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The name sounds familiar, right? Well if you shop in Tesco or have bought any Technika products then that's why it sounds familiar; Tesco sells Technika brand products, some of which are TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players and digital radios. They probably sell a lot more but off the top of my head these are the items I can think of. I've noticed that the Technika brand updates their products in line with what's popular but that they tend to follow a Tesco pricing strategy; selling cheap, but not stocking high or providing sub-standard items.
When buying Technika products from Tesco it is Tesco who will deal with any issues with the Technika products, through their customer helpline.
With all this in mind I have to say that I've never had a problem with Technika products and have certainly never had any issues with this product. I remember when portable DVD players came onto the market, starting at around £200 for the most expensive, high quality and going down to £89 for the cheapest and cheerful. I couldn't tell you what this cost new as it was given to me by my brother :).
These days I use it if we're going on a trip somewhere for hours on end and stock up on DVDs for my son to keep him from getting too cranky on public transport. I've had a portable DVD player before that played like a dream but the volume always seemed low on it. With this DVD player volume isn't an issue at all, it goes up full pelt and even at the maximum volume is loud enough that you wouldn't want to have it at this level if you're on your own. The machine itself comes with a black, glossy finish that works better than my previous WHITE DVD player (I ask you, who thought of that one?!) as these things tend to be handled an awful lot so black is the ideal finish to have. The player also has the basic play, fast forward, stop and rewind buttons on it and comes with a small remote that will probably be very easy to lose ;).
There aren't many 'features' to this player - it does what it says on the tin. It plays DVDs and CDs, keeps children entertained and keeps adults enthralled, too ;). It is definitely on the smaller end of the portable DVD player line, but this isn't really noticeable when you're close to the screen and as this is designed for portable use then you're probably not going to be too far away from the screen so I can't see it being much of an issue. Picture quality is decent - clear, crisp and everything you'd expect.
The battery life is decent on this, at around 5 hours or so when fully charged, and is a good travel companion. I wouldn't say this is a 'must have' item as most tablets and smart phones have the capabilities to now play full length movies so DVD players are being made a little redundant by these devices...however if you don't own a tablet or smart phone then hey, why not have a portable DVD player. After all they're far cheaper than a tablet or smart phone! I don't find myself using this item an awful lot these days as we do tend to use our tablet when we're traveling but it's nice to have it around, fully charged, if we did need it as a back up either when traveling or stuck indoors. Overall I'd give this item 5/5 because although it's not an essential item it does perform very well and has lasted me years.