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OKAY, BUT COULD BE BETTER DESIGNED
on 30 December 2011
I bought these units to replace a couple of Bush Dual DVD players which were truly awful as they never lasted more than a few uses before breaking.
On the move they provide excellent playback quality and being dual DVD each child can select what they want to watch, which saves a lot of arguing. Whilst they are definitely a step change in build quality from the Bush, there are a number of design flaws which stop me awarding 5 stars:-
1) The mounting to the headrests is rather long-winded, comprising solid plastic brackets which are screwed between the headrest mounts and which feature a tilting bracket which means you can get the screen just right for the eye-height of each child. The screens can then be unscrewed from the bracket and hidden out of sight. The problem lies in the bracket, which is fiddly to fit and requires the use of a screwdriver and which can't be stored in the gadget bag provided. When you're not using the units you have to put the brackets somewhere and I end up putting them in a plastic bag, which always seems to end up somewhere different to the screens.
2) There is no remote control for the screens and whilst they're not particularly far away to operate, for my 7 year-old they're very difficult to use. Also, some of the controls are on top of the screen and can not be accessed without taking the seatbelt off to see what you're doing.
3) The worst piece of design, however, is the loading of the DVDs. When you flip the screen down it only opens by about 20 - 30° so loading is made very difficult for children (aged 10 & 7) wearing their seatbelts, which seems to be rather self-defeating.
Overall, I think they're probably some of the best built units on the market, but the attention to detail is very poor and surprising for a company like Philips.