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      12.07.2012 12:28
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      Cheap dvd player that does what its supposed to

      When we moved into our new house we couldn't get a tv signal and so I sent my other half out to go and buy us a cheap dvd player so that we had something to watch. He came back from visiting Tesco's with a dvd player under £10.00, I was totally surprised as I thought we would at least be paying £15.00. Its not the best looking player in the world. Its a bit chunky for my liking as I prefer mine to look more slim line. Its quite a nice silver colour, so it does look quite modern. I also liked that the buttons were quite chunky as sometimes I find the smaller ones a little bit fiddly. It comes with a remote control which although sounds good isn't really. This is due to the fact that you hae to stand two foot in front of the player to get it to work. Being this close you may as well just press the buttons actually on the player! Another annoying thing about this is that when you play dvd's on it it makes quite a loud humming noise and so this usually distracts me for the first couple of minutes that I am watching a film until I forget about it and it eventually becomes background noise. It plays both dvd's and cd's which is good as I like to show family and friends photos on my television which I have put on to disc. Overall it is a decent dvd player. It does what it's supposed to as when you play dvd's they are nice and clear. So all in all for under a tenner you can't complain!

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      08.04.2012 12:21
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      A good reliable little DVD player

      I bought this DVD player roughly 2 years ago for under £10 I needed one for uni, I had a really old tele in my room that played video tapes! I didnt have any video tapes, but had a hug collection of DVDs that I wanted to watch to pass the time, I used to watch them on my laptop which wasn't great due to the tiny screen and poor sound quality. I went into the tesco extra near my uni halls looking for something cheap, I didn't expect to be able to buy a DVD player for under £20 until I saw this little beauty. I didn't care what it looked like, I just wanted to play DVDs when I was bored. ---- what does it look like? ------- It is silver, quite compact and will fit into quite small spaces, it has a play and stop button on the front with an audio jack too. It's nothing special to look at, maybe s bit taller than others out there. But for the price. Looks don't really matter! ----- Does it work ---- It works very well, you simply connect it to the back of your tele, find it through your tele menu! Rather simple. It's very easy to use and it does come with instructions. Not sure if you need them because it's not hard to install. Mine still works well and I have it in my room at home! It still gets a lot of use too :) It does also produce a good picture onto the tele :) ----- price ---- I think it's hard these days to find something this cheap, that actually works well. For around a tenner you can't go wrong. I would even pay a bit more for it due to how long it's lasted and it still works. It's definitely a bargain, I'm so happy with It. ---- who needs it? --- Anyone can use It, I think it would be great to put in your kids rooms as there first DVD player! Most teles these days come with an inbuilt DVD player, but if you have an older tele and dont have the money to get a new one, just buy one of these, you will be surprised at how good it is. ----- overall? ---- It's nothing special, but does do a very good job. You can't really complain at the price, it works and it isn't too much of an eye saw! It's perfect and I love mine :) Thanks for reading, hope this helped. Josh :)

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      29.12.2011 23:28

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      Good budget dvd player that looks good and works fine

      I bought this as a quick buy when my old dvd player broke, It was bought soley because it was the lowest cost dvd player we could find. It was small, light and compact which was good as we don't have much space for anything bulky. It looked modern enough and you wouldn't have known by looking at it that it was a kow cost player. It was very easy to set up- although didn't come with a scart lead- however thankfully we had one from our previous player. The dvd player worked fine however we play dvds in our house ALOT and found that we had to replace it after about a year but we do use our player everyday sometimes for hours so for the cheap price this was hardly surprising and it lasted much longer than we thought it would- in fact we just replaced it with another one exactly the same as we were pleased with what we got for the price. I certainlly wouldn't buy an expensive player again!

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      23.04.2011 02:37
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      Not great

      I got this DVD Player to go with my new TV a few weeks ago. I didn't want to spend alot of money on one as i rarely actually watch DVD's, so the price was the reason why i bought this, as at £18 it was extremely cheap compared to other dvd players available. The DVD Player is silver and nice and neat, although certiannly nothing special. Size wise it's not as big as your average dvd player. Looking at it you can't tell it's a value product but you can tell it's not a top of the market product either! It comes in the usual tesco value blue and white striped box which includes a remote control (batteries NOT included), and instructions, aswell as the actual dvd player. I bought a scart lead seperately and connected it to my TV easily, within a matter of minutes. It has a simple display of options on the box; a big on/off switch (labeled power), open/close switch and a play/stop button. To watch a dvd you first press the power switch and then the open button. Insert the DVD and it will say 'load'. Mine takes anything from 2-5 minutes to load the DVD and is extremely loud. Once the dvd menu appears simply select play on your remote and it will play. The loudness of the dvd player is usually drowned out by the sound of the DVD but it can get annoying! The picture quality from the dvd player is good, no different from the picture i get from my virgin media box. It's very tempermental and sometimes starts skipping parts of the films, turning itself off or even going dead for a few hours. This happened last night and actually stopped 20 minutes before the end off the film which was extremely frustrating and has made me decided to buy a new one. I'd only had it for 3 weeks and although it was £18 which i admit is cheap for a dvd player it was lacking in quality, reliability and i'd of rather purchased one for £40 which would last for 5+ years! Even the remote decides when/if it wants to work and it is simply frustrating when you can't turn the dvd player on/off etc. I wouldn't reccomend this dvd player atall, unless you're aware of the problems and don't mind taking a risk. Yes it's cheap but the quality is majorly lacking..

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        13.12.2010 12:11
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        A good basic DVD player.

        When the DVD player my granddaughters' use broke down this time last year I decided to replace it with something cheap and cheerful, my reasoning being that it is only used at weekends and it seemed silly to spend a small fortune on an up-to-date machine. I needed one rather quickly as at the time they had several Christmas DVDs they wanted to watch and, frankly, I didn't particularly want my television in the living room taken over by children watching anything festive they could get their hands on. The Tesco branded 1030 DVD player was the first one I saw within the very small budget I had set myself, in fact I was rather surprised at being able to afford a new DVD player of any brand within this paltry budget and was expecting to purchase a second hand machine. The one I have here is an actual Tesco DVD player, not Technika, although Technika does now produce the majority of the electrical items available in Tesco so I suspect they may now have their name tagged onto the machine somewhere. Costing under £20, you will probably (rightly) thinking this is going to be a rather basic DVD player. It is, there is no display on the front and the remote control provided with the machine is extremely temperamental. There are other slight niggles too, which I will get to in the course of the review - however, for me the lack of a display is rather more irritating than it sounds and certainly the issue which would prevent me re-purchasing this specific model. Looking at and touching the machine you will not be fooled into thinking this is an expensive product, it feels badly put together and rather 'cheap'. I suspect it wouldn't cope with being moved around very much so I would certainly recommend you find a home for it and leave it in place for as long as possible; in fact one of the output sockets on the back of mine broke within a week or so of purchase, the only reason I didn't return it there and then was because I had already decided to use it with a SCART lead and had one to hand all ready to be plugged in. The DVD player was very easy to connect to my television with absolutely no problems, it found the relevant channel immediately and was then just a matter of fine tuning the television itself to give the best possible picture and sound quality. I have had no problems with the picture this machine provides and the sound is also excellent, if a little 'buzzy' when attempting to play copies from certain cheaper blank discs - which is almost certainly a problem with the discs as opposed to the DVD player. From the outset I realised this was going to be a rather noisy DVD player, it intermittently whirrs during playback and this can become rather irritating if you are trying to watch a quiet film. I attempted to watch The Changeling on it recently, but as this is such a quiet and 'moody atmosphere' film I found the whirring very off-putting and ended up taking the disc out and watching it on my more reliable living room machine. Having said that, the more raucous films my granddaughters' watch tend to drown out any noise made by the DVD player itself so this hasn't proved to be too much of a problem. This DVD player will successfully play a wide range of discs, running the gauntlet from original films through all the combinations of home recorded discs you can think of. My eldest granddaughter informs me it is not compatible with MPEG4, but I am not technical minded so have absolutely no idea what type of media this would encompass! It does, however, have a socket whereby you can plug an MP3 player into the machine and listen to your music through the television - this may come in handy for some people, although personally I wouldn't know where to start! As I mentioned earlier, the remote control is at best temperamental and at worst utterly useless. For a start I have never known a remote control use batteries as quickly as this one does, even Duracell batteries don't last as long as they should and this is with only weekend use when my granddaughters' visit. A recent packet of Poundland batteries were drained within two weeks, which I find utterly bizarre considering the remote control for my main television has been powered with these same batteries for almost a year now (I remember replacing them on New Years Eve) and is used far more regularly than this Tesco remote control. Anyway, this is now a moot point as the remote barely works at all. Several of the rubberised buttons have fallen off and at least three no longer work, including the 'play' button which absolutely renders the remote control useless. I have taken to using the front of the machine to work the DVD player, so luckily it is well set out with highly visible buttons as otherwise my poor old eyes wouldn't be able to manage even this! Despite the few problems I have had with this DVD player, I still highly recommend it. Not to everyone perhaps, and certainly not as a 'main' component to your entertainment system as the quality is just not there. However, for a child's bedroom or perhaps a DVD player in your kitchen it would be ideal - although please do bear in mind the fact that the buttons may work themselves loose on the remote control so I wouldn't advise allowing a very young child to get hold of it due to the possible choking hazard.

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          31.07.2010 11:34
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          You get what you pay for

          This dvd player was donated to me by a family member and I think I now know why lol. At £6 you can't really expect a huge quality electrical product can you thats the reason its so cheap. I usually play dvds through my playstation2 however that has been playing up lately so I have have started to use this instead. The dvd player has a scart function at the back and is easily linked to your television. The player has a big on off switch on the front and open/close, play and stop and comes with a remote control for dvd option selections, this frustrates me because I am always loosing remote controls and if you want to watch a dvd which has episodes on there is no way of selecting which episode you want to watch without the remote, how come we can't just operate things without them like the good old days!! Anyway the dvd plays dvd / cd / cd-r and cd-rw discs so if you like to put photos on cds you can view them through this player share them with others. The thing is when you put the player on it seems to whir into action sounds like a little toy helecopter hiding under your tv. Its very noisy and when you put a dvd in it gets worse. It will play dvds and the picture quality is ok average for dvd players nothing amazing though, but you need to make sure there are no marks on it before it goes in else it hates it starts jumping around all the over place. For £6 you can't really grumble but I do need to get another one for the front room as I can't cope for much longer with the noise it gives off.

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          26.07.2010 00:15
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          You get what you pay for!!

          I purchased this DVD player from Tesco when I finished university around three years ago. At the time I had just started working in my graduate job and had moved out of university accomodation so when I got my first paycheck I decided to buy a new, expensive TV! Unfortunately, I had used my X-Box as my dvd player for my university years BUT it decided to pack in......so I bought this little gem from Tesco for what I think was around £9 (ish). I had made the decision to purchase a very, very cheap DVD player as I had spent a fair whack on my TV. I am a big believer in the old mantra of 'You get what you pay for'. I shouldn't really have expected much for £9 to be honest. My DVD player was basically a side show as I had gotten Sky to go with my new TV so the plan was that I would always have something to watch and I wouldn't really need the DVD player. However, I ended up using it quite a bit and for around £9ish, it was an average purchase. The picture quality was fairly non-existent. When you put a DVD in and it loaded up, you could clearly see what could only be described as a shadow (or something resembling that) that kind of interfered with the quality but it was only noticeable up close so it wasn't really THAT annoying to be honest. Overall though, apart from that, it was ok value for a short-term stop-gap for watching DVDs. It was fairly easy to both install and use, which has to stand in its favour. However, after about a year, I moved flat and around two months into my stint in the new place, the DVD player just packed in! It literally just stopped working. I remember the night vividly - I had just come in from work after a really, really agitating day at work. I had popped into ASDA on the way home to buy some food and a cheap DVD to watch to calm me down (you can see where this is going! LOL) I went to put the DVD on while sitting down to my dinner and it wouldn't work, so, in my frustration, I brought the DVD player out to the balcony, stamped on it and then calmly placed it in the bin. Tesco only guaranteed it for twelve months so there was no-where else it could go really. All in all, not a bad price for a DVD player but ultimately, you get what you pay for. It wasn't all the bad while it lasted, but certainly not at all great. If you are a student looking for a cheap DVD player, go for it. Anyone else should buy more expensive. It will be worth it in the long run. £9 for 14 months of DVD player.....you can make your own mind up on whether that is good value or not. You could argue either way on that one. I am going to give it two stars from five. Fair enough rating I think.

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            06.07.2010 12:30
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            A great little DVD player that has only minor flaws

            My boyfriend bought this 5 years ago, on sale, for a measly £6 in Tesco, as a random impulse buy because he didn't have one. It still works!! When I was a bit younger I won a competition and received a TV with in-built DVD player into it, and I thought I'd be sorted for life. Then when I stayed at my boyfriend's I noticed his little DVD player; a Tesco's own no less. It's a simple machine, silver in colour as are most, your DVD slot quite noticeably taking up most of the front of the player with its little flap stating 'DVD' covering the hole, 3 buttons so you can manage it if you lose the remote (like I did...), and an oval Power button in the bottom right hand corner. Everything you need for a simple enough set-up. I wasn't there to witness the initial setting-up with the TV as I've only known him for 3 years, but when it came to our Uni house with us I realized just how easy it was to set up a DVD player, this one especially. My parents have a fandabbydosey one that records things off Virgin and burns films and shows onto discs and hard drives, but that broke quite quickly so I've avoided any type of DVD player except my trusty combi one, which incidentally has never broken. Tesco's DVD player comes in a blue and white box, so I'm told, with 'Tesco' written clearly all over it really! Pull it out, get rid of the wrapping and you're ready; plug the cable sticking out of the back into the TV, plug the plug into the wall, switch it on, find the right channel (usually AV for us) and away you go! The TV will sit on a blue screen for a few minutes while the DVD player reads the disc, but then once that's out the way and it decides it wants to play it you can start watching your film. It all sounds so simple doesn't it? It was, and still is, a very good DVD player considering the price and the state it was in when I first saw it. It's been through a lot too, moving from one house to another to yet another - sturdy little thing! Though not without its problems, as with any DVD player, I don't think we'll be upgrading any time soon. The problems we've had are only few and minor; it doesn't really play scratched discs very well and has a tendency to jump, but most DVD players do that and for the price of this I can't really complain if it won't play a broken disc, that's why it was called 'broken' in the first place! If something, anything, is sitting on it, be it a book or a box of tissues, it also disturbs how the disc plays. We had a small TV sitting on it for the first couple months, but noticed that it would skip randomly and sometimes freeze completely until we took the disc out and plopped it back in, interrupting the film and sometimes getting annoying if it did it more than once. We couldn't figure out what was going wrong. After getting a new, bigger TV, we had to put the DVD player next to it and it hasn't given us problems since. It was just as easy to set it up with a new TV too; plug it in and away we go! Personally I think my boyfriend was stupid paying that much for something like this, and I think it does show just looking at it how cheap it is - standard grey colour, 3 buttons on the front, small remote - but the fact it's lasted 5 years gains a lot of credit with me as my parents' amazing one didn't last 5 months! They're still having trouble with it now even after trying to get it fixed; most it'll do is play DVDs, ignoring all its other functions completely! This little thing has kept going though and looks to keep going for a while longer. The same just can't be said for the remote though; I wouldn't know where to start with that. The buttons fell off easily when I first started using it, but of course that would mean it took 3 or 4 years for that to happen so maybe expected. If the buttons weren't falling off they just weren't working, and I'm sure the hamster chewed one off when it escaped. If not, it's not suitable for kids as there are definitely chewable parts. It also ate batteries up like nobody's business which is why we stuck to using the controls on the machine, we just couldn't afford any more! It got lost in the move to Uni anyways, but it's not like we miss it. We have an Xbox now so it does rarely get used, usually saved for when my brother stays and wants to watch a film so it's set-up in the guest room now, but even with it being banged about and dropped, having things sat on it and being moved around, it does it's job almost perfectly (state-of-disc dependent of course). You really can't complain at that now can you! It's probably not in Tesco any more though, and if it is it won't be in many of their stores, just the bigger ones, so I couldn't tell you if it is still even on sale anymore. If you do come across it though it may be something useful to someone, a couple in their first home or a student moving away, as it's really easy to handle and if you manage to keep track of the remote it's the easiest thing to use. Even without the remote we still manage and if the buttons can last 3 years a student would be laughing!!

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              14.06.2009 14:08

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              For a quick fix/students/techniphobes...DEFINITELY not for perfectionists!

              I bought this DVD player a couple of years ago when I needed something quick and cheap. It was easy to get set up and didn't confuse me with a million different settings/options. It didn't feel particularly sturdy but that didn't bother me as it seemed to work fine. My mum also bought the same player a month or two later. Whereas my player still works soundly (apart from a quiet humming noise), my mother's makes a fair amount of noise when the disc is spinning and occasionally (although not that often) takes a few times of inserting a disc to recognise it is there or has any information on it. Despite this she still uses it and when a movie is on the sound/image etc is great and neither of our players have problems with skipping. I would say these players are good for a quick fix or for students but, if you want brilliant quality movies 100% of the time, this product isn't for you.

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              05.03.2009 13:03
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              Stay away unless you really have to!

              I know what you're going to say, why buy a DVD player for peanuts and then omplain about it? Well, if you buy something, no matter what price it is, yo would expect it to work! I bought this DVD player from my local Tesco about two years because the one I had been using in my bedroom previously had broken and I knew I only needed a DVD player in my bedroom for a few months as I was going to move. It cost under twenty quid (around £18 if memory serves me correctly) and came in a white and blue box (Tesco's signature 'Value' branding at work here). Once unboxed, you just plug in and play. The power lead goes into wall and the scart lead goes into the tv (hardly rocket science). The DVD player itself feels cheap and quite fragile but it is what you expect for that price. You get what you pay for. The disc tray feels as if it will fall off at any moment so extreme care should be used when taking out or putting in your treasured DVDs. The sound of the disc spinning inside the player is unbearably loud. So much so infact that the actual audio of the DVD I was trying to watch was not audible over the sound of the DVD player working. This alone renders this DVD useless but the DVD player does not give you a great audio quality either. I'm aware that different inputs give different levels of volume but when I turned off the DVD player (which was playing at a suitable level) my freeview box takes over and the level of the audio was scarily loud. This shows how quiet the sound was coming from the DVD player. There was also some ocassions where this DVD player refused to play any DVDs at all. It simply failed to acknowledge that a disc had been inserted. It wasn't as if I was asking it to play copied DVDs, these were all original and official purchased copies. This seemed to occur randomly which was quite frustrating. There are some good aspects of this DVD player though. For example, this plays a wide range of formats (DVD, DVDR, DVDRW, CD, CDR, CDRW and more). It is also very easy to convert this to a multi-region DVD if you need to play DVDs from around the world. A useful feature as DVDs can often be bought much cheaper online if they are from a different 'DVD region'. The remote control feels far from solid and each time I dropped it (I'm a clumsy git) I really had the feeling that it would shatter into tiny pieces and my DVD player would become useless. Apart from a few dents and one very small crack, it still worked ok when I retired it. Although only a small annoyance, the screensaver that comes up if you pause your DVD for too long is a hideous Tesco logo. Something that I would love to remove. Overall, I would say it's worth investing a few more quid and getting something much much better.

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