Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Travel Often? (Or Use at Home) - This May Be Something To Consider for Christmas!

Philips PB9011/37 9-Inch 1080p 
   Portable Blu-Ray DVD Player

o far this is one of the nicest portable DVD players I've used.  It is much more than just another DVD player though.  It can also be hooked up to your HDTV (cables not included) and used as a Blu-Ray player since it also comes with a wall plug adapter.  In addition, it can also be used like a digital frame to view pictures in a slide show format or use it as a CD player.  This is very versatile!

First of all, the quick start guide on the box is very complete and took less than 10 minutes from opening the box to installing in the car and playing a movie. There is no actual permanent installation or connection to your vehicle.   I found the quick clip straps to be very easy to use and can be easily unclipped and attached to another headrest.   The length of the cords on the cigarette lighter adapter and AV cables are a nice length which would allow for use with 3 seat SUV's.

The picture quality is quite good for a portable player, although I cannot currently comment on the Blu-Ray quality as I did not have a Blu-Ray disc available to test. This is my first Blu-Ray player. I would rate the audio quality an 8.5 or 9 out of 10.  The volume level is more than adequate for a portable player. I had to immediately locate the volume control to turn it down as soon as the movie started playing.  

If you don't like added distractions while driving, I would strongly recommend the use of headphones or having the unit where small hands could change the volume.   My biggest concern with the base unit is that the screen tilts open to install the DVD but does not open very wide.  It's a bit awkward changing discs, especially if you had large or stiff hands.  Again, I would keep the player out of reach of children since they could apply too much force and possibly break the hinge.

The remote, with batteries included , and the carrying case are very  nice touches,  which you don't always find with other players.   Everything fits perfectly into the case and it's very easy to pack and unpack. The remote does not have a volume control which would have been nice, but, of course, is not needed for control.

Being able to use a USB drive to display pictures or play music is a feature I've not seen before on a portable player.   As I stated before, it can be used like a digital frame and set up to run through like a slideshow. I think this is a very nice added feature.

I might mention a security issue that we noticed right away and wish to pass on... Given the extreme ease of installing the players on headrests, we recommend that you take them off and store them away each time you leave your vehicle...they certainly look nice hanging there and will be a great temptation, so be careful and smart!

Being somewhat challenged re the variety of electronic equipment available these days--and no time to keep up unless absolutely necessary, I would suggest, as with all major purchases, that you do price comparisons considering the features against others available. As to performance, quality, and enjoyment of this product, I can certainly wholeheartedly recommend it!

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