For its price it is good. The DVD worked fine and the USB works with JPG pics and AVI/DIVX movies. There is an LED display on the front which shows you how long you have watched the DVD. The hack mentioned by Duncan converts it to multi-regional. The remote could be larger and more ergonomical. I am thinking of buying a second one for my other TV. I did not need to read the very small manual. It does not support HDMI, so use a SCART instead (not supplied). It has a magnify function, which I found very usefull when viewing films on my old 4:3 TV (i.e. good for your dad or Grandma). It also supports the American NTSC system as well as PAL, so you can play American DVDs once you have made it multi-regional, which makes it great value for money.
NB. You have to enter the standard Toshiba hack to make it multi-region; use remote to open the tray; enter 98790 and there you are (then it will play your USA DVDs).
The weakest link, will be the DVD tray, it is mechanical, could last 1, 2 or 3 years...
Endnote (Dec 2011): After over a year of owning this DVD player it is still working fine. I am buying this player for my mum for Christmas, she is now 80, so she can play my James Garner DVDs.
on 7 July 2011
Thanks to Duncan, I bought this DVD Player as I needed a region free player. It was the simplest one I have ever come across. The code (98790) works perfectly! my only concern is that when I turned it on, I noticed that it is exactly the same as the SUMVISION DVD player (which is also region free), the only difference is that it has the Toshiba name on it. This concerned me because I bought the Sumvision dvd player which was a bit iffy when playing dvd's and files off a USB to eventually it wouldn't play anything and I had to throw it away. Hopefully this one doesn't do the same. The remote is flimsy but I will be using this DVD player occasionally and to play my region 1 DVD's. It plays all DVD's so far and it's quite fast for loading (faster than my bluray player anyway). Some people have said that its quite a big DVD player, in my opinion its not that big, its the same size as samsung bluray players and some LG bluray players. It has a nice gloss finish at the front and connection is easy. It doesn't HDMI connection only SCART and AV. However there is an upscaling one which is a few pounds more, which the code works on as well. Its perfect for a bedroom, spare DVD player or something for your children and occasional use. If this DVD player is like the SUMVISION, it is best to have it unplugged when not in use as it can overheat (apparently).
on 13 July 2010
This is a great price for a multi-region DVD player. You have to enter the standard Toshiba hack to make it multi-region (use remote to open the tray; enter 98790 and there you are) but that's quite straightforward. I opened the box, plugged it in and off it went. No problems!
The remote feels cheap and nasty and the buttons are very crowded; and the DVD tray feels feels flimsy. It can also be a bit noisy when searching. But all of those seem like minor irritations for the price.
I've had problems using USB memory with it. It couldn't read a fairly new, FAT32, memory stick - or, although it showed the folders, it didn't display any files. But it worked fine with an old FAT one.
Sound and picture quality aren't things that I'm particularly interested in, but it seems reaonable to me.
on 30 August 2010
This is a DivX 6.0 certified DVD player which (besides your DVD collection) can playback divx, xvid, mpeg2, mp3 and jpg files recorded either on CD's, DVD's or on flash memories (USB memory sticks or if you use a card reader it can also read memory cards).
MP3 playback supports files with a bit rate up to 320Kbps and JPG playback supports photos with a resolution up to 5760x3840 pixels.
This DVD player can also be used as an MP3 converter. Just load an audio CD and connect a flash memory. Then you have the option to choose between normal and high speed converting with four different quality settings. It even creates ID3 tags whenever available on the source audio CD.
I had connected my MP3 player to the USB port in order to convert an audio CD to MP3 and to my surprise the MP3 player was charging while connected to the port! (I assume that portable Hard Disk Drives powered by the USB port could also be connected).
I was also surprised to see that Divx subtitles are supported for almost all European languages. But firstly you have to choose the desired language from the "divx subtitles setup menu". There are five language groups available:
1. Standard: Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Gaelic, German, Italian, Kurdish (Latin), Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
2. Central European: Albanian, Croat, Czech, Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Irish, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene and Sorbian.
3. Cyrillic: Bulgarian, Belorussian, English, Macedonian, Moldavian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian
4. Greek: English and Modern Greek.
5. Hebrew: English and Modern Hebrew.
Nice specifications so far but unfortunately this DVD player can access only 500 files. It may seem strange but it's something that I have experienced and is also mentioned in the instruction manual. Regardless if you use CD, DVD, or flash memory its better to make sure that the media you are using contains no more than 500 files in total, otherwise some of them will not appear at all. For example, let's assume that you have a memory card from your digital camera containing 3 folders with 300 photos in each folder. Connecting the memory card to your DVD player will show you that the first folder contains 300 photos, the second 200 and the third folder would appear as empty! (I have tested this DVD player only with 2GB flash memories -memory sticks and SD cards. Note that the instruction manual states that it can read both FAT16 and FAT32 memories but it can't read NTFS formatted memories).
Another minor thing to keep in mind is that divx movies with 24fps cannot be played back on this DVD. Only the standard frame rate movies (25fps or 30fps) can be played back. (This is something that will rarely happen but if a movie won't play remember to check its frame rate).
Keep in mind also that if you wish to watch just a part of a movie and the rest at some other time, then you should remember the time where you stopped the movie, so to be able to find it easily. Unfortunately, there is no resume function and the movie will always start from the beginning whenever you turn on the DVD player.
Finally, if you have a 16:9 TV remember -as soon as you connect the DVD player- to use the setup menu in order to change the TV setting from 4:3 (default) to 16:9 in order to get the best picture possible. Let me mention also that if you are watching a 4:3 DVD and the picture won't fill the whole TV screen then you may have to change the "View Mode" which scales an image so that it fits the TV screen's width and height. The six available options are: Fill, Original, Height Fit, Width Fit, Auto Fit and Pan Scan.
Overall, besides some small drawbacks, this is simply an exceptional DVD player!
on 4 July 2009
If you looking for a DVD Player which playes everything under the sun, this is the one you want. I download movies of the internet and I manage to play all of them via my USB. I can also burn DivX onto a CD and play's no probzzzzz!!! I buy LOADS of region 1 USA DVD's, they are alot cheaper, they play on this DVD Player .
I HIGHLY recommend it.!!!