-in stereo speakers
Up to 2 hours of playback with a built-in battery and car adaptor
I've had this for over two years now and it's still in good shape apart from cosmetic scratches on the top. The DVD player itself is stylish black plastic- the inner looking more matt. The screen folds down which makes this small and neat the whole thing is only about 8x6in, this also protects it. The hinges haven't snapped and aren't loose. The built in speakers are beneath the screen and are loud enough and the quality isn't bad. The DVD player has complete control buttons so you don't have to use the remote control (if you've lost it like me). I find these difficult to see as they are also in black and are flush. This is a rechargeable device but can be used plugged in although the lead is only short. On the side there are portals for the 9v charger, AV output and headphones, there's volume control and the on/off switch- a green light tells you it's on which turns red to warn of low battery. I wish the light was on the side and not the front as it can be distracting. To open just lift the screen up and then flick a switch on the front to flip the DVD lid open, this is still in good condition.
My son loves this he takes it in the car on long journeys, we have to plug it into the cigarette lighter as although the spec says 2hr playback the charge lasts less than this maybe long enough for a short film, normally it's watched indoors and plugged in. I don't know exactly how long it takes to fully charge it but it's hours rather than overnight. Sometimes he plays music CD's but not often when he does it sounds okay, but better with headphones (for all of us!).
Although the screen is only 7in it's big enough, the sound is loud enough and the picture quality is good enough. The DVD player is still working and in solid condition- I would recommend it. I'm giving it 4 stars because the control buttons are black and the battery could be longer lasting.