By Danny Phillips
Reviewed: 14 May 2010
Toshiba SDP74SWN Portable DVD Player
I looked at pleanty of these sorts of thing buit ended up going to Chinavaision (I'm in no way affiliated) and risking £60 on a device that would play SD/USB containing DIVX and MPEG4. Seems just as good/bad as all the rest I saw (perhaps a little lower end) but for the daughter requirement it seemed the only sensible choice.
I know I got slammed when I said this last time a portable-DVD player was reviewed, but I still don't get why there's a sufficient market for these to justify developing/manufacturing them?Surely, a hand-me-down iPhone/iPod/Creative/Andriod is as cost effective and far more flexible approach for keeping the little ones occupied with their favourite movies on journeys?I keep a rubber case on my iPhone just so it's drop proof when my 2 year old twins are watching Pepper Pig and Timmy Time. And its so versatile - we use it in the car, at the doctors, at the opticians as its easy to pack.
7 inch screen people - don't forget that. That's 4 times bigger than the i-phone screen.Way more formats supported.Best of all - take a DVD out of the case and pop it in to play - try that with an i-phone!!I love these - particularly the Tosh ones. They are sublime when travelling - waiting at airports, etc. Also, when on holiday, you can connect these to the TV and watch DVDs on a larger screen.Not saying that these will suit everyone's lifestyle / requirement, but there is surely a demand for these.
@Dan - You'd be surprised how much the older generation likes technology that does one thing and does it well and without other distractions. Sometimes the more features hardware has, the harder it is to learn if you are not accustomed to technology. This is simply enough. Put your disc in and play.
@Prem / darkspark - good points, well made.(ps. and I'm secretly flattered you have me down as the younger generation..!)I definitely buy into the need for dedicated simple use particularly for the family. I guess it depends on what level of cost/value is deemed acceptable for general/kids use. eg Over the weekend, my MacBook got quite a lot of use as a DVD player with a remote to placate our over exited littlens and it worked a treat. Now, I admit this worked because the expensive piece of kit was just out reach from reaching hands, but then again I probably wouldn't let them run around with a Toshiba DVD player.I guess I hadn't factored in the connecting it up to TV's while on holiday, as I'm currently looking at Displayport>>HDMI cables so I can do this and the cost of the cable is only slightly less than the Toshiba unit in this review..!
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