Mustek MP80D review

Great specs, but overall rather average performance Tested at £140.00

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Our Verdict

Great spec and biggish screen are intriguing, but performance is nothing special.

For

  • Price
  • Freeview tuner
  • colours and sound (via headphones)

Against

  • Flimsy build
  • big battery
  • poor black detail and motion tracking
  • uninspring sound via the speakers


Does the combination of small children and long car journeys fill you with dread? This could be the way to distract your little dears from arguing, fighting and asking ‘are we there yet?' every half-mile – it's a portable DVD player and screen with digital TV, too.

The MP80D (the ‘8' refers to the screen size, in inches) can be powered by mains, battery or 12v ‘cigarette lighter' adapter. There are speakers (thin, sibilant and breathless-sounding), and there's a headphone socket, too (which curbs the shriller excesses), so it shouldn't be hard to find a configuration that'll make Junior's journey (and yours) a bit easier.

By the standards of the best rivals, pictures are mediocre. DVDs are colourful and vibrant, but motion – of any severity – is tracked uncertainly and black tones lack any detail. There's also a surprisingly confined ‘sweet spot' in front of the screen, too.

The TV tuner picks up many stations in quite short order, but adds a great deal of blocking and digital noise to those existing motion and detail problems.
Many of this Mustek's portable DVD rivals might not boast a TV, but they're still more fun to watch.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.mustek.com
Brand NameMustek
Product TypePortable DVD Player
ManufacturerMustek, Inc
Manufacturer Part Number98-213-10011
Product NameMustek MP80D
Product ModelMP80D

Interfaces-Ports

Digital Audio Coaxial OutYes
Number of Headphone Ports1
USBYes

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • MP80D Portable DVD Player
  • 1 x Rechargeable battery
  • 1 x IR remote control with 3V battery
  • 1 x 12-volt car cigarette lighter adapter
  • 1 x AV cable x 1 and P-Scan cable
  • 1 x Universal AC/DC power adapter
  • 1 x Antenna
  • 1 x Car-mountable carry bag
  • 1 x User guide

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Number of Speakers2
Sound SystemDolby Digital

Display and Graphics

Screen TypeLCD
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")

Video

Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Scanning ModesProgressive Scan
Video FormatsDVD Video, DivX, MPEG-4, XviD, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2

Physical Characteristics

Width155 mm
Depth210 mm
Weight Approximate850 g
Height41 mm
Dimensions41 mm (H): 155 mm (W): 210 mm (D)

Technical Information

Media FormatsDVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Image

Image FormatsPicture CD, JPEG

Memory

Memory Card SupportedMultiMediaCard (MMC), SD