Product Type: Sony DVD players
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Worth Every Extra Penny
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Advantages: Stylish, Easy to Use, Lots of Functions
Well, this is a portable DVD player that's intended for personal use. It can be taken on holidays, it can be used in a hospital, it can be used on a train, plane or in the back of the car. It's not meant for use at home, unless you're intending on having a little something in the kitchen perhaps to keep you company while you cook. This portable DVD player has a 7" screen, so obviously it is intended for viewing up close by a solitary person, rather than shared in a group or watched from a distance. That's something to consider when buying a portable DVD player in general, as even the largest screens are still only up to around 10".
What really appealed to me about this player above the competition was that it boasted a five hour battery life. If you compare that to most other 7" screen portable DVD players in this price range, you're getting around 2hrs more battery life than the competition has to offer. If you go down a price range, to the £50 - £90 players, you'll only be getting around 2hrs battery life. That'll be fine for some, but not for others. I had a Wharfedale portable DVD player previously with a battery that died after only around 6m of use, so that was a contributing factor in hoping for a better quality battery in my new player.
The other reasons for my choosing this player were that it comes with a remote control (handy for fine tuning any menu options), the blue casing is pretty stylish (there are a few other colours available too), there is a USB port included, and of course the Sony brand name is a trusted one. So for these reasons, and the longer than average battery life, this is the player that I recently bought.
When I got my new player, I was pleased to find that it was extremely easy to use. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I only needed to charge it up for five hours, to get my five hours of battery life, so I was able to test the battery pretty soon after purchase. Sure enough, I had five hours out of this - a full film followed by several in-car cartoon DVD sessions for the grandson too. I think the battery warning symbol could do with flashing up a little sooner than it did (about two minutes before the player died!), but I definitely got a full five hours play out of this from one charge. Obviously, as with all batteries, I charged it right up and then ran it right down for the first use to maximise it's life.
The picture quality is noticeably clearer than my old Wharfedale DVD player allowed, and I can only really say that it's like watching a miniature TV screen. All the details are there, they're just scaled down to size! The sound quality is much better than my previous player had to offer, and I like that the volume covers a very reasonable range (from mute to 20). At full volume, you could easily hear the player in a noisy car without headphones. Though if you wanted to use headphones, you're spoilt with the choice of not one, but two headphone sockets! Great if you've got two kids sharing one of these in the back of a car or sitting on a train.
I'm especially pleased with how easy this is to operate. On my old player, there were certain functions that I could only access by using the remote control, as the player contained limited buttons. This player, however, is different. It has an arrow pad and a menu button actually on the player, so you can access and navigate your way around most of the functions without needing the remote at all. The buttons are all reasonably sized and effective at first click too.
The other plus points to this player are that it comes complete with a mains plug (for charging the battery or running off the mains), a set of leads for hooking the DVD player up to a large TV (good for caravan holidays!) and an in-car cigarette socket charger, which has a nice long stretchy cord on it so the player could be used in the back seats and charged in the front. You just have to tuck the wire around the passenger seat to make sure it doesn't affect the driver.
Finally, this player has managed every format I've tried so far. It will play computer downloaded media, it will load photos etc via the USB port, and it will play all manner of DVDs, CDs and VCDs too. It's basically a region-free player, whereas a lot of the cheaper players can only managed region 2 DVDs and shop-bought CDs. The only downside worth mentioning is that you can hear the disc spinning when this player is in use. But that said, it is considerably quieter than the spinning I had to listen to when using my last player! I think you'll find this with any player you buy to be honest.
This is a slightly more expensive player than a lot of the portable DVD players which have 7" screens, but it really is worth the extra money. This player is a reasonable weight and size, a very attractive colour, and obviously an excellent quality piece of technology. It's easy to use, it comes with all the accessories you need, and it'll cope with just about anything you could possibly want a portable DVD player to cope with. Five stars from me, I really recommend this and will happily buy similar products from Sony in the future if they're going to be like this!
Summary: Highly Recommended
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