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I've never been a huge fan of watching TV or DVDs either for that matter, and so have reached the ripe old age of 28 without having ever bought a DVD player. However, Mr Frank is a filmaholic and so it was grudgingly that I agreed £19.99 for this little one wouldn't break the bank.
'Little' being the key word. I really didn't want a massive hulk of a player taking up space! With a height of 3.8cm, depth of 23.0cm and width of 26.0cm it was the smallest one in the shop! I was also pleased that it has a one year warranty as I don't always trust cheap electronic devices. For the tecchies out there, this DVD player supports DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. Apparently it is also 'JPEG image playback compatible' which means you can use it to view images from a disk if it is a CD, VCD, CD-R or CD-RW. The player also has progressive scan which delivers high quality images. I must admit I have not seen any DVD player ever deliver any type of picture that leaves me feeling dissatisfied, so I don't think this really makes it stand out tfrom the crowd. Basically, these specifications mean that it does its job as a plain DVD player very well, but not much else!
This DVD Player also comes with a range of audio and video inputs (not that we've ever used any except for the scart socket which attaches it to the TV).
The Proline DVD1270 player has a Menu and Still/slow/search playback features. The screensaver is extremely basic, but I don't think that this matters as (hopefully) you'll have more interesting things to be doing with your time than watching it.
It comes with a remote control which has a lot of buttons on it that I've never used, and takes 2 AAA batteries which seem to be holding out well. I have found this remote to be temperamental and it sometimes will not turn the DVD player on, despite all the other functions working well.
The DVD player uses 6 Watts of electricity while functioning and 1.5 Watts when it's on standby.
I have been pleased for the most part with this DVD player. I don't think it's anything special but I did not expect this for the price we paid. It is compact and unobtrusive with a few key buttons on the right hand side of the box. It's also easy to use. My only annoyance is the temperamental remote control, although I'm sure I could take it back and get a different one, it doesn't bother me enough to motivate me to do this!
When I first saw this DVD player I thought that it was rather stylish looking, as it was completely black, with a matt finish, meaning that there will not be as many annoying fingerprints that cover it through average daily use. It comes as a similar set up to all major DVD players on the market today, with the DVD tray on the left and some basic control buttons on the right of the front of the player. The player itself is of average size in comparison to most modern player with height 3.8cm depth 23.0cm and width 26.0cm.
The player itself is capable of playing a wide range of discs including all types of DVD; DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. As with most modern DVD players it comes with JPEG image playback which enables you to view JPEG photo images from CD's. Again as with most modern DVD players it allows music CD playback ranging from VCD (video CD) to CD-R and CD-RW which have mp3's stored on them. Nothing really different here to any average DVD player then. The DVD player has the usual 1 SCART socket to connect the player to the TV nothing exciting with that then.
When switched on and no DVD is in the machine a screensaver is display as so to prevent any static image "burning" into the TV screen, not really such a big issue, only really an issue with rear projection TV's which are gradually being phased out with more modern LCD and plasma TV's. And the DVD player comes with a remote as standard.
So basically my opinion is that this DVD player is average. There is no features on this machine that makes it stand out from the crowd or and features that make it fail miserably. This player is quite silent when running in my experience and it is quite a reliable model. It is reasonably priced at around £30 and can perform as well as any other brand or model in its price range.
The picture quality from this DVD player is quite good, with it giving good colour, quality and sharpness. As well as the sound it gave a clear crisp sound and is well suited for both playing music and also it gives good quality sound from DVD's as well.