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Coby TF-DVD8501

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The Coby TF-DVD8501 portable DVD player is a very well priced, high resolution and good sounding DVD player. The TF-DVD8501 features a Dolby Digital decoding, the ability to play a variety of formats including JPEG, CD, DVD and MP3s, an AV jack for your video games or VCR, twin headphone outlets, and both digital and analog outputs for use with any TV or home Theatre system.

Weighing under 2 pounds and measuring 9x7x2 (rounded), this is a great slim design for taking with you on the road. The 8.5” side…

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The Coby TF-DVD8501 portable DVD player is a very well priced, high resolution and good sounding DVD player. The TF-DVD8501 features a Dolby Digital decoding, the ability to play a variety of formats including JPEG, CD, DVD and MP3s, an AV jack for your video games or VCR, twin headphone outlets, and both digital and analog outputs for use with any TV or home Theatre system.

Weighing under 2 pounds and measuring 9x7x2 (rounded), this is a great slim design for taking with you on the road. The 8.5” side screen TFT swivels 180 degrees and includes anti-skip circuitry.

Once unpacked, it takes about four hours to charge up your battery. Once charged the system plays for 2-3 hours or so (this seems like a poor energy exchange and the cost of constantly recharging the system is worth considering against the low price point). Nonetheless, while the battery isn’t as long lasting as some higher end systems, you can’t complain when the average price on the Coby TF-DVD8501 is about $120! At that great price, I was surprised to see it come with a complimentary book for mounting it on the driver’s seat, and two headphones. Note however that some consumers report car performance isn’t always great, and the car adapters seem to be undependable and the sound system isn’t the highest quality. This may be a huge drawback from people who really want portability and quality viewing in a variety of situations, or those that want a truly flexible system on which to play music.

Additionally for families with younger children, the case on the Coby portable DVD player isn’t the sturdiest I’ve seen. It won’t take a lot of abuse. However, if you’re thinking of just enjoying movies in the hammock, at lunch time, or in bed – this is a great system at a price you can really afford. Finally, before buying, read over the materials that come with the DVD player and make sure it will function with the regional disks you use (there are limitations despite advertising that implies otherwise).

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