Back around Father’s Day of this year JC Penneys and Dockers offered a deal, purchase $100 of Dockers menswear and get a portable DVD player in the deal. I happened to stumble ion it at the time I was looking for Summer clothes anyway so I went ahead and ordered $109 worth of stuff. (This offer has expired but I’m told Dockers and Penneys do one every year.)
Rebates have always been iffy and a general nusance. I avoid them whenever possible. I’ve been burned too many times like so many others. But in this case I really did need the Summer clothes and Penney’s prices were good.
Well, much to my surprise I receive an email the other day saying the player had just shipped. When I checked the UPS tracking it said it had shipped a couple of days earlier and would be delivered that same day. A few hours later and it was waiting for me.
As soon as I opened it I played with it a bit. The battery had a partial charge but I plugged it in anyway and let it charge for a few hours.
The 7" screen is no extravagaza but much better than the tiny iPod Video screen. It has a limited viewing angle but the resolution is not bad at all. The audio reproduction is fine but perhaps not as loud as it could be at highest volume, depending on the DVD sound level of course. It’s also not adjustable via the remote. Otherwise fine. Screen brightness, contrast and color reproduction are fine. You can select between wide screen and normal aspect ratio. There are jacks for output to a television or other monitor (NTSC or PAL but no RF), audio for the external monitor and another for the included earbuds. A power brick is included as well as an adapter for automotive use. It weighs around 5 pounds.
Compared to the video iPod it’s much cheaper and an overall much better viewing experience. The down side versus the iPod is that if you carry it about you still need to take the DVDs with you. For home use, say in the backyard on a nice Summer’s day or in bed while not feeling well if you don’t already have a DVD player and teleivsion in the bedroom it’s a fine little device and not too highly priced. Fine for the kids in the car or watching a movie during luch at work or at one of those appointments where you know you’ll be left waiting for a while. I shifted the player around in the air with my hand much more than any automotive turbulance would have produced and there was no skip.
A little research shows the thing retails for around $100.
Compact Portable Design
7" TFT Color Display
DVD/DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD/CD-R/CD-RW/MP3 and JPEG Compatible
Multiple Subtitles/Viewing Angles, Slow/Fast Motion Play, Zoom Operation
Convenient On-Screen Display
Composite Video Output
Headphone Jack for Private Listening
Unit Dimensions: 6.75" X 1.5" X 6" (WHD)
Type: 7" TFT LCD with DVD Player
Compatible Format: DVD/DVD-R/RW/CD/CD-R/RW/MP3/JPEG
Display Area: 7" Diagonal
Resolution: 336,960 Pixels
Video Output: Composite Video Out
Audio Output: 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Speaker Output: 2 Stereo Speakers
Color System: NTSC/PAL
Power Supply: DC 9V AC Adapter
Screen Control: On-screen Display
Full Function Remote Control
100-240V UL Listed AC Adapter
DC Car Adapter
Ni-MH Rechargeable Battery