Does anyone own a portable DVD player

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  1. Rodrick

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    Since many buy into so many tvshows on dvd. Does anyone own one?

    I own 3. Well, my parents Grand Caravan they have 1 put in. I own a Initial 3.5 inch screen and also batt life is only that long too.
    I own a slightly larger Panasonic portable but its almost like carrying around a laptop. I use the Initial almost daily.
     
  2. Casey Trowbridg

    Casey Trowbridg Lead Actor

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    This probably should be moved to a hardware section, but to answer the question yes I own one and I love it.

    Its funny because I'd say I watch more TV on DVD on it than I do movies.
     
  3. Valerie G.

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    I own one too. It's a 7 inch Inital. The IDM-1731 to be exact. I just got it 2 weeks ago, so thats how I know the model number. [​IMG]

    To be honest, I've really only used it once, and that was just for 20 minutes in the car. I've turned it on a couple other times and played with it though. Haven't had much time lately.....

    It will sure be great to have on long car trips though. And I'm sure it will come in handy at other times too. And for just $139 from OfficeMax, I'm not sorry I got it, that's for sure!

    [​IMG]
     
  4. David Lambert

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    I own one for trips. I usually bring at least one TV-on-DVD box set along so I know I'm pretty much set for the trip. [​IMG]
     
  5. Gord Lacey

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    I picked up a Panasonic LX-9, and it's a hell of a good player. I like that there's a dock, that it can act as a monitor (I had my Dreamcast hooked up to it for awhile), and the nice external speakers. I'm in the process of moving, and I used the DVD player at my new place so I could listen to a commentary track while I was working earlier today. I wouldn't use it to review DVDs, but it's great for airplanes, airports, commentary tracks, and any time you need to kill an hour or so waiting around for something. I bought an additional battery for it, but I think the built-in one lasts longer than advertised (the spare clips to the bottom of the player).

    If you're looking for a player that can be MORE than just a DVD player, look at the LX-9. I didn't realize it had all the features it does, and I'm really glad I picked it up.

    Gord
     
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    Years ago I bought a small (2" square screen) tv and hooked it to my video camera. I would record tv shows onto 8mm tape and watch it on airplanes. I would get a lot of other passengers commenting on what a good idea it was. So when portable dvd players first came out I switched and have been using it since. Now, I see a lot of people watching them on flights. I have 3 kids and it has been a big help on flights keeping them occupied and happy.
     
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    I watch tv dvd's on my way to work (i'm not driving)
     
  8. Mark To

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    I'm thinking of getting one for my train ride to work and back. Any recommendations?
     
  9. David Lambert

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    Well, Mark, if you want to stay "small" there's always this new choice. It's dedicated to taking only 3" DVDs, but Warner is going to start supporting that format big-time. Trouble is that it's more kid-oriented, to compete with the VideoNow player from Hasbro. Still, if you're like me and are just a big kid, it'll be fun to watch cartoons with just to kill the time on the way to and from work.

    Of course, its more versatile to own one that takes either 3" or standard 5" DVDs, so until the mini-disc model takes off much more, I'd recommend sticking with a 5" portable player. The one I own is a Polaroid model that I got on sale a while back, but its a long story how I ended up with it. It does the job, but I'm nowhere near as enthusiastic about it as Gord is about his. Take a look at that Panasonic; he has me thinking about making a switch!
     
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    Wow, the screen is WAY too small on that thing Dave. Looks like a gameboy advance screen heh.

    *edit - I guess if I would've read the article instead of just looking at the pictures, I would've known you state that [​IMG]
     
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    For the curious, here's a link to the player that Gord recommended:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    The majority of the reviews agree with Gord's own, and reflect the opinion that it's worth the price... It does indeed look like a sweet unit, with some excellent features. [​IMG]

    My own portable is a Cyberhome CH-LDV 712. Sometimes it's great, and other times I feel like throwing it through a window. I've run across quite a few discs (mostly TV discs, with several eps per disc) that it won't even recognize, much less actually play. But it's great on non-commercial (self-recorded) discs and on most movies.
     
  12. Scott Merryfield

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    I own a Toshiba 2500 with a 8.9" screen that we take on trips. The picture quality is terrific -- much better than the older 7-" Pioneer that I had before. It's great for airplane rides or evenings in the hotel/condo when we are too tired to do anything after a long day of sightseeing.
     
  13. Gord Lacey

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the screen is double-hinged so it can open, but then also fold down (screen faces out and hides the controls on the player). This allows you to view it at almost any angle, which is nice when you want to place it on a food tray on an airplane and have a large angle.

    Looks like it's doscontinued. No doubt Panasonic will have a replacement model soon enough, I just hope it contains all the same features as the LX9.

    Gord
     
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    i had one it broke down about a year and a half ago.it was an audiovox.when i first had the player i took it on a trip and took along some movies and didnt get into a movie. then i got a t.v. show went on another trip and watched several eps.on the way there and back.i need to get me a new one.
     
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    I won an RCA 7" widerscreen off the radio last month. I love it, but actually don't use it that much. My fiance has a large family and we just bought a new house, so it was nice for her to take pics and throw them on a cd-r to take with us. Just put it on the table with it set to slideshow and it went on for hours. Battery life seems to be about 3 1/2 hours, I was pretty impressed.
     
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    What advantages, if any, does a portable DVD player have over a laptop with DVD drive? In recent years laptops have become much less expensive and they do so much more. You can get an Internet terminal, digital camera/video editor, GPS mapping software, and a DVD player/burner with a 15" screen for under $1000. The only compromises are weight and battery life, but there are suitable systems if you shop around.
     
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    I don't see any advantages, except when a small size is ideal, of a portable unit. If I wouldn't have one if I didn't win this unit for free.
     
  18. Scott Merryfield

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    Smaller, more portable, no PC software issues to deal with, lower cost, no booting up to Windows just to watch a DVD. If you need/want a laptop anyway for traveling, then it makes sense to go that route. I wanted something very easy to tote around, and my portable player's carry case is less than half the size of the smallest laptop case. I have no need for the other functions of a laptop when I travel.
     
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    I just purchased an Axion 7" portable DVD player from Radio Shack and I love it. The thing plays everything I have thrown at it, including some DVD+R/RW discs I created on my Gateway DVDR. The battery (which was included) lasts about 2.5 hours. I use it mostly to watch movies in bed since I sold my bedroom HT system a couple of months ago in preparation for moving after selling our home. Not a bad deal either since I paid less than 200 bucks for it and with the mail in rebate the final price was just over $120.00.[​IMG]
     
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    I bought 2 of these players for my Kids to watch in the back of my Sequoia. They are 7" "tablet" style players, and come with vehicle headrest bag/harness & car cord. They also have wireless IR audio & video IN-OUT (for a PS2). They were each $184 AR. The battery folds down to act as an adjustable base.
    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Audio...oductDetail.do
     

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