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A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided that it was about time we let my duaghter have a DVD player in her room . She already had a television and a vcr that had previously been in our living room, and would be quite happy watching Disney films I still have from when I was a child, but as her collection of DVD's has grown, she really needed a way to watch them in her room.
We didn't want to spend a fortune on something for a childs room, and we were delighted to see this Technika DVD player in Tescos for a little over £20. I find it amazing how cheap technology is nowadays, but I'm not complaining!
In the Box you get the player itself, a remote control, and instruction manual . We didn't realise at the time that a scart lead was not included, although this perhaps explains the cheap price. After purchasing a scart lead locally for around £5, we were ready to get set up . A quick glance through revealed that the manual was very simple to read, with clear instructions, a troubleshooting guide, and sensible safety advice . It was written in good clear English, with occasional illustrations for extra guidance . Having looked through, we then set up the player, which was really a simple matter of plugging in the scart and connecting it to the TV . The trickiest part of the whole process was finding a spare plugpoint!
The DVD player is plain black, and very small, taking up very little space .The disk drawer is on the front left of the player, andthere are a few buttons on the front - power, eject, play/pause and stop. For all other functions, such as skipping forwards or back a scene, you'll need to use the remote control . There is a small light that shows when the player is on (green for on, red for off) which helps prevent it being left running all night.
Playing DVD's (it should be noted that this plays region 2 only) is simple, with the DVD player being quite fast to get started and load the DVD title page . It can be controlled via the player itself, but only in a limted way, so using the remote control is more convenient, although I have found that to use the remote you really do have to point it right at the player, as it's not particularly sensitive. It is through the remote that all the advanced functions, such as subtitles, audio commentary, chapter skipping are accessed, although my daughter rarely used anything except the play, pause, and fast forward buttons . I would say the remote control is nicely laid out, and is certainly easy enough for my daughter to get to grips with .
The player is generally very quiet, although on occasion it does groan and whine a bit, but only when the disk itself is a little scratched and worn . It also plays music cd's, which is handy, as although my daughter has a CD player, it is battery operated and often out of juice, so it's nice that this can double up . It doesn't seem to like music disks written on the PC though , just the standard Cd's you buy in the shops .
Overall, as a basic functional DVD player this is good value, especially for a childrens room where it might get damaged . At only £20, there won't be too many tears should it need replacing, but so far, it is performing well . 4 stars