Product Review (September 2005) - Polaroid
PDM-0822BD 8-inch Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

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.

Performance
The top panel flips open for access to the transport that holds the disc. A small rectangular see-through window lets you know if the disc is spinning or if there is one presently in the player. Resolution is limited to 480 x 234, so the image has a soft look and cannot fully display the image quality DVD has to offer. However, for a portable unit the picture is certainly acceptable. When viewing pictures on the player, the user can rotate the images left or right. The image rotation response time was good considering this must be done by the player. We also noticed that the Zoom did not change the images on the screen. Picture adjustments include Sharpness, Contrast and Brightness controls. Audio was what one might expect from small speakers on the top panel (thin sounding). However, using our quality Shure E4 earphones connected to the unit produced very satisfying audio.

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.

Remote
The RC-50 IR remote included with the unit provides additional buttons not found on the front panel of the unit. The handheld unit is only 5" tall and 2-1/4" wide and 1/4" thick. While the remote is compact, it has adequately sized buttons making it easy to use. Powered by a single lithium (CR2025) button battery, the remote has plenty of IR power to control the DVD player from a good distance. We had good results from more than 20-feet away from the unit.

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.

Conclusion
The Polaroid PDM-0822BD portable DVD player is an excellent value and offers users compatibility with virtually all video formats on DVD and CD. The screen resolution is limited, so don't expect high resolution from your DVD or external video sources. The swivel screen is a great feature that allows the screen to be positioned at virtually any angle. The ability to work as a monitor with audio is a nice feature that some users may benefit from. The PDM-0822BD has the features consumers need in a portable DVD player and based on our testing we can recommend it.

- Kevin Nakano





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Review - At a Glance


Polaroid - PDM-0822BD 8" Swivel Screen Portable DVD Player

Specifications

TFT screen size:8 inches
TFT LCD resolution:480 x 234 pixels
Laser Wavelength:780/650 nm
Video System:NTSC
Frequency Response:20Hz to 20kHz ±2.5dB
Audio Signal-to-noise Ratio:85dB
Audio distortion+noise:-70dB (1kHz)
Channel Separation:70dB (1kHz)
Dynamic Range:80dB (1kHz)
Power AC:100-240VAC ~ 50/60Hz
Power Consumption:< 25W
Dimensions (with battery):1.97" H x 7.68"W x 8.43"L
Weight (with battery):2.93 lbs.

Product Features

  • 8'' widescreen (16:9) color LCD screen gives you a beautiful color picture
  • LCD screen swivels 180°, folds flat against player for viewing convenience
  • Plays DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW
  • Plays music CDs, CD-R/RW
  • JPEG image compatible
  • Built-in Dolby Digital Decoder for fantastic sound
  • Built-in stereo speakers deliver sound anywhere
  • Dual headphone jacks
  • ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) for an uninterrupted picture while in motion
  • Switchable audio and video input/output
  • Compatible with most gaming systems (optional adapter required)
  • Compatible with Polaroid TV Docking Station

    Specifications

  • TFT LCD resolution: 480 x 234
  • Power: AC 110-240V
  • Line Frequency: 50/60 Hertz
  • Dimensions (with battery): 1.97" H x 7.68"W x 8.43"L
  • Weight (with battery): 2.93 lbs.

    Includes

  • Remote Control (with battery)
  • Operation Manual
  • Power Supply Cord with AC Adapter
  • Audio/Video Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • DC Adapter (Car Adapter)
  • Carrying Case


  • Company Information
    Petters Group Worldwide
    4400 Baker Road
    Minnetonka, MN 55343
    Phone: 952-934-9918, 800-605-5364
    Fax: 952-936-5048

    Source: Manufacturer Supplied
    MSRP: $219.99

    Operation Manual

    Contact: Polaroid
    URL: www.polaroidelectronics.com/

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