I received this up-converting DVD as a gift and for the first few months was extremely pleased. Picture quality was solid when displayed on my standard definition tv then later on my HDTV. The buttons on the device stopped working, then the player would start skipping (almost like someone was holding down the fast forward button). The playback of all DVDs is hit and miss. I've tried a cleaner, but this did not improve the situation. The remote is nothing special. With about three dozen small buttons, it might be difficult for someone with poor eyesight to use.
Update On Apr 08, 2008: I had to throw this DVD player away! I could live with the skipping for a while. The situation change from an inconvenience (which I could live with for a while) to destruction. The player started cracking the disks yielding them completely unplayable. I would stay away from this unit even if it were free.