What Is The Product
It's a black Technika DVD player (DVDFAW08), it will play DVD, DivX, MP3, CD, JPEG. The player comes with a remote control (batteries not included) and an easy to digest user manual. No Scart lead is included.
On the front of the DVD player you have a simple on/off button, a light that has a state of red or green for on or off, an eject button, a play/pause button and a stop button.
My Opinion & Experience
I bought this DVD player from Tesco very cheaply for around £22 if I remember right, it was intended for my bedroom to connect to a TV DVD combo after the DVD had stopped working. The player doesn't come with a Scart lead which wasn't a problem as I already had a spare. Connecting it to the TV is simple and after plugging it in to a socket it came on.
I have had no problems with the player, it has played many DVD's with no issues at all, I have also used a few CD's on it and again despite some being a little scratched there have been no problems. Playback is smooth and the player responsive. The remote has a number of features that all half decent players will have, skip, chapter select, menu etc.
It is black and very slimline, looks just fine, very good in fact for a £22 player, only grips is no skip buttons on player itself, sometimes this could be handy.
A working DVD player, has all that most people will require at a price which will probably see some overlook it as cheap, that would be a shame as I would recommend it to anyone.
I recently got one of these dvd players. It was very good at first and i mean at first. I went to put in a dvd a few days after purchase and as i put the disk in the dvd player shut by its self. As it shut my dvd got scratched. I ejected the dvd and tryed to put in back in. This time it worked but the loading sign in the top corner stared flashing. About 30 seconds later it said 'wrong disk' so i ejected it. I then tryed the put a nother dvd in and it started to make a clicking noise. It did the same as the first dvd and said 'wrong disk'. When i ejected it the dick was exreamly scratched.
I took the dvd player back to shop to get it replaced. This time it lasted 1 week and then did exactly the same thing. I then took it back to the shop and was given a full refund. However they did not give me the money for the DVD's that they damaged.
I would not recoment buying the DVD Player.
We've got a small portable TV in the bedroom and we wanted to get a DVD player to hook up to it so that we could watch DVDs whilst in bed on a lazy Sunday morning. Shopping in the local Tesco Extra a few months ago, I had a quick look around their electrical section and saw this DVD player. But really caught my eye was the price tag - only £21.97. How on earth do you make, package up and sell a DVD player for £21.97 - and give it a one year warranty included in the price? I thought I couldn't possibly go wrong at that price, so I bought it there and then.
Out of the box, this DVD player does look nice and is very slim and has an overall black finish, with overall dimensions of 36cm by 25.5cm by 3.3cm. It also comes with a comprehensive instruction book (30 pages worth) and a remote control. Of note, the control does not have any batteries with it and there is also no SCART lead included, which is that lead with the big chunky ends that you will need to connect this DVD player up to your TV. But, at this price, I suppose they had to make some cut-backs and the missing items are only a few pounds more (as long as you don't buy from any of the main electrical dealers). But I would have been happy to pay a few pounds more for the player to have the batteries and the SCART lead included. That way, I could ensure that I had everything I needed when I got the player home and opened the box.
Spec wise this DVD Player is fully featured and will pretty much play anything that is currently available, but in particular, the formats stated are Xvid, MPEG-4, DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG, DVD-R, DVD RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW. It also has Dolby digital and a DTS output. The remote is also fully featured with all of the necessary controls to control the player, including the usual selections of fast forward, rewind, pause, scene select etc.
Setup is very straight forward. Just plug the player in, connect up the SCART lead between your TV and the player (single SCART socket on the back), and that is it. Put a DVD in and you're away. Note that it will only play Region 2 DVDs (which is basically Europe plus a few other countries). If you do have any problems, you can refer to the supplied instruction manual, which also has a helpful troubleshooting section in the back.
One of the problems that I did notice with the remote was that it appears to have a fairly limited range of arc - that is, you pretty much need to be in line facing the DVD player, or maybe a few feet off to either side in order to operate the player from the remote. Outside of that area and the player didn't seem to pick up the remote. Not too much of a problem if you pre-plan where you are going to sit in the room in relation to the player, but something to be aware of.
When connected up and playing a DVD, I found that the operation of the unit is really quiet. The picture playback is excellent - bright, crisp and clear. To be honest, I'm not really a TV picture quality connoisseur, where I basically just switch it on and watch. But in my opinion, I can't really tell any difference in the picture quality between this player and my more expensive Samsung surround sound system downstairs because they are both clear, vivid and crisp. Pause mode also gives you an excellent picture, and the player also has additional playback options by being able to play photo and picture CDs (with a JPEG format) and play your music files (in mp3 format) - if you didn't pick up those details in the above format list.
At the back of the player, you also have a pair of sockets which are used as your left and right audio outputs, which are ideal if you want to hook up an extra pair of speakers to enhance the sound from your DVD.
In summary, what you are getting here is a fully featured, slim, stylish looking DVD player that will play a multitude of formats, and also plays your photo CDs and your music CDs - and all that for only £21.97. You just can't go wrong.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided that it was about time we let my duaghter have a DVD player in her room . She already had a television and a vcr that had previously been in our living room, and would be quite happy watching Disney films I still have from when I was a child, but as her collection of DVD's has grown, she really needed a way to watch them in her room.
We didn't want to spend a fortune on something for a childs room, and we were delighted to see this Technika DVD player in Tescos for a little over £20. I find it amazing how cheap technology is nowadays, but I'm not complaining!
In the Box you get the player itself, a remote control, and instruction manual . We didn't realise at the time that a scart lead was not included, although this perhaps explains the cheap price. After purchasing a scart lead locally for around £5, we were ready to get set up . A quick glance through revealed that the manual was very simple to read, with clear instructions, a troubleshooting guide, and sensible safety advice . It was written in good clear English, with occasional illustrations for extra guidance . Having looked through, we then set up the player, which was really a simple matter of plugging in the scart and connecting it to the TV . The trickiest part of the whole process was finding a spare plugpoint!
The DVD player is plain black, and very small, taking up very little space .The disk drawer is on the front left of the player, andthere are a few buttons on the front - power, eject, play/pause and stop. For all other functions, such as skipping forwards or back a scene, you'll need to use the remote control . There is a small light that shows when the player is on (green for on, red for off) which helps prevent it being left running all night.
Playing DVD's (it should be noted that this plays region 2 only) is simple, with the DVD player being quite fast to get started and load the DVD title page . It can be controlled via the player itself, but only in a limted way, so using the remote control is more convenient, although I have found that to use the remote you really do have to point it right at the player, as it's not particularly sensitive. It is through the remote that all the advanced functions, such as subtitles, audio commentary, chapter skipping are accessed, although my daughter rarely used anything except the play, pause, and fast forward buttons . I would say the remote control is nicely laid out, and is certainly easy enough for my daughter to get to grips with .
The player is generally very quiet, although on occasion it does groan and whine a bit, but only when the disk itself is a little scratched and worn . It also plays music cd's, which is handy, as although my daughter has a CD player, it is battery operated and often out of juice, so it's nice that this can double up . It doesn't seem to like music disks written on the PC though , just the standard Cd's you buy in the shops .
Overall, as a basic functional DVD player this is good value, especially for a childrens room where it might get damaged . At only £20, there won't be too many tears should it need replacing, but so far, it is performing well . 4 stars
Recently my DVD player stopped working so I went in search of a new one. With times being hard I went searching with one main criteria, cheap. That search led me to Tesco's Direct where I found Technika. This brand is exclusive to Tesco's. At £21.97 it got my attention and I decided was worth the risk.
It turned up in a black and green box and was titled 'Full Length DVD player'. When I opened the box I found a simple, but acceptable looking black DVD player with a remote control, scart lead and instruction manual. The DVD player has only four buttons on it. Standby/On, Eject, Play/Pause, Stop. The instruction manual is 30 pages long and looks simple enough to follow. However I've never been one who has the patience for instruction manuals and surely you cannot go too wrong with a DVD player. Therefore I have plugged it in and attached the scart lead from my TV to the DVD player. First good thing, it did not disconnect my television picture, always a good start. A red light appears at the front of the DVD player showing you are in standby mode. Press this or press the red button on the remote to turn the player on. I should note that the batteries for the remote are not included so you will need two triple A batteries. Once you have turned the player on, a blue screen will appear on your television with a gold DVD Video sign and a DVD picture will appear on the right hand side of the screen. At this point you can put a CD or DVD in. Note the DVD will now show a gold/yellow light on the front panel to show it is on.
The picture played as clear as my television always does and the sound was also just as good as always. I always get annoyed when technology hums so I was pleased to note that when I turned the volume down on the DVD, I could not hear the player making any noise.
The remote is small and light with blue buttons in the middle of the remote. The play button is right in the centre although could do with being a little bigger and clearer. The remote also includes forward and rewind buttons, skip forward and back buttons, sub titles, pause, set up, menu, stop. It is easy to use although the buttons and writing are quite small making it easy to press the wrong button.
The technical details given for this DVD player are as follows: Compatible media formats include CD/-R/-RW/+R/+RW/, MPEG and JPEG. 1 Scart connection, AV Cables not included.
I ordered this product online in the evening and it turned up 2 days later. Tesco make a promise to deliver the next day (excluding Sundays) if you order before 12:00 noon.
I cannot comment on how long this DVD player will last as I have only had mine for a week, but so far I am very pleased with this product. It's not flashy and it doesn't have any surprise features, but it's extremely cheap, quiet, looks ok and most importantly it works. If you just need a simple DVD player for a good price, this is a great buy.
This player is excellent value for money and well worth the buy.
Last year my old DVD player I had in my bedroom gave up on me. I often watch DVD's in my bedroom so it was important I replaced it as soon as possible.
Being a student, money is quite tight so I was looking for a decent model but one that wasnt too pricey. I remembered that a few weeks before I had seen a black slimline DVD player in Tesco for just £22, therefore I decided to head to Tesco to see if they still had it.
Luckily, they did and if you are interested in this player you will be pleased to hear that they still stock it now and it is currently priced at just £21.97.
Personally, I think that for a slimline black DVD player this is good value for money. The fact that it is black means it fits in with many of the modern style TV's on the market.
Getting the DVD player home I was eager to set it up as there was a DVD I wanted to watch. It was a simple case of plug and play, I simply had to connect the scart lead and plug it in and I was ready to go.
The DVD player looks attractive, I think that it looks as though it cost more than £22 and I would be happy with it in my living room. The front of the player has an on/off button, an eject button, a play/pause button and a stop button. One thing I like about this player is that it has an on/off indicator light which is fab for me as im constantly leaving mine on by accident.
The DVD player obviously comes with a remote which makes it very easy to skip forward scenes and pause, the player picks up the remote from any angle which I find really useful as my old remote had to be pointed directly at the player for it to work. The remote has had a lot of use over the past year and it still looks good as new, the buttons still have all of their print on and are not at all worn.
When in use, the player is silent, my old DVD player used to be very noisy meaning we would have to turn the TV up to hear over it but this one is silent. A couple of weeks ago it did start making a bit of noise but this has stopped now - dont know what that was but it seems fine now!
The player plays the DVDs well, it never jumps or skips and there is never a problem with the sound either.
It is an easy player to use, the remote works from any angle and if you just want to watch the film it is a case of just pressing play. However, you can also do plenty of other things on the player including adding subtitles, controlling the volume of the DVD and changing the audio settings.
I think this DVD player was great value for money, it has been used at least 100 times and it is still going strong (touch wood). It looks good, it is slimline and a lovely shiny black player. It is perfect to watch DVDs on, if mine broke I might buy another but I would probably be tempted to upgrade to a blu-ray player!
We were looking for a DVD player for our bedroom rather than carting the one from downstairs around depending on where we wanted to use it so we headed off to tesco.We spotted this Technika DVD player and chose it as it was only around £22.
For our £22 we received our DVD player a plain black DVD it was quiet slim and through simplicity looked rather stylish matching our TV. We didn't have a lot of room so this was the perfect fit for our limited room as it is not too big. As we started to set the DVD player up we realized that no SCART was provided so we had to dig one out from downstairs that was not being used. This was a bit annoying but for £22 can I not really moan. Included was a remote which needed batteries and a user manual that was very simple to read and told us how to take care and use the DVD player.
At the front of the DVD it has few buttons which again for me is perfect I'm not very good with anything techy.It has a simple on/off button play/pause open and close just the buttons i need. Also a red light that shows if its off and a green if its on so it catches my eye and reminds me to turn it off.
Also on the left hand side at the front is the disk drive that you lay the DVD on to insert.On the back of the player again it maintains its simpleness just the Mains Cable, 1 SCART output and 2 Channel Audio Output for the RCA AV Cable. The DVD player is very quiet i have never noticed the noise of it in the background which for the price i paid i believe is good.It can play movie DVDS, audio CDs or photo discs on this player all with ease but again the manual is there if any help is needed.
The remote has a few functions repeat skip scene zoom etc but to be honest i never use these features so do not believe i should review what i don't know about. All i use is the open close play stop button and this does me just fine.What i can tell you is that this is a cheap no frills DVD player it works well does exactly what i need it too i have had it for just over a year now and so far had no problems. I would highly recommend this DVD player for anyone who simply wants to watch a movie.
I bought one of these from my local tesco store for £21 i think. I was not looking for any fancy features just something to play DVD's with (as my girlfriend had trouble using my ps2 for DVD's)
In the box you get the player, a remote and a installation guide. It would have been nice nice to have a set of batteries included in the package as i had to rob the batteries from a nearby alarm clock to get it started.
Also absent from the package is any kind of SCART lead to connect the player to your television, which again meant i had to swap the lead from my sky box until i had chance to get another.
I know batteries and SCART leads are cheap enough and are common household items but i am not the sort of person that has leads and things lying around the house nor are a lot of people. Admittedly i went to poundland the next day and got a 24 pack of batteries and a SCART lead for next to nothing, but it was a bit of a mess around.
Now picture quality was very good, though i am no expert which may mean that my opinion is more valid than a tech reviewer as i am in the demographic of everyday normal users. Average Joe.
Installing the player was simple, though the instruction guide has very clear instructions if you get stuck. I did not personally use them as i know how to hook things up but i asked my partner to look at them and try to set it up and she did so with ease, her only problem was getting the SCART end into the back of the tv (as its on an odd angle and takes some force). If my girlfriend can set it up then i assure you anyone can!
I hear people talk about bluray and high definition telly and how the reds are 37% more vivid and blah blah blah. I think that this player looks very good on my HD ready Plasma but then again i have seen demo's of bluray and can't really see much difference. I can see that the picture is a little more bright and colourful but this player plays DVD's and they look good, very good infact so it does the job.
I cannot comment on sound production as i have my tv hooked up to a set of technika 2.1 speakers, but playback sounded excellent, i am unsure whether the DVD player has any effect on this so i cant really make any judgement either way.
According to the manual the player supports various playback modes such as repeat and program as well as zooming and chapter select but i have never used these features as i generally put a disc in and press play as i assume most people will. The player can also play Photo CD's and music CD's which is quite handy and are features i have used quite a few times, my music sounds much better through my surround sound! It is handy to have photo playing capability as i had my graduation photo's on a CD so when my gran came round to see them i could show them on my 42" screen rather than have her squinting at my Laptop screen (she is partially sighted).
The player looks quite stylish in my opinion, especially next to my ps2 and black speakers, my only problem is that it makes my sky + box look out of place!
The design is preferable to the thinner and less wide DVD players i have seen and its length when combined with its black finish gives the impression of a high quality product (only you will know it cost under £25!)
I would say that if you want a player with bells and whistles you should look elsewhere, but even with a price tag of £21 is has quite a few features already, such as music and photo playback and plenty of play modes.
I think this player will fit all the needs of a general user who just wants to play DVD's and even the needs of someone who likes technology and wants music and photo playback, but for true tech heads (me not included)who want the best picture available, you may want to look elsewhere.
For some reason when terrestrial TV was turned off in my home any disc run off my DVD player would only display as an eerie green colour. Unplugging and moving wires about from the complex system of Sky+, V+ and Wii boxes I have installed had no effect - the green gremlin was there to stay. This meant it was time to invest in a new DVD player which I serendipitously purchased from Tesco Direct whilst searching for a new keyboard and Pilates mat - well at only £21.97 it seemed like too cheap a price to miss out on.
In the Box
For your £21.97 you will receive the Technika DVD Player, a remote control and a 30 page User Guide. You will have to provide your own batteries and SCART lead to connect your player to the TV which is a bit annoying - fortunately I had a spare one from my last DVD player otherwise I would have had to wait to connect my player until I forked out some dough for a new SCART lead.
Also if you want to connect your DVD player to an external sound system e.g. surround sound then you will also have to provide your own RCA AV Cable. The User Guide is very easy to read with clear instructions on safety and maintenance, how the DVD player works, installation and simple step-by-step guides on each of the functions which won't have you pulling your hair out in despair before setting fire to the guide.
This Technika DVD player is plain black and quite streamlined taking up very little space so is perfect if you want to keep it out of sight or have limited room. There are very few buttons on the front - only on/off, open/close, play/pause and stop so you will have to rely heavily on the remote control to operate the player. On the back there are again very few parts which keeps it looking neat - just the Mains Cable, 2 Channel Audio Output for the RCA AV Cable and a SCART output.
The disc drawer is located to the left on the front of the player and next to it is a large L.E.D which is an obvious red if the player is off or green if the player is on so if you're absent minded like me it is easy to spot if you've accidentally left it on. The senor to pick up the remote control signals is located to the right of the front of the player and according to the user guide it will only pick up a signal between a +30° and -30° angle which means you do have to point the remote pretty much straight at the player to get it to respond and this has caused my to have to shift my position to make the remote work sometimes which can be a bit frustrating - I guess placement of the DVD player in relation to your armchair is vital.
This DVD player has read only capabilities, will only play Region 2 DVDs and is fairly basic with only a few functions available - I guess the old proverb "you only get what you pay for" applies here!
As soon as you pop your DVD into the player it will start loading and will display the DVD's title page. From then on you will have all the basic functions you'd expect from a DVD player, with the special functions including Subtitles, Audio for DVDs that have audio commentaries available, Zoom, Searches on Titles, Chapters and specific times, Angle for special DVDs that were filmed from different camera angles, Repeat (and A-B), On Screen Display. There is also a Program function that will allow you to program up to 20 (including repeat) chapters to play in a specified order.
I know I personally won't use most of these functions but they are there if you want them!
Most of the time the player is very quiet, but for a few DVDs I've noticed the player seems to have to work extra hard and makes a very loud whirring noise which is a little distracting when watching, but I'm guessing because the player seems to be fine the rest of the time this is an issue with the individual DVDs and not the player.
Playing Audio Discs
You can also use the player to play CDs - just as with the DVDs they will automatically start loading once you've placed the CD in the machine. You can use the numbers on the remote control to select which track you want, or use the skip buttons. As with DVDs you can use many of the same functions such as fast forward/reverse, repeat (and A-B), Program and Search based upon time.
Playing Photo Discs
If you have a CD which contains photos on you can view them on your TV through the DVD player. Once the CD loads it will automatically display your photos as a slideshow. You can stop or pause the slideshow, and from the menu select just individual photos. You can create your own slideshows by using the Repeat button which will allow you to repeat a single photo or the entire contents of a folder (it would all depend on how organised your CD was). You can also manipulate the images by rotating them by 90° or 180° either way and zooming in by 25%, 50%, 100%, 200% and 250%.
I'm not sure how useful this function will be as in my experience most people will view photos straight from their digital cameras using a USB linkup which this player does not have available.
You can also customise your settings to suit your needs (this can only be achieved when there is no disc in the player) by using the Setup button. From here using simple drop down menus you can adjust the following:
* Language for the OSD, Menu, Audio and Subtitles
* Screen and TV settings such as aspect ratios, the screen saver, the TV system to ensure optimum pictures, brightness and contrast
* Audio Setup to adjust the mix of speakers
* Parental Controls and passwords
* Style of the menus
* Angle Mark which when on will indicate when multiple angles are available on DVDs
* Default which if you click will set everything back to the way the factory had set it
Pros + Cons
+ Streamlined so takes up little space
+ Very intuitive to use
+ Can play a range of discs including DVD, CD and Photo discs
+ Easy to read User Guide
- Remote control sensor range is quite limited
- No SCART lead or batteries supplied
- Loud whirring noises on some DVDs
This Technika DVD Player is simple and streamlined and whilst will only perform just the basic functions you'd expect from a DVD player it does it in a neat and reliable way. Those that want their DVD player to do more would probably be better off at looking at Multi-regional players, DVD Recorders or Blue Ray players, but at only £21.97 it is a cheap player and great for people who just want to play DVDs without all the frills.