Philips PET1002 Portable DVD Player
Philips portable dvd players are most noted for their exceptional
image quality, placing them in the top two spots of the best portable
dvd players overall.
The 850 is popular with ipod users, with its ipod docking station,
to allow the viewing of ipod movies.
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Philips PET1002 Portable DVD Player
The Philips PET1002 offers excellent image quality in a sleek form
with 10 inch screen, positioning it at the head of the portable
DVD player market.
The Philips's PET1002 [also known as the PET1002/37] provides good
image quality at a moderate price [Est $330-400].
The player is a is a sleek-looking player, with a large 10.2-inch
piece of equipment with a large screen and supports a wider range
of media formats than many.
Image quality - sharpest, highest-resolution displays
on a portable DVD player. Accurate, well-saturated colors and only
minimal noise. Movies appear more three-dimensional than on standard,
budget, portable DVD player.
Sound quality - okay, although maximum volume
is a little low.
- Sleek design - Silver exterior, with a matte-black inside finish.
- Huge 10-inch screen
- Measures 10.2 by 1.2 by 7.1 inches
- Weighs 3.5 pounds with the removable lithium-ion battery attached
and 2.6 pounds without it.
- Nicely designed remote--it's a cross between a standard- and
credit card-size DVD remote
- A cigarette-lighter adapter ships in the box to power the player
during long car rides.
- PET1002 battery life - 4 hours plus - that's impressive for
a player with a screen this size.
- Media Formats Supported - plays DVDs and CDs, MPEG-4 and DivX
video files and MP3 and JPEG CD-Rs.
- Connectivity - car adapter, a component-video output, and two
- Cable package - component-video and S-Video outputs for connecting
to a TV. Most other portable units include neither type of cable.
- Digital-audio output for connecting to an A/V receiver, a video
input so that you can use it as a monitor
- Dual headphone jacks - keeps two kids quiet for the price of
Two disadvantages over other portable DVD players are the cost,
- Drive mechanism was noisy when firing up a DVD, and when spinning
up a hard-to-read mixed media disc. Once up to speed, the noise
- Can take a while for some larger JPEG images to load.
- Weight is more than most other portable DVD players.
A great portable dvd player option if you can afford it.
Philips DCP850 Portable DVD Player
The Philips DCP850 has plenty of appeal for video iPod users.
It's among the first devices to combine an iPod dock with a portable
DVD player, plus it offers good connectivity and supports useful
A unique feature of the Philips DCP850 is that the screen swivels
180 degrees to accommodate different viewing angles.
The DCP850's biggest drawback is its limited iPod integration.
iPod menus aren't displayed by the DCP850, and the DCP850's remote
basically can't do anything useful for the iPod besides pausing
it. That said, these limitations aren't fatal, because you can easily
use the iPod's controls and display for navigation and command purposes
when the iPod is docked.
In our tests, with its brightness dialed in to a moderately high
setting, the DCP850 delivered approximately 2.5 hours of DVD playback
from a fully charged battery, which isn't very good. We fared better
with the DCP850 playing video from our iPod, getting around 5 hours
of playback before the DCP850's battery died. In addition to a standard
power adapter, the unit is supplied with a car cigarette lighter
adapter for charging on the road. Handily, the DCP850 charges your
docked iPod while charging its own battery. On the downside, the
DCP850's battery isn't removable, so you can't purchase a spare
for long flights.
Overall, the DCP850's performance was good. The unit didn't have
any problem playing home-burned discs including DVDs containing
DivX files and MP3 CDs. What's more, digital photos we'd shot onto
an SD card displayed without issue when we loaded the card into
the DCP850, and the image quality was perfectly acceptable. Although
the puny built-in speakers performed adequately for watching movies,
they sounded too tinny playing music. If you're looking for an iPod
dock to play music, you'll be better off with the Altec Lansing
inMotion iM600 ($149.95).
- Size - 8.3 x 7 x 1.5 inches - no bulkier than a standard portable
- Average size swivel 8.5 inch screen with 16:9 display. [7 inch
screen option - Philips DCP750 ]
- SD card slot - movie and photo viewing
- Video iPod dock - When docked, an iPod is completely flush with
the DCP850's casing.
- iPod dock doubles as a bay for the unit's remote control, using
a locking mechanism.
- Connectivity - side-panel jacks include dual headphone outputs
as well AV-in and AV-out miniplugs.
- Adapter cable to connect to your home entertainment system.
- Media Formats Supported - all ipod formats, MPEG-4/DivX video
files and MP3 CDs and most home-burned DVD and CD media.
Estimated Cost: $US200 [Philips DCP750 costs about
- The remote control doesnt control the docked iPod, and iPod
menus are not displayed on the DCP850's screen.
- Speakers are too small to listen to music.
- Rechargeable battery isn't removable
- Battery Life - only around 2.5 hours of DVD playback between
The appeal of the Philips DCP850 is mostly for video iPod users,
being among the first devices to combine an iPod dock with a portable
DVD player. In spite of its sound issues, it offers good connectivity
and supports most commonly used media formats.
The DCP850 is an all-around solid performer.
Philips PET824/37 Portable DVD Player
The Philips PET824/37 is a stylish portable DVD player with an
8.5-inch widescreen color LCD display.
This player boasts special technology to ensure optimal screen
With up to six hours of video playback via its rechargeable battery,
this portable DVD player is elevated to the top contenders in user
It also offers comprehensive media support - DVD, DVD+/-R and DVD+/-RW,
(S)VCD, DivX and MPEG4 movies as well as MP3/WMA-CD, CD and CD-RW
music and JPEG image files.
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