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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for the Money, 9 Feb 2010
This review is from: Philips PET742/05 7 Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Mounting Pouch - Black (Electronics)
Really pleased with this portable DVD player. Very neat and fits well to back of headrest with car pouch included. Also sits well if kids need to watch it in airports or on holiday but screen protected when folded away for transport. Have found sound quality good compared to previous portable DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for long trips with little ones, 2 July 2010
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Simon Newton (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Philips PET742/05 7 Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Mounting Pouch - Black (Electronics)
I wanted a portable DVD player as we were going to being driving to France on holiday and wanted something to help our 3 year old get through 6 hours of driving either side of a cross-channel trip.

The box contains the DVD unit itself, car headrest pouch, a small remote control, a mains power lead, a car power lead (12 volt cigarette lighter type) and an AV adapter, instruction manual and warranty information.

First impressions are of a very sleek little unit. The piano black high-gloss finish looks very smart - for about 3 minutes, until it's covered in fingerprints! The stand-out feature is the physical size of the unit. It's very compact and measures 20cm by 16cm by 4cm and weighs less than 1kg. It's definitely portable. The right side of the unit has connections for power, AV out and headphones. There's also a rotary volume control, a power switch and on the left side the switch to open the DVD tray.

The unit opens in clamshell style to reveal a 7" screen with stereo speakers and an infra red sensor for the remote control below it. The base unit has a top-loading DVD tray, buttons for major play and setup functions and a circular-style navigation button for getting through DVD menus, etc. There's also a set of logos to helpfully remind you that you can play DVDs, CDs, MP3 CDs and DivX files and JPEGs as well. The screen can also do its party trick of swivelling 270 degrees and tilting through 180 degrees! The unit starts to play automatically when switched on. You can access a setup menu to adjust brightness, contrast, screen saver, etc.

The screen itself is surprisingly good and really does do films justice. It's also bright enough to cope with strong sunlight - perfect for in-car use. Colours are sharp and movement is crisp with no sign of blocking or other compression artefacts. It also handles all the various DVD menus and options we've thrown at it so far with no issues at all. The speakers work as expected for small units - there's very little bass, but they are commendably loud - again important for in-car viewing. If you want to use headphones then the sound is really very good indeed! Through a pair of Panasonic RP HT225 - Headphones ( ear-cup ) - black for example, the bass suddenly appears and the noise this little unit makes is very enjoyable. Listening to MP3s is a pleasure. One good thing to note is that the maximum volume level the unit can be set at isn't dangerously loud, so if you have children using this unit with headphones on then there shouldn't be any risk of them getting a damaging volume level. Our little boy was quite happy without headphones on and found the volume level fine for watching films in the back of the car. The adults in the front seats found the speakers were quite directional so we didn't have to shout over the sounds of various Pixar movies either!

Speaking of the car, the unit comes with everything you need to set this up as a headrest-mounted screen for a rear passenger. Firstly you get a car power adapter with a sensible length of lead - you should have no issues getting from your cigarette lighter socket to a rear headrest wherever you need to plug in. You then have to twist the trick screen all the way around and fold it back on itself. You then slip the whole unit into the provided case. This has cut-outs for screen, speakers and IR sensor, a velcro closure to keep the unit in the case, and then webbing straps that you can attach to one of the front seat headrests with adjustable plastic buckles. It's easy to adjust the unit to get a good viewing position and the straps don't get in the way for the front seat occupants. Switch on, press play and away you go. Easy in-car entertainment.

The machine has a built-in rechargeable battery and will charge from either the mains or from the car - but it only recharges when the unit is switched off. If you are watching a DVD then all the power is used for that, there's nothing spare to charge the battery. Switching from power to battery is seamless, though, and no interruption to the unit's operation. The unit has a claimed 5 hours of battery life on the "power saving" setting for screen brightness. In the real world I think this is probably pretty close to the mark. We didn't operate it on the power saving "dim" mode, but on medium for a happy balance of picture quality and battery life. On our trip we got just over 3 hours of continuous operation running on battery mode alone, but on the way back I was happily switching between battery and car power as I swapped the power leads between DVD player and my satnav. While we were staying away we used a continental mains adpater for our son to watch the odd film when and it worked well in this regard as well.

The only slight negative is regarding the remote control. For young children it will be difficult for them to operate any remote control so a passenger is going to have to help them - there is no access to the controls on the machine itself if you are set up as a headrest screen. The IR sensor is small and very directional, so if that passenger is in the front seat they have to lean right back and point the remote at the screen head on. You obviously can't see the screen to check the menu so probably best to use a familiar DVD if you're in this situation! If you have older children or another rear-seat passenger then this small issue won't occur as the remote is a standard layout with all the usual buttons they'll be familiar with.

Overall this unit provides an excellent screen for its size, true portability and a really useful and practical in-car DVD function. Its ability to play MP3s as well means that it's quite a good all-in-one unit for a holiday. The small size and weight would make it great for use on an aircraft, train, etc and it's an ideal way to help younger passenger pass long journeys. Excellent build-quality and ease of use just ice the cake. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Excellent !!, 26 April 2010
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This review is from: Philips PET742/05 7 Inch Portable DVD Player with Car Mounting Pouch - Black (Electronics)
This is the first portable DVD player we have bought, but it's great. Fits to the headrest easily and the charge lasts for ages. Easily 5 hrs + . build quality is as you would expect from a Phillips product. All in all a good buy.
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