Summary: Previous models of SONY's dvd players have been better. So in purchasing this one, there were some "trade offs". The battery longevity was reduced from a 6 hour capacity to a 4 hour capacity. Please note that these numbers are always "pie in the sky" playing times. In reality 6 hours becomes about 4:15 AND a 4 hour battery actually lasts about 3:15. The screen no longer swivels.
Summary: I had purchased a Sony portable DVD player three years ago and I believe it was actually very similar to this one. I don't use it in the car or on trips, its main use is in my kitchen while I am preparing a meal or working on my laptop (usually in the kitchen). I live in a very old building (circa 1870) and have limited electrical outlets. My old DVD player finally started not working about two weeks ago.
Summary: Love it. It's easy to use, it has a sharp picture, it has great sound, & a nice little remote but also it's easy to use without the remote. It's a TINY bit heavy, but I really don't mind and have taken it on planes, trains, etc. Also has pretty good battery life. It'll play about 1-3/4 average movies before the battery runs out but then you just use the wall plug. Oh, it also charges pretty fast. Very glad I bought it.
SONY DVPFX980 9-Inch Screen DVD Portable (Old Model)
APPRAISER REVIEWER, Amazon
28 February 2014
Summary: I just received my order yesterday. So far, I love it!! The picture is nice and big, and the resolution is terrific. This appears to be a good-quality item. I bought it to use in my home office, on my desk. It comes with a remote control (and batteries). It's so easy to use, I haven't even used the controls on the machine itself yet. Also, this item plays DVDs AND CDs.
Summary: Really disappointing. Feels light, cheap and flimsy. So loud that the volume has to be on full blast to hear over the noise of operation. Would have returned immediately but husband threw out the packaging while we were in the process of moving.
SONY INTERNATIONAL VERSION (REGION FREE) PORTABLE DVD PLAYER
Love Our Military Men, Amazon
12 February 2014
Summary: I have quite an extensive collection of region 2 and region 4 DVD's and have owned two of these SONY REGION FREE PORTABLE DVD players. The one I currently have I keep in my bedroom and use it at night when going to bed. The picture quality of this 9 inch screen has the best resolution of any portable DVD player I've ever owned and it transitions seamlessly between regions.
Summary: I looked forward to receiving this player so that I could use it for a language dvd course. When it arrived ,I tried to charge it for the recommended four hours, but the unit did not work without being plugged into the wall. So, I tried to charge it over night, but had the same result. Having received the unit on Jan.15, I emailed Amazon on the 16th about the defective player.Today, on the 20th, I was given a response which directed me to the Sony Repair Site.