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Superb Picture Quality and Battery Life
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. On the surround, to the left and right of the picture, are touch-screen controls. You touch a 'home' symbol and the menu pops up on screen, with touch-sensitive lights down the edges you touch to select things. Very, very neat. The player also comes with a remote.
Accessory wise, it comes packaged with a soft case, charger and in-car charger, as well as an AV-out cable.
There are a couple of down-sides which I don't mind but some people might want to consider:
1) The screen is glossy. You do see reflections in it if you're somewhere bright, and the touch screen controls on the surround get covered in noticeable finger prints. Like so many LG products it's beautifully shiny but that's not always the most practical thing! This will be a consideration if you're buying it for kids.
2) To be honest, I think this is something common to all portable DVD players: You can't display what you're watching in anything other than widescreen. So, watching old TV shows that are in 4:3, they get stretched to fill the screen. It's anywhere near as annoying on this size screen as it is on your 32" at home, but it might bug some.