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Sylvania - 13.3 Portable DVD Player - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 422 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Met my expectations

    Posted
    Maxx
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The Sylvania 13.3 Portable DVD Player has met my expectations. I bought it about one month ago and have watched several movies on it at my home. The picture quality and sound are good. Most of the DVDs I watched, I rented from the local town library. A few times a picture would freeze. At first I thought there was something wrong with the DVD player. On closer examination, I noticed several scratches on the DVD. I found that if I cleaned the DVD by wiping the rented DVD with a wet tissue, this would help eliminate picture freezes. I do not have any problem with DVDs I purchased because there are no scratches. I also found out that when I return rented DVDs to the library, I should let the librarian know if there were any scratches on the DVD that made the picture freeze. The library has a "DVD buffer" that cleans up the DVD. I have not used the DVD in my car since I am almost always the driver. In summary, after one month of use, I am satisfied with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very user-friendly.

    Posted
    Loosy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was very impressed by the size of the screen and all the ports that can be used to watch a video or see a bunch of pictures. Or whatever your needs are with entertainment. I say it's user-friendly because my mother has Alzheimer's and she's able to use this Sylvania DVD player portable. It has very good sound quality. It's not heavy so that you can take it from place to place. Buttons are very clear and understandable. It also comes with a remote that is very useful so you don't have to keep getting up and down. I've had another one that was smaller but this one outshines them all. Sincerely Jen

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Basic, but generally serves its purpose

    Posted
    Speedrye
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    We used this mounted to the rear of my large car's headrest to entertain the kid on a long drive, and I'm pretty sure he felt like he was sitting in a movie theater since this is so big. The player is basic without many options, isn't the highest resolution and had occasional problems when we hit bumps, but a toddler was quiet for a long trip, so I can't complain too much. Battery life exceeded the 2-hour movie he watched (without headphones-volume turned halfway up), but I have no idea how much life it had left before plugging it in. Occasionally, a bump in the road would cause it to skip and start the movie back from the beginning which was a pain, but the remote made finding the right scene again pretty easy. We'll use it again on long drives. If you've got a small car or backseats, this might be too big of a player/screen. The size could also be an issue since it's easier to kick and make the movie skip if you've got a toddler. Next time, we'll try downloading a movie digitally and try that instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average Player

    Posted
    Like
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I got this to help my Dad who has early onset dementia because he loves watching movies on his computer - but had a hard time remembering which buttons to press on the computer - and he would like to watch movies in different rooms in the house - I thought this would be perfect for him - however the buttons needed a little more prompting than he was capable - and it was a little confusing for him to use - the portability was excellent - and the weight of the machine could not be lighter - however - we still needed to put post-it prompts to what buttons to press to keep it going - Also - the volume on the machine was not loud enough - but he does need hearing aids - I did hook up portable speakers and that seemed to help. Good product - but not excellent.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

    Posted
    wisper
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    As a truck driver I sit at docks for hours, using up all my internet. This player seems very light and a little delicate, but it has been holding up being bounced around the truck when I'm driving. Yes the speakers kinda suck but I plug into the trucks system. I wish it would show time left in the movie. Otherwise this player is great. Big screen, easy controls, has played every movie, and the "bubble wrap" it came in makes a great carry case. I always plug into the cig lighter plug, have not used battery yet. Came with home and auto power cords, a remote which I don't use, and headphones which I don't use. I would buy another if this one broke

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    awkard remote

    Posted
    raccoonskunk
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    In my limited use before I returned it, I'd say the player works ok, but the remote is awkward. It's like someone who hardly ever used a remote designed it. It's tiny, the buttons are all crammed together with no logical grouping and separation, there is no on/off button on the remote, and you have to be precise in pointing it at the machine or it won't get "read". Also, the door of the DVD tray pops up only a little bit when you press the "open" button, so you have to struggle to pry it open more to insert/remove disks (it doesn't even open enough on its own to put a finger (or anything) under the lid). Not a good choice for frequent use or for old folks!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It serves the purpose

    Posted
    Dave
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I use this to watch instructional DVD's in my shop. It serves the purpose but I don't expect it to last very long. I doesn't feel like it was built very well, I wouldn't want to use it as my only player. If I get a couple of years out of it I would be content. It serves my purpose, if it doesn't break in a couple of months it will have been worth the cost. Would I recommend it to a friend? Sure, if it's for their kids bedroom or play room or as a spare for their shop like me. The shop gets dusty, I don't like to bring my laptop in there, for a hundred bucks I'm good with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Suzie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    The buttons and console feel flimsy. The sound on the left speaker died after only 1 month. Now, 2 months later, the buttons do not work properly. For example, when I click ENTER to choose a dvd menu option the MUTE function turns on instead. After you click ENTER 2 more times, the dvd will begin to play but you have to then UNMUTE. It is too late to return the product to the store and now I will have the hassle of tracking down the manufacturer. The larger screen size is not worth the poor quality of the actual player. I regret this purchase.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice size screen. Replaced my old 7" portable

    Posted
    RLwagner
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I needed something for a mini vacation and my 7" portable is too small for several people to sit around and watch. The screen size is good. Two things keep it from a 5 star rating. #1 the screen brightness depends on how you view it, and from which angle. So head on watching it best. #2 this is a simple dvd player, it will play dvds either store bought or homemade, and will play Cds & mp3 audio and display jpeg pictures, but it won't play videos made with a cellphone or from a computer, so no MPG4 on a flashdrive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Jerry
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this for my kids to take on a long car trip. Size of the screen is great, the player is lightweight, and easy to use. But....Sound is awful, and after trying it out the screen started messing up. The screen was split down the middle in two different colors. I think it had to do with the swivel part having some kind of short or loose connection? Either it was defective or its just poorly made. If it would have worked right other than the sound it would have been ok.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    battery problems

    Posted
    neonleon
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This worked fine at first. I got about 2 hours battery life which was long enough to watch 1 full movie. After time, just a few months, a fully charged battery would only last about 1 hour, so I couldn't even watch a full movie. The place where I used it didn't offer me the option of plugging it into a wall socket, so I just stopped using it. As far as I can tell, the battery can't be replaced, so until I use it some place where I can plug it in, it just sits and gathers dust.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    Posted
    DaveOrlandPark
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    So far, so good. The player seems to be well made. The picture is excellent, audio is okay at best. Headphones or external speaker may be needed. We will be using this on camping trips with grandchild. He figured it out quickly, not surprising. I am writing this the day I purchased the player. If I encounter anything in the future, I will let you know, if modifications to review are possible. The main reason for the four star instead of five star is the audio quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Value

    Posted
    HappyRetiree
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this DVD player to use at home but in locations other than where the television lives. I use it plugged into household electricity so don't know how well it works on battery power. I like that it is light-weight so truly portable. The screen is a nice size so I can see details in the picture easily, a real advantage if I am watching an instructional video. The sound is of reasonable quality, but the maximum volume is fairly soft without earphones. (My hearing is normal.) In general, it is a simple machine that works well so is good value for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to cable!

    Posted
    KathyP
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this item because my new place is in a remote location and most of the time my cable service stinks. I bought this portable CD player when my service was out one weekend and I find I use it more than cable some times. It's a great product, works so well I was thinking about buying a second one just to have it handy. Thanks for a nice product, I find it a great alternative to cable or newer tv style viewing, I'm still old fashioned and like my old DVD collection. Thanks again

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Tried 2 times

    Posted
    DisapointedinWheels
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I got one from the store and it didn't power up and I returned it, then I ordered one from the BB website to be deliver and it powered up, started to play the DVD and it froze, I took the DVD out, put it again and I got "No DVD' message. Tried 4 other DVDs and keep getting the "No DVD". I turned off and tried again and still didn't work. This one is going back too and I giving up on the idea of a portable DVD player, I'll use my laptop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    Posted
    Caye
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this to watch DVD's on trips or just at home. I don't have a TV in the bedroom, so wanted to watch when I go to bed. Anyway, I got it home and set up. The minute I took it out of the box just feels cheaply made. Buttons are hard to push, the picture was not crisp at all. Was very disappointed, was told by sales rep it was the best. I wouldn't waste my money on this particular one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Freezes Up. Controls don't make sense

    Posted
    Dsmythe
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Bought this DVD to help practice with my Banjo lessons! It freezes up regularly. The remote works.....remotely.....sometimes it works and some not. I had to put in a new battery the one that came with it was DOA. I am considering returning it but will see if I can get it to function as it needs to. We will see how Best Buy handles returns more than likely.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This was a perfect video player

    Posted
    XLsDADDY
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We stopped in while on a long road trip so our kids could watch some movies while we traveled. This was a nice big screen, nice picture, easy function buttons, and so on. Only issue was we had some trouble with the plug in cord once in a while that would make the screen go black and stop the movie. We kept thinking the kids just bumped the cord, but it did it to my wife as well. So who knows?????

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sylvania Portable DVD Player

    Posted
    Goose
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I do a number of DVD's of Great Courses. The DVD player is great for that because it allows me to view the course material just about anywhere. Before getting the player, I would not very often view the courses. It is very convenient for to just load a DVD and sit back an learn. Definitely a best buy for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Honestly surprised

    Posted
    krazierkris1976
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Looked at reviews, but what caught my eye was the accessory's. comparable's only listed the device. This one said it comes with power cord, 12 V car adapter, and ear buds. It does and the ear buds aren't to bad. the sound from the system is hollow but loud and decent. For the price I'm extremely impressed.

    I would recommend this to a friend