Don't upgrade the firmware unless you have read how
Brian M., Newegg
22 December 2008
Summary: After getting a TV with an HDMI input and watching only one movie on it, I decided to upgrade the firmware if for no other reason than to get it to have HDMI audio activated by default.
Pros: Worked great playing almost every format when burned to disk. Upconversion did appear to improve the quality. Excellent value. Newegg had fast shipping as usual.
Cons: Stuttered a bit on fast action scenes when played from USB sticks and fast forward was horrible from sticks with max 3x speed. Never tried it with an HDD but had finally gotten a small drive FAT formatted to use but never got to try it. Following Philips' instructions to update the firmware it to...
Summary: In reading these reviews, you'll see MANY complaints about the menus not supporting long filenames. Yes, this can be a hassle, but one that's easily remedied by downloading File Renamer Basic (freeware) and batch-renaming your files.
Pros: The upconversion is great on 480 DVDs to a 50" plasma. DivX playback hasn't failed yet for me. The USB feature has been great -- can copy an HD episode of a show I missed to my thumbdrive quickly for no-hassle viewing without wasting a DVD. Thin, low-profile design of the unit is very good.
Cons: Same things others have mentioned... The tray has a cheap feel to it and the remote is weak. You have to aim directly at the player for it to work reliably.
Summary: The feature that really sold me on this dvd player was the usb port which allows playback of music, movies and jpg images. Movie playback via the usb port works perfectly, but I have been unable to view jpg images from the usb port.
Pros: HDMI upconversion, sharp dvd playback, USB port
Cons: Slow load/response time, jpg files don't display properly: see below
Pros: I shopped around a little for good upscaling DVD players and this was the best that I could find despite some of the negative reviews. It does what it's supposed to. It looks really nice, but... (see cons)
Cons: Either I don't know what I'm doing or there's something weird with the player. I don't know if you're allowed to plug in both composite a/v cables along with the HDMI cable (because the TV is hooked up to a cable box that doesn't have an HDMI slot, then hooked up to a seperate home audio theater)...
Summary: I would recommend this unit overall to someone that is looking for an inexpensive solution to playing divx files on the fly without having to fool with a disc. It does exactly what it is supposed to do, my only real beef is with the weak remote. (that isn't really the DVD player though)
Pros: This is a pretty nice player for the money. Plays regular DVDs, AVI files from disc or USB, also MP3s and JPEGs as well. I have been using a laptop to meet this demand before. MUCH easier to just copy a movie off to a flash drive and toss it in the DVD player. Very user friendly, the wife loves it.
Cons: The remote is pretty bad, its clunky at best, and doesn't usually work most of the time. The menu looks sort of like something you would see on an 8-bit NES, very home made feel to it. Also, no long file name support. Not a big deal, just flashes you back to DOS days where everything is shortened...