Philips PET830 review

Design features a slot-loading mechanism, making changing discs on the move less of a chore Tested at £190

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Our Verdict

Impressive large-screen picture and good sound.

For

  • All round good performance, realistic, superior colours and better off centre performance than any rival.

Against

  • Battery pack only offers three hours playback, and no resume function

This sultry unit from Philips includes an 8.5in screen in a chic tablet-PC style chassis, making it look and feel more expensive than it actually is. The design includes a fold-out stand for desktop use, and a headrest bracket for in-car mounting.

Usefully, the design features a slot-loading disc mechanism, making changing discs on the move less of a chore, while the player's modest dimensions are aided by an integrated (rather than external) battery pack. However, that only offers three hours of playback time.

Still, the Philips offers good performance: it has blacker blacks, more realistic colours and superior ‘off-centre' performance to any rival.
Short battery life aside, our only other gripe is the absence of a resume function; that's enough to annoy in-car users.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.philips.co.uk
Brand NamePhilips
Product TypePortable DVD Player
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberPET830/00
Product NamePhilips PET830
Product ModelPET830

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • PET830 Portable DVD Player
  • Remote Control

Audio

Audio FormatsMP3, WMA

Video

Aspect Ratio16:9
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, MPEG-4, SVCD, Video CD

Physical Characteristics

Width255 mm
Depth31 mm
Weight Approximate970 g
Height170 mm
Dimensions170 mm (H): 255 mm (W): 31 mm (D)

Technical Information

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

Interfaces-Ports

Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Number of Headphone Ports2
USBYes
Composite VideoYes

Image

Image FormatsJPEG, Picture CD

Display and Graphics

Screen Size21.6 cm (8.5")