As DVD technology gets fancier and more daunting, the basic players get cheaper and cheaper. After a long stretch of time, basic DVD players are affordable- even cheap – home entertainment options. You really don’t have to spend too much to get a good working player. Case in point, the CyberHome portable DVD player. For thirty bucks or less, you’ll get more then your money’s worth.
This DVD player is marketed as “portable”, and it is indeed manufactured to move well. It is a thin square box, about 7 inches by 7 inches, that is lightweight and compact. In an era where video game consoles are starting to outweigh TV sets, it’s nice to have a player that doesn’t cause so much wear and tear on an entertainment system. It’s also a great DVD player for dorms or other places where space is at a premium. The only downside is that the remote is tiny too (it runs on a watch battery) and therefore very easily lost. You might end up taping it to the side of the TV just to keep track of it. If not, the buttons on the front will get your DVD going in a pinch. Almost all of the remote’s functions are available through the control panel, which is a nice feature. The controls are intuitive without being overwhelming. You probably won’t turn on the subtitles by mistake.
For a small player, it is also remarkably durable. I’ve owned it for 3 years. It’s moved to two houses with me as well as college. It’s taken a ton of spills on hard and soft floors. It’s even had a glass of water spilled on it. This hasn’t affected it’s functionality one bit. The small but sturdy metal casing holds everything in place. I haven’t had so much as a piece snap off. If you have kids who want a DVD player in their room, this could be a great option for you.
The player doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, of course. It has all the basic functions of a normal DVD player and it can play MP3 CDs. It is compatible with Surround Sound or larger speakers, which is nice, and it has just about every connection jack imaginable on the back, but that’s about it for your exciting options. This is not the DVD player for a tech-head. This is a DVD player for a kid who wants to watch movies in his room or your grandma who is scared of technology but wants to watch her Monk collections. It functions very well, but it functions very basically.
In conclusion, I have loved this DVD player for as long as I’ve had it. For the price, it can’t be beat. It’s durable, easy to use, and overall just a great little machine. If you don’t have much to spend but you’re ready to invest in a DVD player, this could be your best bet.