Portable DVD player under $200

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Robert Spalding, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. Robert Spalding

    Robert Spalding Second Unit

    Aug 21, 1998
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    walmart.com has the Initial (formerly Shinco) portable on sale for 197. 4.7" screen. Apperently has gotten good reviews. Can't be made region free as far as I can tell from the Shinco hacking pages.
  2. Len Simons

    Len Simons Agent

    Jun 30, 1997
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    I actually saw this on display last week in Wal-Mart. It looked like at least 27 of its 157 pixels were "dead".
    I mean it really looked a lot like a postage stamp that had been badly cancelled by the post office. $199 is WAY too much for this item.
    For just over $300, one can get a 7" Mintek at Best Buy. By no means what one could call a great display, but certainly watchable.
    Or, for about $399, a savvy shopper could find a Panasonic 5" display that is truly worth watching.
    My point is, if you want something to see a movie on during a plane flight, but can't afford to buy a quality 7" or larger display, by all means rent a unit at the airport. Or read a book. But don't throw away $200 on a substandard P.O.S. that will give you an eye-strain headache and most likely fall apart before you reach your destination. $200 is still a lot of scratch; you can get a pretty decent home DVD player, with progressive scan and maybe even DVD Audio for $200.

    Not everything that is low-priced is a good deal.

    Okay. I'll climb down off my soapbox now.


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