Product Type: Toshiba DVD players
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Toshiba SD 2010
Member Name: blonde_girl774
Toshiba SD 2010
Advantages: Cheap, easy to set up & smart looking.
Disadvantages: Issues when pausing a film.
The Toshiba SD2010 caught my eye on Amazon as my television was Toshiba (and I do like things to match!) and I'd always heard good things about this brand. It is currently priced at £27.99 which seemed quite a reasonable price to pay... after the Asda incident I was steering clear of budget DVD players! It came in a rather thin box which advertised the product with a large picture and some more technical information too. I was worried at first that they hadn't packed the DVD player due to the box being so light and so thin; the player only weighs 2.2kg! After unpacking I found the box contained the player, a remote control, instructions and several leads.
Now I did get slightly concerned when I realised I actually had to plug some wires in and connect the player to my television, luckily my dad had been on hand when I bought home the Asda monstrosity so I hadn't had to do anything remotely technical. It may sound strange but all leads look pretty much the same to me and unless they're clearly colour coded or numbered it's all rather foreign to me. However using the very clearly written instructions booklet I managed to get the DVD player all plugged in quite easily, and in under five minutes (please note it will probably take anyone else under two minutes to do this as I do like to make it a bit of a mission).
The DVD player is really easy to use and the majority of functions can be performed using the remote control which comes with the player. It's quite light in terms of weight and small in terms of size but it does feel a little bit cheap due to the buttons being crowded onto it - I don't even know what half of the buttons do so they could have left them off! It's easy to turn on and off (using the control or on the player) as well as playing, stopping and fast forwarding films. All the standard features that you would expect to be on a DVD player are there, you can fast forward in different speed formats as well as rewind, you can pause the film and select different options.
In terms of problems that I've found well the first one is that if you stop a film (not pause it) then you can't resume it from the place you stopped it in. So even if you only stop it for half an hour you'll have to remember where you were up to and fast forward to that point which seems a little annoying. The only other downside is the tray on the actual player that comes out to put the DVD in feels a little flimsy like it could break quite easily, you'd probably need to be quite gentle with it but I've had no problems at all. My friend commented that it was a little noisy when it was loading a DVD up or searching but I can't say I'd actually noticed, some people are just fussy!
The picture and sound quality are really good, they're much better than the quality I had with my Asda disaster! I'm not really much of an expert when it comes to picture quality but there's no graininess or distortion at all - even when fast forwarding or rewinding which means it's good quality in my opinion. The sound is always clear and there's never any crackling or interference, the only time I did experience a little bit of crackling was when the cable had become loose which was really easy to rectify thank goodness! Even for a bit of a technical novice like me it's been really easy to use AND my mum has managed to load and play a DVD which is saying something!
So for the technical information that may as well be written in Chinese when it comes to me really... this DVD player supports CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-ROM, CD and DVD-R DL which seems to me like a jolly long list of formats to support! All I know is that it plays DVDs from Blockbuster and that it also allows me to play DVDs that have been stored on a USB stick courtesy of my very technologically minded friend. There's a USB port on the DVD player and if you plug a USB stick directly into this any suitable file formats will load up on the screen and allow you to select them to watch. This is new to me as I've never known this before!
I would thoroughly recommend the Toshiba SD2010 as I've had absolutely no problems with it and I've not managed to break it yet either! As I've already mentioned it's priced at £27.99 on Amazon which I think it a really reasonable price for a DVD player. It's easy to set up and easy to use - if I can manage it then a small child would probably manage it too! I really like the fact that you can plug a USB stick into it and play films this way, it's a new thing to me but one that I've found useful. This would make an ideal Christmas present for someone who is looking for a basic yet very functional DVD player, it gets four stars from me... it looses one for the pause problem!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A basic yet functional DVD player from Toshiba.
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