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Some years ago we bought a DVD recorder which just happened to have multi region playback. When my oldest stated taking an interest in cartoons - I found there was a huge selection of American movies and cartoon through Amazon. It started with a few Hotwheels DVDs but then we added Disney and more. By the time my youngest was born we had a fair collection of Region 1 DVDs, but this player was on its last legs. I found a cheap replacement at Asda, and the DVD collection continued to grow. Most importantly - all of our Teen Titan DVDs are American, as well as 2 How To Train Your Dragon films, Mario and Yoshi, The Penguins of Madagascar Zombie movie etc.. Since my youngest enjoys watching DVDs in bed, and he has a little DVD set up in his bottom bunk, I began searching for a multi region DVD player, but I'm afraid most are quite expensive. I bought this for two reasons only. It plays region one and region 2 DVDs and it was only £16 including delivery from ebay.
If you are only looking for a dvd player to play region 2 DVDs - do not even consider this player. It does not represent good value for money for this purpose. A new Toshiba SD 1010 from Amazon will cost you over £70, while a refurbished one may come in closer to £30. Ebay does have a good number of refurbished models available from only £18 now, which is still quite good for multi-region, but not for region 2 only. You can but a better, smaller, DVD player brand new from Argos, Tesco or many other outlets for less than this - with a remote.
Many of the Toshiba SD 1010's on ebay are being sold without the remote - and the remote is apt to cost almost as much the machine ( £9.95 - £11.95 from ebay). My son's player does not have a remote - and there is no fast forward, rewind, skip etc on the dvd player itself. This means the DVD player can only be used to watch a DVD straight through. The only buttons on this player are power, stop, play and eject. The addition of fast forward and rewind would have made this a much better product , but my son is only 4 - he can live without it, and in all honesty another remote in his room is another thing to go missing and me to have to search for.
According to the Amazon site this player will play "DVD-ROM,DVD-R,DVD+R,DVD-R DL,DVD+RDL,DVD-RW,DVD+RW,DVD+RWL,DVD Video,Divx,MP3,Jpeg,Video CD,SVCD". I'm afraid I don't even know what most of these are. I have played only region 1 and region 2 DVDs in this. I have never played a DVD-R, MP3, Home made or copied DVD so I can not say if these really work or not, but I did notice before buying this some reviewers had problems with DVD-R. As this wasn't an issue for me - I didn't worry about it.
Play back on this machine is average. It is not brilliant. It certainly does not have the same sharpness and definition that my upscaling HD Blu Ray player has,nor does it have the same richness of sound. But when I consider that this is used only for older animated series it is certainly adequate. I feel that if I wanted to use this player for something like concert DVDs I would be dissapointed, but the sound quality is fine for Teen Titans or Super Mario Brothers. This is also being used on a 16" flat screen TV, and with such a small screen - you won't notice any problems in resolution. As far as quality I would rate this as exactly the same as an Asda or Tesco machine.
It is quite a bit larger though. My Asda DVD player is a little tiny thing this is 12.5" inches long, 8" wide and 1 3/4" inches high by my measurements. ( please note measurements made with a ruler so may be slightly off - my son has lost my tape measure again) It is a big heavy thing compared to modern DVD players. This is a good thing for me. It sits very nicely on a shelf in my son's bunk area and is very well balanced and heavy enough to not fall down easily. I also like the fact that the door seems extremely sturdy and well made as children are not always the most gentle in loading and unloading DVDs. Overall, this a big but solid and well made machine. If I wanted this in my front room though, this would be too big as I already have a PS3 and Virgin + box taking up room in a small cabinet.
Another possible issue with this machine is that it is often sold as multi region - but depending on where you buy it - this may or may not be the case out of the box. The specs with amazon say this plays NTHC ( region 1 - American) and PAL.. However Amazon also has a disclaimer saying "Blu-ray players and DVD players sold by Amazon.co.uk play UK (Region Two) Blu-ray discs and DVDs only. Discs from other regions will not play on these products. " This isn't always true of Amazon Marketplace - so it just depends what seller you buy this from. I would not buy this with out verifying through the seller that this will play Region 1. However - if you happen to get a model with a remote - you are meant to be able to make it multi region by typing in a code - but this is meant to be the case with many DVD players and I didn't want to buy one I might not be able to make work.
Do you need multi-region? A lot has been made about the fact the DVDs are much cheaper in the USA, and by buying a multi-region DVD player, you might be bale to save a bundle on movie purchases. I suppose it depends on where you buy from them - but in my experience, most of the time this is not the case. By the time you pay shipping charges the savings are often minimal - although you may be able to get a better deal if buy several at once. On average I would spend £8 for an animated DVD which - if anything is slightly more than I would spend here, but there have been a few exceptions, most often when someone here is offering a region 1 DVD on ebay and the fact that most DVDs players will not play it means it gets few bids. The only reason I would pay the extra money for multi region is the fact that many DVDs are never released in the UK. If you like older programmes, or children's cartoons, American may be the only way to buy them. We bought the first Hotwheels DVD in region 2 , but the others were never released here, and the Teen titans DVDs alone make this machine worth buying in my opinion. We like the old Mario cartoons as well. In my opinion, the only reason to pay for multi-region is if you want to watch different and unusual programmes.
I am quite happy with this machine, it isn't perfect, but it suits the task I purchased it for very well. At the time of purchase, the next closest in price for a DVD player was £32 for another player without a remote or nearly £70 for one with, so this was very good value for money. At the moment though - Tesco has the newer version of this , the Toshiba SD3010 multi-region for a stunning £35. The newer model has HDMI upscaling and of course would include the remote - so I would jump at this one. The machine itself appears identical - it is the same casing just different insides. Assuming the sale is over by the time you read this - I would buy this again only at the right price. I would pay up to £20 without a remote or perhaps £35 with a remote. Anything more than that and I would choose a newer model.
* like most DVD players you will need a scart cable to connect this - or if buying the newer TOSHIBA SD3010 a HDMI lead for best results.
I have had 3-4 DVD players in the past that I have bought for the sole reason of using as multi region DVD players. I, like most users, opt for a cheap player to do this as it doesn't always work -it can be hit and miss.
When my last one stopped working, about 2 years ago and after about a year of heavy use - I needed another one quick. This one was the cheapest (that could be used as a multi-region) and had lots of good reviews from other multi-region users.
It wasn't multi region out of the box, but unlocking was simple. (Code of unlock side) Word of warning, whilst unlocking is safe and legal - it a feature built into many DVD players and requires putting in a simple code - it sometimes voids warranty (another reason many people opt for cheaper players like this one), so always check before unlocking.
This player is a great, if not very standard player. It is pretty much no frills, but does the jobs well and is reliable. I have had 2 years of consistent use (daily, DVDs of many regions) and it has worked perfectly every time. It is small, as is the remote - so its nice and compact and the remote is not going to clutter up your coffee table too much. All of the standard features of a DVD player are here - plus a couple more - slow motion, zoom and one I find extra handy - the ability to choose from an option of time displays. How long left of the feature, how many parts are left with the particular scene, and the most useful - how many sections are available to view in a particular menu. This last one is really handy if you are looking for hidden features on a DVD. Many DVDs have Easter eggs hidden with menus, but these can be hard to find. With this DVD player you can see how many sections are within a particular menu, and see if there are any Easter eggs. If the screen has 4 options for you to click on, but when you click on the display button on the remote, you can see how many options you actually have (it will show 1/4 to tell you you are on screen 1 of 4) but if the display tells you 1/5, chances are there is a hidden feature. A small feature you get with this DVD player that I have found useful several times.
Those nifty features aside, I use this primarily to view US DVDs - a job it does well and reliably, and was great value. Really simple to convert to mutli-region.
Video quality wise, its far from perfect - especially when viewing US DVDs, but its not terrible. US DVDs can be a little grainy, and there is some video loss and if the image is vibrant the can bleed. However, from using DVD players of this price range for the past few years its the been the best value so far. Many new DVD players have HD upscaling, and Bluray capability - but if those aspects are not something you are looking for this model does the job of a DVD player very well.
A few weeks ago my DVD player sadly decided to stop working altogether and I needed to buy a new one.
I searched a local store near me and found the Toshiba SD 1010 DVD player for just £25 and at first it seemed very cheap for a DVD player but I thought I would take the plunge and purchase the product anyways.
When I got it home the first thing I noticed was how light in weight the product was. Compared to other DVD players I have had in the past this one weighed in at 1.2kg which is quite light considering and it fitted straight inside my cabinet with ease.
The product itself is very nicely designed. You have this lovely piano black and you have on the front panel some buttons which you would expect to see. You have the power button which is not a huge round button but a smaller and slimmer button which is hidden well.
You have the play button and stop button as well and a nice LCD screen which displays text for your own information about what the DVD player is doing such as loading.
When it came to installing the DVD it was so simple I just put a scart cable which was included in the box into my television and instantly there was my DVD player menu coming up.
This DVD player appealed to me firstly because of the name of the brand which is Toshiba and I have had countless products from that brand before and found they offered excellent quality.
There are some problems with this DVD player though which began to show up a few weeks ago I had made my purchase. The first was when it claimed on the box to be able to play home movies. I am forever recording football games and my relatives messing around and putting them onto a disc.
Normally when I put the disc into any DVD player they work fine but with this player it seemed they would work and then skip many minutes and play again and do the same shortly afterwards. This was the same situation on many types of different discs it was meant to be able to play.
The second fault was when you put in a disc into the player you have the list of contents pop up and you have a nice little box which shows a clip of the movie or whatever you are watching. This is all good as it gives you a sneak preview but it shows around 5 seconds then it stops so if you wanted to find a particular scene you might not be able to work out where it is with the preview clip going so quickly.
The third problem is the control. Without the remote control you cannot skip scenes in a movie, you cannot fast forward or rewind a scene and you cannot display a menu if you wanted to pick a particular movie on a disc. Everything is done by the control which is nice to see but the biggest issue is that if you lose the control you are going to struggle to watch any sort of discs at all.
The remote itself is cute and small and all buttons are very nicely done with clear symbols on them and the more important buttons coloured blue to show they control what is going on with the disc.
Most people will claim for the price you cannot grumble at the fact it has to use a remote and has a few problems but for me that is a problem. Regardless of price you should be able to watch what the product tells you it can do.
I did take the DVD player back in exchange for a new one of the same make and again within a few weeks it began to have the same issues.
On a few of my discs I noticed some scratches and this was from the DVD player because when it struggles to load a new scene from a disc it tends to spin the disc inside really quickly as you can hear it and when it comes out after you find scratches.
The sound I also feel struggles with this DVD player as well. When I watch movies on my more expensive DVD player the sound is excellent and with this product the sound is much lower and not that great and this might be because sound is done in stereo format.
In terms of the size which is 33m (w) 43mm (h) and 20.9mm (d) you have a decent sized player and it weighs hardly anything so that is some of the good parts. However, with all the negative parts this DVD player is cheap for a reason and I would not recommend others making the same error I did.
If you want a cheap DVD player which gives you a movie but hardly any decent sound or preview clips then this might suit some people.
I bought the Toshiba SD1010 recently, after reading some fairly positive reviews.
My old DVD player was on its last legs, and making some horrible grinding noises when asked to navigate through DVDs' menu pages. Unfortunately, the Toshiba SD1010 seems to make exactly the same noises.
If you ignore that, the picture quality is perfectly fine. But I have two major problems with this product.
Firstly, the awful noise it makes as you move through to the start of the DVD, and secondly the fact that if you have to stop the DVD at any point, then it doesn't resume at the point you left it. This becomes incredibly frustrating. Either you have to pause the DVD, or switch it off and then start again from the beginning (yes, with the grinding sound effects), and then fast forward to the point you left it.
So, in summary, its cheap, its cheerful, it looks fine (I have it in black - not sure if there's other colours), but I would only recommend for perhaps putting in children's rooms, where functionality isn't so critical,and if it gets some tough treatment and gets broken, then its not a disaster.