Review (September 2005) - Polaroid
Polaroid offers a complete line of consumer products that include flat panel displays (LCD and Plasma), CRT displays, DVD players (portable and home units) as well as digital and instant cameras. The new Polaroid PDM-0822BD portable DVD player is just one of many new players offered by the company and is designed to support DVD±R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3, or JPEG discs. The unique design allows the screen to be rotated 45° to the right and a full 180° to the left. This along with the tilting feature enables the screen to be positioned in virtually any position. The large 8-inch 16:9 screen takes advantage of anamorphic (also known as 16:9 enhanced) DVDs and the built-in Dolby Digital decoder with dynamic range control optimizes audio performance. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack attaches to the back of the unit and provides enough playback time to watch long movies. The unit includes a thin IR remote, A/V cables, a DC car adapter, AC adapter, operating manual and carrying case. The chassis measures 1.97" H x 7.68" W x 8.43" L with the battery attached. Headphone jacks are available on both sides of the unit so that two people can watch a movie or listen to music at the same time.
The multi-format playback capability is one of the best features of this unit. It easily handled standard DVDs as well as any DVD-R/RW or DVD+R/RW discs we played. Video CDs and S-VCDs played on this player without any problem even though the unit did not advertise support for this format. Time-shifted programs recorded from our Sony RDR-GX300 DVD recorder played well on this player once the discs were finalized.
The right side of the unit has one of two headphone jacks, a volume control, A/V connectors, an AV/DVD switch and the power input jack. The audio and video connection can work as inputs or outputs depending on the position of the A/V switch. When playing movies the A/V connections work as outputs. When switched to AV IN, the connections receive signals from another source. The left side of the unit has the main power switch along with the second headphone jack.
We viewed several movies on this player and found the overall performance to be good. Image quality was only acceptable and certainly not as good as the format DVD has to offer. The Lithium-Ion batteries provided plenty of power and allowed us to watch 3-1/2 hours of DVD video on a single charge.
The front of the unit has two indicator lights along with the IR detector. The right light illuminates red when the unit is powered on (using the side switch), but is in standby mode. Once turned on, the indicator illuminates green. The left indicator illuminates red while the unit is charging and green when it is fully charged.
The carrying case included with the player is designed to mount to a vehicle headrest. This is a great feature for those looking to use the player on car trips, but do not want a permanent DVD player in the vehicle. The case will not not allow the battery to be installed on the unit so external power must be applied. The included 6-foot car power adapter allows the player to be powered by a cigarette lighter.
- Kevin Nakano
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