Summary: Frustrated because altough it's a good brand, it is a lot older than I realized. I should have done more research before purchasing it. Battery doesn't hold a charge for more than 60 mins. so for my 3 year old daughter on long car trips, I have had to spend another $40 on an inverter to keep it charging in the car ( because of course it didn't come with a car charger). At this point I have spent $90 on a DVD player manufactured in 2003.
How to make a four hour airplane ride with a four yr old easier
9 September 2012
Excerpt: We bought this portable Panasonic DVD-LA95 player four years ago as we were preparing to go a a long (4 hour+) plane trip with our young kids. It has a seven inch screen and an add on battery pack. At the time it was $799, now a similar model could probably be purchased for less than $250. Although this model recently started to act up and be less reliable, it has served us well on many plane flights and vacations.
Summary: This player has to be one of the best portable DVD players out there. It was definitely worth the price. I have had mine for almost 8 years now and use on driving trips for the kids and they love it. Couldn't ask for better picture and sound from something this small and portable. The only negative is the short battery charge.
Summary: This is the second unit i bought this unit runs great but it breaks down within 2 years. My first unit the electric eye slide track stopped working, and wouldn't read any of my dvds to play. The secound unit the screen just went out and all power supply. I don't use it only on vacations, and baby it all the time, and don't let any kids touch it. I bought extra batterys, and attachments for this unit an spent hundreds of dollars.
Summary: I owned my first Panasonic DVD-LA95 Player trouble-free for several years, and it worked great until I dropped it and cracked the screen. Getting it fixed was a hassle, and I agree with the complaints about service. I gave up on the service angle and just bought another used one. They sell on eBay for prices ranging from $100-$160. For decent (lengthy) performance, get one (or two) of the auxillary batteries.
Summary: Beautiful picture quality and great features - too bad I can't recommend it due to lousy reliability and worse service policies. The first laser failed about 14 months after I bought the unit. I replaced it for about $300, and that laser failed in 8 months. Panasonic doesn't seem to have many (if any) dealers or spare parts - so your only recourse is depot repair which is slow, expensive and unreliable.
Summary: We have had this player for about 2 years and loved it until it broke. We bought the extra battery pack which gave us aproximately 5-6 hours total playing time. It went on a lot of long car rides and plane trips with us. My son at age 6 dropped the player and then we had playing problems. I had a very difficult time getting service information.
Summary: I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY 12 YEAR OLD SON FOR CHRISTMAS OF 2003. HE HAS HAD IT FOR OVER A YEAR AND USES IT JUST ABOUT EVERY DAY. IT IS GREAT!! IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE BATTERY LASTED A LITTLE LONGER BUT, THAT IS OKAY, AS LONG AS YOU PURCHASE AN INVERTER FOR LONG TRIPS.
Summary: When my Panasonic, no longer under warranty, needed a repair, I discovered that I had two options, either throw it away or buy a rebuilt player. The problem was a dead backlight, something that should have been a simple repair, but due to way machine is designed turns out not to be. I bought the rebuilt player and that was defective. It does come with a 90 day warranty, but local certified Panansonic dealer won't honor it. And on and on the story goes.
Summary: Its great when workinging but at less than one year picture quite working. Still under warranty but involved to get corrected and approx $100.00 to fix under warranty. For an Expensive unit should have a longer life expectancy.