Philips - 9" Widescreen Portable DVD Player with Dual Screens - Black
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Player TypePortable DVD player
- Maximum Output ResolutionStandard Definition to 480i
- Digital TunerNo
- HDMI Outputs0
- Composite Video Inputs/Outputs0/1
- DVI Outputs0
- Ethernet PortNo
- IEEE 1394 FireWire Port0
- IR Blaster/RepeaterNo
- SD Card SlotNo
- BD LiveNo
- Swivel ScreenNo
- Dual ScreenYes
Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 283 reviews(283 Reviews)
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Average DVD Players|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Overall average set of DVD players. We bought this set originally a year and a half ago for a long car trip where we needed to minimize stops. The setup was okay, picture was good, sound was adequate, and it played DVDs. Basically, it did what we needed it to do. We were pleased to find that, when power is interrupted when the car it turned off, the players will resume the DVD where it was when the power was lost (using the power button will cause the DVD to restart next time). Control of the players can be difficult at times. We control from the front seat with players on the backs of our headrests. The buttons and wheels are difficult to identify without locating them visually. The buttons are located in different spots between the primary player and the repeater screen, and there is no remote control. This results in frequent errors when attempting to control the video for two small children in the back. The power cords are relatively short so expect that installation options will be limited in a larger vehicle like a minivan or large SUV. The cord will reach from the front power point to the back of the front seats without issue, but installation on the back of the second row seats is unlikely. Further, routing the cord in an inconspicuous location can be difficult due to the short length. On durability, the first player lasted about 17 months with occasional use. It failed to where the primary player would continuously spin the DVD but never actually play it. Both screens were still working but the player could no longer read. We had bought the protection plan and were able to replace it. The new DVD players (Aug 2012) had a broken brightness control on the repeater screen with the brightness at full dim. Both players had volume knob issues as well. We exchanged that set for a third set of DVD players that have worked as the first set did for the last couple months. We bought the protection plan again on this set and expect that we will likely have to use it based on the history. Overall, it is an average set of car DVD players that get the job done. The deficiencies have workarounds that you can live with for the price (and the lack of models on the market that don’t have the same deficiencies). Just be sure to get the geek squad protection for at least 2 years because the failure rates on this item are high.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good DVD PlayerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This product lasted very well for the family trip out to Colorado and back. We used our Odyssey Mini-van for the trip and the power cord stretched to the back of the 2nd row seating. There was some adjustment needed with the straps so the kids could see the screen clearly and but only took a minute. I was surprised to see how the straps did not bother me or my wife when we put our head back. The screen picture was very good and my oldest boy (8) figured out the controls in a heartbeat. Only real negative (and it's not that big) is the cords run between the driver side and passenger seat and from one screen to the other. Maybe use some small twisty ties to control the wire mess. Overall, good product but wait till it's on sale or use a gift card. Feel like it should be priced $150.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
So Far So GoodPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
We've had this player for about a month now and so far it has performed flawlessly. Used it quite a bit on a 2300 mile vacation drive. Not having a remote is not a problem for us as we have children old enough to operate the player. We have a Sienna van with 3 rows of seats. The cord between the 2 monitors is too short to reach from the middle row seats to the back row without being in the way. I overcame this by using the 3 way outlet plug. I had a second 3 way plug to plug into the 2nd monitor and used a long cable with the yellow red and white jacks in between them. The picture quality on the 2nd monitor showed no video loss. As far as the sound goes I use an FM transmitter to play through the car stereo. The outlet sound is more powerful than most players so the radio volume gets more than loud enough. If you only use the speakers on the video screens the volume is also more than adequate. I used an extension from my 12v car plug so that the power supply to both monitors was not a problem. It's too bad the design of this player is not designed for 3 rows of seats otherwise I would give it 5 stars.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Pretty Good So FarPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just purchased this portable DVD set today in preparation for our family vacation road trip. I love the fact that they are designed for the headrests; that was my primary selling point. I also hadn't considered dual screens until I saw this set up and the affordability in the store. I have 2 kids and this set up works perfectly. I'm impressed with everything thus far except: all the wires, and I'm waiting to see how it performs on a road trip. The DVD skipped just with me moving it around the table away from the kids while I was testing it out. That concerns me about bumps in the road but I can't imagine this wasn't designed to accomodate bumps in the road being that it's a portable DVD player designed for the car. Hopefully I was being too rough. And the cable that runs between the two screens, as well as the car power adapter running between both screens then to the cigarette lighter makes for a lot of lines and wires that can get tangled or pulled out when unloading kids. I really don't see any other way around it but it's still a bit of a pain. That's the primary reason this product got 4 stars instead of 5. But I'll come back and make a different review (and return the product) if it skips all the way down the road when we head out.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Spongebob to go please...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
My wife and I use this for car trips with our 2 and 3 year old daughters. It keeps the kids entertained when they are getting cranky and/or tired of the drive. Picture quality and sound are both good, especially for a cheap mobile set. The twin wires that feed power to the units were easily rerouted and concealed within our car...plenty of length to the wire for this. My only real "con" about this item...and it is truly a small con...is that the screen is easily dirtied with fingerprints and whatnot, but then again my children can destroy anything in about 2 seconds flat...its a gift. Oh...for the parents...this unit comes with both A/C and D/C wires...as well as A/V cables...so if you are doing an overnight drive and you stop at a hotel...you can take the main unit in and with the supplied wires you can plug it into your room tv and enjoy a movie. We are happy with our purchase...and would buy another!
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great for long road trips!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The things I love about this product are ease of installation/removal and simplicity of use. While on our vacation we took the screen with the DVD into the cabin to allow the kids to watch a movie. It also makes long trips more enjoyable. I connected the audio to my ipod input for the stereo, so it was like watching a movie with surround sound. The things I wish this unit had is a remote, tilting screens (My headrests tilt back making the screen tilt back also. The screens are great for looking at it straight on or with it tilted down, but it looks very dim when looking up at it.), internal rechargable battery, and longer audio/video cord (this would allow for hiding the cord that connects the two screens. Overall, I am happy with the purchase and would definitely recommend it to a friend. Also, definitely go for the larger 9 inch screens. They provide easy viewing from the second and third row seating.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent for long trips. Good sound and image.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
-- I got this DVD player for long trips with our two children. -- The player is easy to set up. -- The sound and image are just fine. -- The movie starts where you leave it if you have to turn the player off before the movie is finished. -- Our kids used headphones with this unit. I haven't explored the possibility of using cordless headphones with this player. -- Unfortunately this player is not equipped to be used with batteries of any kind. -- I needed to purchase a case for transporting and storing this player. -- We've used it for two long trips so far. Don't know yet how "durable" it'll be. -- The only issue was having the cords running in between the two screens. The looked ugly, but most importantly they were in our way when trying to pass lunches, snacks, etc. from the front to the back seats. The good news was that the cords were long enough for my husband to re-route them and secure them out of everyone's way. I wish someone would seriously consider producing cordless players.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Hard to watch breaks easy.Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Hard to watch during the day. On day trips even without the sun directly hitting the TV monitor it was hard to see. Work best at night. We bought these in Feb 2010 and by June 2010 we were calling in for factory replacement. The screens them selves are pretty durable, but the DVD unit would "latch" shut, but when you put it vertical to attach to the back of the seat, the DVD door would loosen so that it would playing your DVD. In order to have continuous play, you had to hold the unit closed with your hand for the entire movie, or tie something tight around the screen to keep it shut (rubber band, string, etc). This makes viewing movies a royal pain in the butt! Then when I called Philips customer service in early July, they tell me a replacement will come in 2-4 weeks...Really??? That eats into your 1 year warranty just waiting for replacements. Gets better people...I then get a call 1 MONTH LATER from Philips telling me they expected to get more of those units in, but that they aren't and don't know when they will so they will send me another 9" screen comparable. 6 weeks after my original call I get my replacements. They are individual laptop style 9" portable DVD Players. Not at all what I expected. After calling them they said they didn't have anymore of the model I bought and that I could keep these individual Portable DVD players or send them a copy of my receipt and they would refund me my $. Don't know if they'll refund 100% or not, but still debating on what to do. Got these because thought it would be safer than the laptop style portables because of my 2 1/2 year old because of damage, but now not quite sure at all. Unit looks nice...clean design, but to have a hardware issue with it within the first 4 month period...for the price we paid... which btw in Feb 2010 was $209. Wasn't worth it. Luckily it happened during my 1 year warranty and I have a chance to do something about it.