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AVOID - Unless you are ok with no "Playback" Function
on 29 June 2012
Firstly i would like to say that the unit itself is as you would expect it to be. Its small, light, stylish and it plays DVD's from every region. There is no set-up required, as all you need to do is just turn it on, place in the dvd and it automatically plays. The unit also comes with both Scart and HDMI connections. HDMI Cable included.
This review is about the product and my own personal reason why i have decided to give it a poor review.
So why only 1 Star?
Well the DVD Player has no Playback. For me Playback is a definite must have and it is something that i use all the time when using a DVD Player. When watching a DVD and you turn off the player half way through, you would expect the player to remember where the disc was left and resume from that position. With this DVD player, this does not happen. After switching off, when you turn it back on the disc automatically plays and starts right back at the beginning of the disc (i.e plays the adverts, menus etc) then you have to go through all the chapters to find where you last watched it.
The manual does say there is a slight "Playback" function available but does still not provide the playback that should be required. It basically tells you that while watching a DVD, if you press the "Stop" button once and leave it, you can then press the "Play" button and the disc resumes from where it was stopped (This is while the player is still powered up and in use). That is fine if you are leaving the room for a few minutes, however as soon as you press the power button to turn the unit off, you loose your place and you have to start over again from the beginning of the disc. In this day of new technology, this should be a function that appears in all DVD/Blu-ray players. My 12 year old Toshiba SD-330E player remembers where discs have been left after switch off just fine. So why could this have not been applied to an newer model?
After trying everything more than once i was not able to get this DVD player to remember the last position of the disc the way i wanted it to and ended up contacting the seller to send it back for a refund. The product information page on Amazon does not tell you that this player has no Playback, which i believe it should. All buyers should not only know what a product does do, but what the product also cannot do. If i had known in advanced (i did search online for other reviews before buying) that this player would not remember where my discs were left after switch off, i would have not purchased this product. I am very disappointed in this purchase. With the "Playback" function, this would have been one of the best Multi-Region DVD players i have seen for sale.
Overall, if you want a fantastic Multi-Region DVD player and you are happy to sit and watch a disc in it entirety and are not fussed about having "Playback" then this is one of the best players to buy and recommend. However if you are into watching DVD's a lot and have to turn a disc of now and then before finishing it and do not want the frustration of having to go through the adverts, trailers, menus and then search through the chapter selection to carry on watching a disc every time, then i recommend that you do not go for this DVD player.
For my opinion the player would be 5/5 if it had the function to remember discs. But for my own personal thoughts, the player has let me down and i am nothing but disappointed, so i have given 1 out of 5.