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Old 02-27-01, 07:13 PM
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I just ordered the Sony DVPFX1 Portable DVD with 7" screen. Just wondering on opinions of it. I was originally going to get the DVPF5 which is the same player but without the LCD screen. I decided to spend the extra $500 for the screen because then I could use it while travelling or whatever. I mainly bought it so I could take DVD's with me to peoples houses that didnt have a player and such.

Anyone with this particular unit or any portable units and care to comment on them?
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Old 03-01-01, 09:09 PM
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Old 03-02-01, 04:51 AM
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In my opinion it isn't pratical. it is almost the cost of a laptop. I would rather shell out a few hundred dollars and get a small or large laptop. just my 2 cents. as for quality of the system i honestly have no idea.
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Old 03-02-01, 08:44 AM
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I agree. A decent laptop, DVD-Rom drive, and an extra battery. You'd have not only a nice progressive DVD player for travel, but something for work, MP3, and games.
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Old 03-02-01, 11:27 AM
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Well everyone is entitled to their opinion. I bought a Pioneer portable DVD player with a 7" screen (16x9 format) and to say I love it would be an understatement. I use it on the plane, my family uses it in the car on trips, I hook it to the TV in the hotel rooms I stay in and consequently don't have to pay for the movies there anymore. It has a remote control so I can control it from the bed, and the battery is supposed to last almost 4 hours, but I have yet to have it go out on me. I watched Gladiator and 4 episodes of Monty Python on a long trip to the coast last week and the battery was still going strong. The picture is fantastic, and I think it was one of the wisest investments I have made.
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Old 03-03-01, 11:56 AM
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The sony portable is an excellent player, BUT it also happens to be the most expensive portable out of the bunch. Both the Pioneer and Panasonic are excellent and $2-300 less than the Sony. I really haven't examined them, but I doubt it is worth $300 more. You could buy a nice collection of DVDs with that extra money and an extra battery so you could use one while the other is charging. Good luck with the Sony though! Let us know how it is.
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Old 03-04-01, 02:14 PM
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Originally posted by tdamico
Well everyone is entitled to their opinion. I bought a Pioneer portable DVD player with a 7" screen (16x9 format) and to say I love it would be an understatement. I use it on the plane, my family uses it in the car on trips, I hook it to the TV in the hotel rooms I stay in and consequently don't have to pay for the movies there anymore. It has a remote control so I can control it from the bed, and the battery is supposed to last almost 4 hours, but I have yet to have it go out on me. I watched Gladiator and 4 episodes of Monty Python on a long trip to the coast last week and the battery was still going strong. The picture is fantastic, and I think it was one of the wisest investments I have made.
Ditto on this! I have the Pioneer with the 7" screen and could not be happier! I even use it at work!

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Old 03-04-01, 05:28 PM
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I too own the pioneer 7 inch. The picture quality is awesome! also, ive had a laptop with a 13.3inch screen AND DVD capabilites. However, the size and sound quality of the pioneer make this a gem. we love it and have no regrets for shelling out $850 for it.

bottom line: if you need a laptop anyway, then get one with DVD capabilities and watch movies that way. but if you don't need a notebook, then this is definitely the way to go because you don't have to waste time waiting for it to boot up and it is so small. you also have the convenience of hooking it up to any hotel tv, and it comes with a remote control. it's great on airplanes, too, where space is at a premium. did i mention that we love ours and have no regrets?

p.s. ironically, we find ourselves watching DVDs in bed on the pioneer rather than watching them on our 50" tv in the living room. (call us lazy...)

p.s.s. we are not wealthy, we are just heavily in debt. gotta love america!
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Old 03-11-01, 04:48 PM
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Old 03-12-01, 03:00 AM
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Right now THE best portable is the toshiba unit.Why?It is
progressive! I have done an A/B test at Fry's, wow its
picture quality blow away any interlaced players..it is
like watching HDTV vs. legacy TV.
It will be nice to see 7 inch progressive units from
sony or panasonic in the near future..
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