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Plays Video CD, SVCD, DVD Video, MP3
Size - 4.3 x 36 x 20.9cm
Weight - 1.2kg
The first thing that drew my to this DVD player was the price. At only £30 it seemed on the face of it to be of good value. And I wasn't to be disappointed. The SD3010 is an upscaling DVD player that allows you to watch standard definition DVDs in near high definition. The HDMI cable allows easy connection to a HD TV. As well as DVDs you can also play MP3 and JPEG files as well as CDs.
This DVD player feels like it is very well made and looks nice and sleek. Fits in nicely underneath a TV or on a shelf. There are a few simple buttons on the front so you can still control it even if you lose the remote control. Due to the upscaling the picture quality is very good. One problem I have found is that it does seem to struggle when the DVD is dirty or scratched. However that is probably up to me to look after my DVDs better! It is also useful to be able to play music CDs and any MP3 files you have on disc. I also like being able to view JPEG picture files through the DVD player on my TV.
The remote control is a bit on the small side. The buttons are small and very tightly packed in which makes it feel a bit awkward to control. This is not too big an issue as I find I only use it briefly to get the DVD started and then I don't need to use it much more.
For the price this is an excellent DVD player with some good extra features. The quality is great thanks to the upscaling. For a standard DVD player you will do well to beat it at this price.
When I needed a new DVD player for the spare room, my basic criteria for the purchase was simple - I wanted to acquire a product which cost under fifty pounds yet produced an impressive picture. I know there are a number of DVD players on the market priced at around the £20 - £30 mark, but most of these won't 'upscale' your discs for you. If you're not familiar with the term 'upscaling', it's the process of interpolating the picture so that it runs at higher resolution than it actually is - not quite blu-ray quality but better than that of a standard DVD. The cheapest upscaling player that I could find was Toshiba's SD3010 which retails at £32.99 from amazon.co.uk.
Design & Appearance & Specifications
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Regarding its looks, the Toshiba isn't anything fancy - the body is constructed from a thin black metal featuring a line of silver trim stretching across the front. The product's size is fairly diminutive at 33cms across by 4.3cms high - meaning it will be fairly easy to conceal in a TV unit or on a shelf. The SD3010 is pretty versatile in terms of the types of DVD discs it can play, and will also be able to read Mp3 and Jpeg CDs. The DVD player can connect to your television via SCART or HDMI, but for best results you should always use the latter (if your TV has an HDMI port that is!). At this point it should be pointed out that the player doesn't ship with either a SCART or HDMI cable, so you'll have to buy your own. By default, the SD3010 only plays region 2 discs, but there is a 'hack' available online which gives it multi-region functionality,
The Toshiba's remote is one of the weakest aspects of the product - quite simply it feels cheaply made and is very plasticky. The buttons are small, although in fairness they are responsive when pressed. The remote requires two AAA batteries to operate (a couple of ultra-cheap ones are included) and these will surprisingly last a long time before they need replacing.
Set-Up & Performance
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One of the Toshiba's major plus points is the fact that it's really easy to use, and the set-up is a doddle. Simply plug one end of your HDMI or SCART cable into the back of the SD3010, and the other into the rear of the TV. Press the power button on both devices and you're done - you may need to press the AV button on your TV's remote, but it's not exactly rocket science. When playing DVD's, the SD3010's picture is very impressive, returning results which are sharp, smooth, and with natural looking colours. In terms of the upscaling, I have found that the unit performs better with newer DVDs than with the older ones. The film 'Inception' for example, is very sharp and smooth - but when you get up close to the screen with older productions you'll notice a lot of pixellation, noise, and compression artefacts. That said, from a few feet back, both old and new DVDs play with an impressive quality.
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For the price, the Toshiba SD3010 is a very respectable DVD player. It's not often than you'll find a big-brand upscaling model for under £35, but the SD3010 is just that. It's obvious that some sacrifices have been made in order to produce the product so frugally (the cheap remote, and boxy appearance) - but overall these don't detract from what is essentially an impressive machine; recommended.
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SD3005/10 Upscaling DVD Player
Playback: DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD +RW, DVD-RW, MP3, Jpeg
Sound: 3D Virtual Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Compatible, DTS Compatible, Enhanced Audio Mode
DVD Upscaling: 720p,1080i,1080p
Connections: Digital Co-axial audio, Composite Video, Scart (RGB)
Power Consumption: 25W
Power Consumption in Standby: Less than 1W
Dimensions: W: 330mm H:43mm D:209mm
I had just bought my new HD TV when I thought that I could treat myself to a new DVD player as well! It was certainly affordable as I managed to get my one new for £55. It was very easy to set up as it was basically just a scart cable into the back of the TV and then plugging it in to the mains.
The quality of the player was of a high standard and after the noise it made starting up was relatively silent. It was very easy to use and all the features were easy to find and behaved as they should. However after a month it would start up, make a very loud noise and then would not play the DVD or eject it and so sadly I had to return the player and use my ps2 to play DVDs instead. I'm not sure if this happens too many of these models but it is up to you to decide if you want to risk it because when it works it is a brilliant bargain of a DVD player.
I had been looking around for a number of months for a new dvd player, my old one had died, but as it was not something that I regularly used I was not in a rush to get a new one.
As I started to look around there were very few that were around the £50 mark as they now all have blue-ray functions, which as I do not have any blue ray dvds this would probably be a waste of money.
I finally came across the Toshiba SD3010 it was on Amazon for £44.99, it had some great reviews so I thought I would give it a try.
This dvd player is dolby digital compatible, it can play DVD/-R/-RW/+R/+RW and CD/-R/-RW Play. It is easy to connect to your television and you can use HDMI or the Scart Sockets. It comes in a great gloss black colour and has a remote control, although this is a little small. This dvd player is lightweight and compact, but at the same time is robust and if you were comparing it to other top of the range dvd players you would find it hard to notice many differences.
The Toshiba SD3010 works really well with my HD ready flat screen television, the picture looks bright, sharp and colorful. The picture was good quality when connected with my scart lead, but I was recommended to purchase the HDMI cable and much to my surprise the picture quality improved further, it was a very worthy investment.
This dvd player is easy to set up and will be ready to use in a matter of minutes.
If you are someone that has a lot of remote controls to use your television and its surrounding equipment such as sky or freeview box, dvd player and television the Toshiba SD3010 has REGZA-link technology. This means that you can control the dvd player with the remote that controls your television, which is great as the remote that comes with the dvd player is very small.
I was surprised as this dvd player was a lot smaller than my old dvd player, the one disadvantage with this dvd player is that it is noisy when you are loading a dvd, but once it starts playing the noise has gone.
Overall this is a dvd player that for under £50 is well worth purchasing, you will not be disappointed.