Beware of cheap shop brand DVD players - the last one i bought was a Tesco mini DVD player for £17.99 to travel with on holiday - that lasted about 2 DVD's before it went wrong . Got rid of that one - bought the Woolworths WorthIt DVD player for £19.99 and took it on holiday - this one lasted just half a play on a DVD before it went wrong - for an extra £10 you can buy a decent Sony or the like On Amazon.co.uk - i think i'll do that in future even if they are a bit bigger for travelling !
All i can say is - the old adage "you only get what you pay for" certainly applies for this machine - JUNK !
My 1047 does'nt even look like the one being advertised by Woolworths - oh and incidently is made by the same company who make the Tesco model - "Tecknika" - the handset works both machines even though the handset looks different .
Woolworths Worth It DVD Player
Well having completely given up on our Liteon DVD recorder which cost us a fair bit of money but was totally useless at recording anything let alone simply playing a DVD with ease we decided to get a new DVD player.
It is usually me that buys these sorts of things and then I have to get my boyfriend to give me half the money. He doesnt often like spending money without a lot of thought so we end up never really getting anything when he does the shopping!! However imagine my surprise when he walks through the front door holding a Woolworths bag containing a brand new DVD player, I really couldnt believe my eyes!
This DVD player from Woolworths only cost £19.99 pence and that I think is a total bargain. Looking in the Argos catalogue the cheaper ones in the book pretty much start from around that price and appear still big and bulky. This particular Woolworths Worth It DVD player was tiny and looked pretty snazzy in a compact way.
So to look at the DVD is a nice silver in colour and is 4cm in height, 20cm in width and 16 cm in length. So as you can tell really the whole system is pretty tiny (especially if you saw our last Liteon DVD recorder which took up a little too much room). There is no display screen on the front of the DVD player and all the buttons are on top of the box instead of usually being at the front. The DVD is placed in a flip open lid that sits on the top of the box and therefore you wouldnt be able to put anything else on top of this system unlike many other DVD players. However the fact that this box is so tiny and thin I think you would not really want to put anything on top of it for fear of crushing it.
So you have to have room for the lid of the DVD player to open so that you can get the DVD safely inside. This is no big problem for me due to the fact the old DVD player was probably as thick as this one when the lid is open. The buttons that are on top of the machine are simple and have their use next to the button written clearly. There is obviously the open button that allows you to insert and take out the DVD, There is the stop, pause, play, rewind and fast forward buttons along with the stand-by button. These are all pretty basic and standard on most DVD players.
The DVD player does come with a remote control, which is pretty good and has various functions available to choose from. The remote also came with batteries included, which I thought a very rare occurrence and was thoroughly grateful for. The remote itself is nearly as thick as the DVD player box, which made me laugh somewhat. Of course as you would expect the remote holds all the standard buttons that I mentioned are set also on the DVD player box itself but the remote also has the menu button and extra buttons such as volume, chapter skip, subtitle, zoom and pretty much the usual buttons associated with DVD player remote controls.
The menu option that pops up on the screen once selected from the remote is not that advanced but it does have everything you would really need to be able to change about when watching a DVD. There is the option to change the picture quality and size. There is the option to change format from PAL to other countries formats and the parental control is also available from this option. The remote really does look good and do the job it is supposed to very well indeed.
The DVD player comes with a booklet of operating instructions and general information about the box as a whole. This little leaflet is around 22 paghes long and really does offer all the information you will need to get the box installed and up and running well. It explains in there all the buttons on the remote and on the DVD player itself and gives in easy to understand English what each button and options actually does. I did scan through this briefly but I personally am not one for reading booklets such as these because the whole set up of the DVD player as a whole was fairly straight forward and something I am used to doing.
The back of the DVD player only has one scart lead socket however and this firstly came as a bit of a shock to me as I knew I needed two to be able to set the thing up and get it working as I had hoped to. However the DVD player does come with a three lead plug that consists of three wires, one yellow for the video, one white and one read both for audio. These need to be plugged into my digi box in order for the player and everything else to run how I had my system set up but of course the plug in the digi box was only suitable for a scart lead. Luckily enough I had a spare scart adapter, which you can plug in these three wires, and it then converts it into a scart socket. I am so glad I had a spare otherwise I think I would have been unable to get the DVD player up and running.
So once all was installed I found the playing of the DVD pretty darn good really. Compared to my old DVD player that used to make the loudest of noises that could be heard over the actual sound of the film we happen to be watching this DVD player was silent as can be. It was able to play well, fast forward at a good speed still without making any noise and I can really say nothing bad about it. For a mere £20 I find this DVD player and exceptionally fantastic bargain and one I shall shout from the rooftops! The picture quality is good, sound quality could not be better and the overall use of the machine really is simple yet very effective.
I dont think you could ask for a better price on this product and it really does work extremely well. I would say if you are looking for a DVD player that just plays DVDs and has no fancy special features then this really is one for you. The DVD player itself plays DVDs/CDs/CD-R/CD-RW and this is another bonus as our last DVD player would not play and of the copied DVD that our friend was able to lend us (all legal you understand!).
So as I say you really cant go wrong with this DVD player at this price it certainly is a bargain and as it says on the Woolworth website you can now afford to have a DVD player in every room of the house!!! On their website you can also order this DVD player and pay only £4.99pence on the delivery charge for as many items as you purchase! Not bad either. If you are interested you can see the item at:
Recommended to all!