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LG DP581 8" Portable DVD Player with Swivel Screen - Black

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 2.5 Kg
  • Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: DP581
  • ASIN: B003OQTRSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,119 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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254 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Allen on 20 July 2010
I bought this player after months of looking at portables. I mainly wanted it for my commute to work by train, to watch a mixture of DVDs and DIVX files.

I'm delighted with my purchase. After all my going round in circles reading online reviews, it was a simple trip to Currys that decided it. The picture quality on this player is just streets ahead of the competition. Obviously it blew the Matsui and other Currys own brands out the water, but what surprised me is that it was simply so much better than the Toshibas that Currys stocked. If you go and look at players in a shop, look out for text appearing on screen. On the other players, sharp edges such as text were fuzzy and stepped. On the LG they're completely crisp. It's remarkable.

The speaker is nothing to write home about but perfectly useable and as good as any of the other portable players. I will mainly be using this with headphones, for which there are two standard sockets.

DIVX playback from a burnt DVD is fine. I haven't yet tested the SD card slot to see if they will play from there, but in theory they should.

Battery life is excellent. The first charge lasted just over four hours. I had the brightness up the whole time as I was in daylight on a train, and also didn't use it continuously - it was on and off over the course of a few days. So the claim of six hours is probably accurate if you were to have it on constantly with the screen dimmed. Nonetheless, I'm impressed with four hours.

The styling is beautiful as you'd expect from LG. It's shiny! The swivel screen is great for space-saving and clicks reassuringly in to place. It feels sturdy - I'm usually scared of breaking swivel screens!

Neatly, there are no buttons on the player as most have.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Reb on 27 Mar 2011
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Following months of research into buying a new portable DVD player, I narrowed my choices down to this and the Sony DVPFX 730. Both had good features but the Sony had a few scathing reviews, despite being more versatile.

I previously had a Goodmans model several years ago that broke down just outside its 1 year warranty after being used about 15-20 times only and both the retailer and Goodmans would not accept any sort of liability. Hence, I was being careful that the model I chose now had some sort of back-up if the DVD drive packed in - in this case, movies can be played via USB or memory card.

This player is far better than I expected. A previous reviewer advised to check it out in Currys, which I did - they were not wrong, the picture quality easily outclassed everything on display. The resolution is not stated anywhere online but I can confirm the sticker on the player gives 800 x 480 (although the manual states 480 x 234 in the specifications and 720 x 576 in the instructions!) My guess is that the 720 x 576 may refer to playing movies with the player plugged to a TV, ie. not upscaling. Perhaps someone else can post a review confirming the actual resolution.

There are only colour and brightness options, no contrast, but the picture really is good quality without the need of the contrast.

The screen spins 180 degrees and can tilt, even folds back on itself if needed. This helps with controlling any unwanted reflections on its nice glossy screen (non of that plastic dull rubbish).

The touch controls down the sides are nice and only need very light touch but I prefer to use the remote control that is actually a proper remote not one of those generic credit-card sized efforts.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Orchard Gate on 3 Oct 2010
Great player with excellent picture and the resume feature - which surely should be a standard on all portable DVD players but isn't - makes it practical and convenient, as you start viewing where you last switched off. But be aware of one draw back - with the battery fitted (and what's the use of knowing the weight without a battery?) this beast is as thick as a hardback book and weighs 1.4kg. As this player replaced an older Shinco which I have owned for a few years and loved before it started to show signs of old age and which weighed less than half this LG product, it came as something of a shock.

Of course the battery life is a lot longer but so too are my arms now, lugging around what feels like two bricks tied together.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By fatbloke on 25 May 2011
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We have a lot of experience of portable DVD players in our house because my son is autistic and uses his one for a number of hours every day. He's had a Sony for a few years which has been good but I have to say that quality-wise this is at least as good.

The screen is excellent, very sharp and bright. It also responds quickly - which is a fault in many of the cheap brands. Even the Sony would take about 45 seconds to prepare to read a DIVX DVD but this does it in about 15 seconds.

I found the information about this player to be a bit vague and contradictory so I can confirm that is DOES come with a remote control - in fact it's virtually a necessity - see below.

We've not tested the battery in anger - but it certainly appears to be a good 4 hours minimum.

It does have some peculiarities though which may or may not be an issue or you:

1) The battery does not charge whilst he player is ON, it needs to be plugged-in but switched OFF.

2) The screen will not lean back from the upright position UNLESS it's rotated to the "back-to-front" position. In practice you therefore cant really use it without rotating the screen.

3) Normal fast-forward/reverse can't be done without using the remote control. Since my son likes to continually wind DVDs bacwards and forwards in short bursts - this means that he has to use the remote all of the time.

4) There is no Volume control on the remote - just a rotary on the side of the player.

5) The clever on-screen buttons are a nice feature - but mean that you basically have to press TWO buttons every time you want to do something. For example, if you want to pause, you need to press the button to SWITCH ON the buttons, then press the pause button. To start playing again, SWITCH ON again, then PLAY. In practice, I think the remote is easier to use.
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