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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.