Summary: I bought this dvd player about 2 years ago and I also bought it with a case so it would be protected...or not. This dvd player is literally made out of garbage. The plastice hinges where the screen is held broke off so now it is just hanging by two wires. The compartment also broke off where the dvd is put in.
Summary: This dvd player is great for the price (I did not buy thru Amazon, but I am a happy Amazon customer) Picture quality is good, sound quality could be better, (but for the price I paid, I'm not complaining...) and overall I believe I got my money's worth since I only use it at work. I'm having a blast with this player!!!
Inexpensive, but does all that is advertised. Works great!
G. Oke, Amazon
28 January 2005
Summary: Like the last reviewer, I do not understand the negative reviews on this product either. The Player is a low-end player, but does the job asked to do (plays DVDs) at a very reasonable price. It has a 4:3 format screen and it is not progressive scan. If you want those features, you're not going to find it at this price point (so stop complaining about them). The picture quality looks fine to me when played on the 5" screen (I've never plugged it into a TV).
Summary: I never write reviews, but the negative takes on this product prompted me to defend it. We've been using ours for a year under very rugged conditions: 4 and 2 year olds watch it while mommy is cooking dinner. The unit has been subject to sticky fingers, spilled juice, several hard knocks, travelling around in a diaper bag--and it's been working great. Only problem is the short battery life: 1.5 hours.
Summary: Product ad copy writers who know nothing about the technology they are writing about, should be out looking for a new job. 4:3 is FULLscreen, NOT WIDEscreen. This is NOT the original format of DVDs. In fact, even the 16:9 ratio is slightly less than the typical DVD movie aspect ratio. I'm sure the people from the Initial Co. gave the product specs to Amazon, so they are the ones getting 1 star from me.
Summary: 1. The 5" screen is really small, because it's the conventional 4:3 aspect ratio, while most DVDs are widescreen, so you really lose a lot of details. The Panasonic LS5 also has a 5" screen but is widescreen, so it actually gives you more viewing real estate than this one. 2. Questionable quality and durability. Occasionally my unit would give out an unnerving whine as it spins the disc. Very annoying. The screen hinge seems quite flimsy.
Summary: The hinge where the screen meets the base is very weak plastic, and after watching about 8 movies over the course of 3 months on the product it broke. Initial's customer service is a nightmare to deal with. I recommend you stick with name brands like Sony or Toshiba, who stand by their products.
Summary: Just recv'd my player today and I'm really impressed.. not only does it play my dvd+r's but it also plays my dvd+rw's I made on my philips dvd recorder. The picture is crisp and the colors look great, the audio even sounds good for such tiny speakers, I was suprised just how loud it will go and still sound good. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a player on the go.
Summary: I think it delivers great performance for the price. Good color, brightness, sound. We've used it in cars with the supplied cigarette lighter adapter, in planes, and conected to a TV. It plays all DVDs we've tried on it, including DVDs made with our Panasonic DVD recorder (I noticed another reviewer was not able to do this--you've got to finalize DVDs on the Panasonic--a procedure not inuitively obvious since it's buried deep in the manual).