on 13 September 2011
Have been using this for some time now and think that it is pretty good! I will outline my experience of it:
1) Gr8 to keep the kids occupied - not only on long journeys such as long drives or flights but I've also found it useful in restaurants, especially when you are going out in family groups! Just put the volume low and chuck a movie on and voila! The kids are kept busy!
2) Has a USB port - reads my flash drive like a dream (upto 16GB flash drive) & is easy to navigate. This is also very useful as one can then view the USB drive by plugging the portable DVD player straight into the TV to get the big picture using the A/V leads provided (though sound quality in this case isn't excellent but sufficient)! - if you don't already have a USB port on your telly that is (usually the case if you still have an old CRT TV).
3) Has a remote control - with plenty of functionality.
4) Has a memory card slot - though I haven't tried this yet.
5) Comes with all the leads - A/V lead, power lead, car charger, earphones.
6) Also comes with a simple carry case - with room enough for just the portable player.
7) Is light - under 2 kilos.
8) Picture Quality & Resolution is excellent.
9) Swivel screen.
10) Plays multi-region & multi-format cd's/dvd's/files.
CONS (not many):
1) Looks a bit cheap & 'plasticky' - but I don't particularly mind this
2) Battery only seems to last around 2-2.5 hrs - basically can only watch 1 full movie on it before having to recharge. This may be a pain for some people! Note that on long car journeys though you can keep it plugged in with the car charger.
3) A/V and power leads are a bit short - both only about a metre long - so reach is limited from the mains socket to player and from player to TV.
4) Doesn't seem to play MP4 video format!
In the end I think the advantages far outweigh the cons and is a reasonable price to pay for a mid quality multi-format/multi-region 9" swivel-screen portable DVD player with all the functionality described above. I will give 4 stars instead of the full 5 due to the battery lasting only 2-2.5hrs and the delicate swivel hinge as below!
ADDITION: - After a while of usage now (including a lot of usage by the kids), I have noticed that the TV screen flap has become very shaky and doesn't 'lock' into place once in the closed/down position anymore - leading to the tv screen being able to swivel even in the down position (although it works fine but something has obviously broken in the hinge)! Hence customers/kids need to take extra care when opening/shutting/handling/revolving of tv screen - the swivel hinge seems to be quite delicate.
on 23 March 2013
I rarely write reviews, but here we go: I am rather impressed, and thought that some additional
information not already mentioned in the other reviews might help people making an informed
I wanted a portable, multi-region, DVD-player with a 9", swivel screen at a good price. So it was
down to this one, and the Orei DVD-P901. I found it very hard to choose: the Orei is cheaper, and
supposedly has a (significantly) longer battery life. However, one thing what swayed me was that
the Orei player can't really be used without its remote, and that (from reviews) it had odd
limitations, like only allowing fast forwarding at 2x.
Anyway, I bought the Premier player, and while I obviously cannot really comment on whether or
not it is the better of the two, I can say that I'm pretty impressed so far. All the basics are
there: plays DVDs, picture quality is very good, and sound perfectly acceptable: it's never going
to be great through the small on-board speakers, but they do the job, and through good quality
headphones, I have no complaints. Cannot comment on the battery life as I have not had it for long
enough, but have no reason to doubt the figures quoted in the other reviews. I guess this is one
of the main weaknesses of the Premier player: would certainly be nice to be able to watch at
least a couple of movies on the go. Also, as others have commented, the overall appearance
is a bit "plastic". In particular, the control buttons do not feel particularly sturdy. But
with a little care, it should last, and for the price, I didn't expect much more.
The supplied carrying case is also useful: again, maybe not stellar quality, but large enough for
the player and all supplied accessories (as well as a few CDs and DVDs without their jewel cases).
The case is designed to allow the player to be operated by remote control inside the case (a little
window for the IR signal and a zip giving access to all connectors and the on-off switch). It
also has straps that I assume are intended for mounting the player in a car (on the back of one
of the front seats), but then the straps holding the DVD player itself in place obscures part of the
screen. Also, maybe the case it a tad to flimsy for that particular application.
Video in and out is a nice touch for a portable player: I connected it to an old 20" Dell LCD,
which happens to have composite video in, and the picture quality blew me away. Video in could
come in handy on the go: effectively a portable screen. I connected it to my Canon camera, which does
have a composite video out, and it worked fine. However, for previewing pictures from the camera, the
easiest would be to just take out its memory card and plug it into the Premier player's SD card slot.
I tried, and that worked fine, as expected, producing a slide show of the pictures on the card. By
contrast, connecting the camera via USB did not work: the player just said "device not supported".
Clearly, it does not have USB drivers for cameras.
What I didn't really expect, and that's why I give the Premier SB-D9020 an excellent rating, despite
some of the drawbacks above, was the extra features related to the SD and USB connectivity. It has
a very nice feature for copying CD tracks to either one of the supported memory card formats
(only tired SD cards) or USB drives in MP3 format. The interface allows quality, speed, and tracks
to be selected in a comprehensive, intuitive, manner. I tried to record directly to one of my
portable media players (a Cowon), and that worked great. (But of course, the Cowon presents
a standard USB flash drive interface to whatever it is connected to, unlike certain popular
devices that require special software to manage the media on the device.)
On top of this, SD cards and USB drives are handled very well. I tried both SD and SDHC cards.
I tried a variety of USB devices, including a hard drive and a USB memory card reader with multiple
cards plugged in (a compact flash card and an SD card). All worked: whenever needed, the player will
ask which of a number of attached storage devices to use. Also, by pressing the copy button on the
remote, it is possible to copy directories and individual files from a USB drive to a connected memory
card or vice versa, and it is possible to delete files. What does not seem possible is to change names
of files, create directories, etc. But even so, the facilities there goes quite far. For example,
one could use the player to back up pictures from a camera SD card onto a portable hard drive while
on the go, which might mean that the laptop can stay at home.
All in all, good to excellent quality for the price, and significantly more versatile than I initially
thought. Will have to wait and see how it holds up long term.
on 2 November 2010
I had been looking for Multi-region players for some time and took chance to buy this from Amazon. I am now very pleased with my decision as this little player is upto my expectation for all main features such as playing-back all region dvds straight out of the box, fantastic qualities of sound and picture and variety of usb & sd/mmc card slots ports.
Playback duration via battery would be more than 3 hours and it is a bonus that it came well packed and supplied with all you need, i.e. main power plug, car charger, av cable, earphone, carry case and remote.
This is a very practical player at a resonable value.
on 21 August 2011
Yes, it really will play R1 dvds for us in the UK frustrated at not being able to get well known old classics.
No codes, no going on internet and trying to follow complicated instructions that never actually work, no risking warrenties.. just put in a R1 disk, and at last I can watch 'Foolish wives', or whatever I can get. Fantastic.
There seemed to be 2 region free players to choose from, this and a Hyundi. This one had very few reviews, but all posative, the hyundi had several, some very posative, some very negative about the quality, so I picked this one. I have only had it a week or so, so no comment on reliability. I It feels ok, .. looks perhaps a little plastic, (well it is, what else should it look like)the instructions are brief, simple and moderatly clear. Set up and operation are very simple, and I am a very 'non tech' person with an aversion to modern electronic devices..
It should be able to feed into my TV for larger screen viewing, but I havn't risked trying that yet!
But above all, this seems the simplest way to view R1 disks I have found. Very glad I bought it.
on 14 May 2011
Just a quick edit to say that a year + later this product is still going strong in all ways and even with a little accidental abuse from my two year old along the way. Love this product.
This DVD has been a life saver for our long plane trips and road trips with our 2 year old toddler.
It has excellent picture and sound quality. It comes with everything you need, battery, ear plugs, remote, power cord, car charger!
The buttons take some getting used to but read the instructions and you'll get used to it quick enough.
Remote needs to be pointed dead on for it to work which still makes it tricky to turn on or manipulate from the front seat.
There is an indicator light on the front of the player that shows green blinking for it charging and green solid for it being fully charged.
The battery lasts for one full length movie, about 2 hours.
My only complaint about the player is that it seems to take forever to re-charge it.