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There are many portable DVD players on the market but this compact little device from Toshiba takes a lot of beating. Compared to the competition it's not the cheapest on the market but it is one of the best. Its 9" screen may look small but it is of great quality & handles all movies I have watched on it without any compromises.
The top mounted DVD lid is hinged from the rear making loading & unloading discs very easy. A simple on/off switch is situated on the left hand side with the volume control on the opposite side along with two headphone sockets, AV in/out & the main power lead socket. All other controls are to the right of the lid, these include the usual ones for skipping scenes/tracks, menu, mode, set-up etc.
The controls take more pressure to operate than I would have expected & I feel that the control buttons for fast forward / rewind are too sensitive. It has played every format of disc I have inserted into it, including home recordings on -R, +R, -RW & +RW.
Without the headphones connected, sound from the standard speakers is poor but once the headphones are connected the sound quality is rather good. As most of these machines are used with headphones, it is unlikely to be a problem. The battery that is supplied with the player looks like an after thought & sticks out from the rear of the machine, but battery life is good & most feature films can be watched without the battery letting you down.
On a recent train journey I had three hours of viewing before the battery went flat. You do get an on screen warning about low battery charge & have only about two minutes left before viewing expires.
The DVD player comes with a remote control unit which is seldom used but nice to have all the same & an instruction manual almost as big as the player!
Over a period of time the player does generate considerable heat & if it rests on your lap like a computer lap top it will feel uncomfortable after less than an hour. The electrical lead supplied is of ample length, construction of the player is good, although light weight, it does have a quality feel about it, just as you would expect from Toshiba.
It was purchased in late 2006 & two years later the part of the lead was replaced as part of a safety recall at no cost to me.
I bought my player on line as none of the high street stores stocked it; this DVD player has proved faultless & comes highly recommended
Toshiba's SD-P1600 portable DVD player features a 7-inch widescreen TFT LCD display. The player offers a new sleek, stylish design that is so compact, it is just about the size of 2 stacked DVD cases, easy for pack-and-go traveling. Additional features include dual headphone jacks, multi-disc compatibility, and a JPEG viewer, several zoom modes, and 3-D virtual surround sound. For added portability, this model includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and comes complete with a DC car cord.