Summary: I purchased this product for my daughter a couple of years ago. The DVD player worked absolutely great out of the box. She watched several DVDs on it for many months. Then, as it often happens with small children, the item got put away and remained unused for a long period of time. She recently rediscovered it a couple of days ago and wanted to watch a few movies on it. Unfortunately, nothing played. Disks that used to play on the machine no longer played.
Summary: I bought this machine in 2006 and it worked beautifully. I used it lightly (maybe twice a month) for a long time and then increased my usage about 6 months ago. No problems. Excellent picture quality etc. Then, about 2 weeks ago things changed. At first this DVD player would just stop on a brand new disk. It would huff and puff and then the DVD would play again, with no help from me.
Summary: We received this player at Christmas in 2006 when our son was 13 months old. We were living cross country from family and thus traveled frequently. We have been using this player as the primary DVD player for one of our TV's and we use it every time we travel. We recently moved and lost the car charger in the move, but use this on our trips to visit family (now a 4 hour car ride). The battery STILL lasts the entire 4 hour trip!
Summary: When I purchased this Toshiba portable DVD player (SD-P1700) a few years ago, there weren't enough reviews about it, but I trusted the name and bought it, and that was a big mistake. I only used it once when I was traveling, and it would always say "Not Valid Disc" or "No Disc" even when the disc has no problem at all, and only after many tries it would play. I tried to use it again for the second time in a long time, it wouldn't play at all.
Summary: So. I get this new fresh from the factory SP-D1700 and it works fine, with very light use, for about 7 or 8 months. Understand, when I say "light use", I mean maybe one DVD a month. Then, just like the SP-D1600 it just one day stops working. I continues to load disk and once and a while it will play one for about 20 seconds, then it quits. I've written a letter to Mark Simons, Vice President for digital products division.
Summary: GOOD: Solid buttons, bottom mounted battery, a/v out AND in, plays DIVX or XVID formats (one main reason I chose it). BAD: does not play DVD+R (just a reminder - description lists the "minus" format) A problem cropped up after about 8 trips/6 months (adult use-very low stress). Disk spin up was always noisy, with frequent grinding noises. Lately it takes many open/close trials to get it to start to spin a disk when inserted and even freezes during playback on new DVDs.
Summary: I ordered this unit as a birthday present for my 90 year old mother. Thought I would try it before taking it to her. It worked for 20 minutes. Then the screen went blank and stayed blank no matter what I tried. I've ordered so much from Amazon over the years and always could return if unhappy for any reason, so I hadn't paid attention to the reviews of the current online seller ANTonline. Beware! These people are unresponsive and uninterested.
Summary: bought the sd-p1700 a couple of weeks ago and have been through the testing part from astheics to function, and i am quite impressed. very good on portability, battery last approx. 3 & 1/2 hrs. charged right back up, love the fact that it is on the bottom of the player and not hanging off the back, drive motor very quiet,with the right connector(not supplied)you can hook right into home theater amplifier,plays all my regular dvd's & cd's.