When it came to DVD players at the very start ,they were item that were expensive and to be honest very unaffordable. But with alba from argos only costing around 30 pounds I simply couldn't resist.
Now we've had this DVD player for year and it still a great feature to the back room. The very simple layout is the best part of it with the large play, stop and start buttons on the front you simple cant go wrong. On top of the simple nature with the dvd player, the controller is also a easy to use.
The only negative that plenty of people should be noting is that I personally found that it can sometimes damage the disk which is incredible upsetting. This I should warn people does happen gradually and is hardly noticeable. So if yours looking for a DVD player that will be fairly large but will simple work when you want it to and has a very simple controller for the kids to use its perfect.
I myself have connected this using the scart but you can use Av but I found it much easier using the scart personally.
Thanks for reading
For Christmas just gone I bought my Nan a new DVD player, at the time I was living with her. My Nan isn't into technology and despite having a full HD 42 inch TV and Sky HD she tells a me that she can't really see the difference in the picture. I wanted something very basic which is why I chose this model.
I got the DVD player from Argos and it was £24.99 I had a £10 off voucher for spending over £100 earlier in the month so it was a real bargain.
The box was nothing fancy in fact it was white with a blue logo on it and a few bits of information about what is inside the box.
The DVD player is very compact, it measures W 32 cm, D 23cm H 5.5cm.
There is nothing fancy about this model it is black in colour and to be honest felt lightweight and a little cheap but then you get what you pay for.
At the far left of the DVD player is a button to turn it on and off this button is much like a button on old TV's you need to get up off the sofa and press it to put the player on. The DVD drawer is next to the power button, in the centre of the DVD player is a display which is very small. Finally there are 3 buttons to the right the open/close button, the play/pause button and the stop button.
With this DVD player all you get is the player, the remote including two AAA batteries, instructions and the power cable. There isn't a scart lead to connect it to the TV this needs to be purchased separately which is cheap enough. As this is a basic player there is no HDMI port just 2 scart holes.
Once the DVD was set up we put in a DVD to see how it all worked, the DVD loaded fairly quickly and I was suprised to see it automatically changed to the right AV channel to play the film, this is great for me as when I am not at my Nan's she constantly rings me to ask how to work her Sky and various other things I was sure she would manage with this.
The remote control is small and very basic, the display on the DVD player was very poor, it looked very dated but having previously had a DVD without a display I suppose its better than nothing.
The DVD player worked well, it didn't jump or skip and there were no pauses in the film which I was worried about after reading reviews on Argos website. Another useful feature of this DVD player is it is region free. I have a lot of American DVD's from a time when they were much cheaper and generally more expensive DVD players refuse to play them as they are coded to region 2. I shouldn't admit to this but it also plays copied DVD's. As with other DVD players you can also play CD's and I have made my Nan some CD ROMs with pictures on which she enjoys watching.
The only negative about this DVD player is the build quality it does feel flimsy in parts such as the DVD tray but for the money and the use it gets I can't complain. I would recommend this for someone who enjoys the occasional DVD but doesn't want anything too fancy.
3 out of 5 from me.
I have had this DVD player for quite a while and about a month after I started using it it began to jump and make weird noises, to start with I thought it was just a faulty DVD but after a while it became clear that it was the DVD player. I am not sure if it just a faulty item or if it is trait of the product. It doesn't bother me too much but after an hour of watching a DVD which is constantly interrupted by jumping it does get slightly irritating. Other than the jumping I have found it to be a rather reliable product, which I use everyday without fail (which may also be a reason for it playing up) it became my best friend after I had heart surgery and was stuck in the house for weeks. I suppose you could say I have a love hate relationship with this item but for what I payed it is very good value for money.
There aren`t many other products in my house that has been used as much as my DVD-player, as I am a huge fan of watching good movies, not to mention bad movies on occasion... Why do they keep on making some movies that are just flat out not worth while? Anyway, I bought this Alba DVD-player simply because it was a very cheap purchase, it costed me only 29.99, and I must say I am in aw over the level of quality and cool design that arrived with my DVD-player from Alba, expecting it to not be half as good as it really is!
As far as my eyes can tell, the design of this very cheap DVD-player is both stylish and very slim, all though there will of course be those more expensive and with that looking better out there... The display panel lights up in a sharp, blue colour, the black and silver making it look fancy and modern, not to mention way more expensive than it really is! Both the DVD machine and the remote control is made out of plastic, and all though this doesn`t sound all that impressive and solid, I swear to you that both products comes off appearing both sturdy and solid with a good level of quality in the way that it`s built!
Safety is important, and I say this because I used to have a DVD-player that one night got very warm after having been used only for one and a half hour, and it got so intensely warm that it almost caught on fire... For that reason, I am so glad to report that this dvd-player remains cold for hours on end, only slightly warm after give or take four hours! Amazing!
This DVD-player does not only play DVD`s, but handle the deal perfectly also with audio cd`s, photo discs, recordable discs and rewritable discs, all the mentioned working more than fine, picture quality and audio sound presented very well! What I found being a very pleasant surprise, is that in spite of saying that it only plays Region 2 DVD`s, this DVD-player in fact plays all types of regions! How about that! As briefly mentioned, the audio and picture quality of the player is flawless, making this more and more a purchase I highly recommend! And while some DVD-players make noise while running, this one really does its job silently, which is a big plus in my book! After buying it, you simply connect it with a Scart socket that follows the product, follow the easy to understand instructions on how to set it up, and you are ready for a DVD marathon! I find this a very standard to understand DVD-player, it raises no questions or mysteries! To sum up, this is a superb, very cheap and good quality DVD-player, well worth the money!
I bought this because it was what was on the shelf for under £30. I'd had Alba electrical products before and always found they lasted very well and this didn't disappoint. It is a very good value little DVD player. When I bought the box said it was single region, but it is in fact multi-region and will play pretty much anything you put in it. It's very easy to set up and use. It's also a small, slimline design, which is great if you don't have a lot of space. I've had it for five years and never had any problems.
I do have one small criticism - although the slimline design is handy if you're pressed for space, it does mean it doesn't have a display on the front which means that if you stop a DVD and turn off the machine it can be difficult to find your place again, but this is a small preference point rather than a major inconvenience.
ever wated dvd player that is not only cheap but efficient, this is the dvd recorder player for you. Its at the market price for around 199GBP andthe product does exactly what it says on th tin, it plays dvds. The setup is straight forward put the batteries into the remote, plug thedvd player on, eject the drive insert the scart into the dvd/tv and then put the disk back in its as simple as that in computer terms you could call it a plug and play machine, all you have to do is tha, plug everything in an play, the picture quality is good its almost silent wokability makes this product extremely good forany room of the house and in childrens rooms. A good product for young and for the old. The player does cme with a menu screen so that you can alter things suc as the sound and piture quality if you wish to do this. The recording process is relatively simple an will only take you a few times to get sed to the products way of recording again, its nearly as simple as the old VHS players, in a few years these will be the VHS players
After many years of use my trusted DVD player finally gave up the ghost, not surprising really seeing the amount of daily abuse it received. So, not wanting to be without my main source of entertainment for long, I decided to buy a cheap DVD player as an interim measure until I had the time to research the purchase of a more substantial machine. With the price of a low range DVD player not being much more than a newly released DVD itself, I didn't object to the small expenditure as long as it worked properly.
So having browsed through the Argos catalogue, I selected a very cheap model made by BUSH and went about purchasing it. When my DVD player arrived at the counter, I was surprised to see the word ALBA on the side and after questioning this; I was informed that the ALBA and BUSH machines were in fact identical. Not overly fussed about the manufacturer, I accepted this and was now in possession of an ALBA DVD165.
Okay, so this machine was never going to be as stunning looking as some of the high end players with there transparent perspex fronts, and strips of shiny aluminium, but for a machine that cost under £30, it doesn't look to bad. Constructed out of light weight plastic, the machine feels sturdy enough, but I would not be over keen of stacking anything on it. The width and depth of the machine is pretty standard, but at under 5cm in height it is, in my opinion, very slim and unobtrusive. The body of the machine is silver in colour with a black strip across the front. On the left of this is the power button and the display panel, which when the machine is on shows up as blue. The disc drawer is in the middle of the machine, and like the machine itself is very thin, maybe a little to thin as it does feel a little flimsy. Being thin, it does not have an overly deep impression for placing the disc in, and you should make sure that you have placed it correctly before closing the drawer. Too the right of the machine and just above this black band are the controls which consist of eject, Skip backwards, skip forwards, stop and play.
The remote control, like the machine, is silver in colour and made of plastic. There is a wide selection of controls on this, with the most used ones featuring at the bottom. One thing about the remote control which I find annoying is that it has a concave back, which is designed to fit on the arm of your chair. Good idea in theory, but in practice I find the handset slips off far too easily. Although it feels reasonably robust, dropping onto a hard surface will more than likely cause damage to the casing and the battery cover.
The machine comes with a single Scart socket which is more than adequate for most home users. It also comes with audio/video out put via phono connectors along with a socket for connecting to a decoder for Dolby Digital (AC-3) processing. This is more than enough for anyone who is looking for an affordable machine for general use. What would be annoying for someone who is buying this as their first machine, is that it does not come with a Scart cable.
As well as being able to play standard DVDs, you can also play recordable discs, re-writable discs, audio discs and photo compact discs. The DVD features are standard such as play, stop, slow forward, skip scene, scene select etc, everything you need for day to day operation, and don't need any real explanation. It also has a screen saver for when the machine is left on with no disc inserted. A very surprising feature is that although the machine is marked up as only Region 2 compatible, it will in fact play all regions. A particular pleasant bonus, as my last machine had to be sent away to be chipped to allow me to have this privilege. One feature which is missing and is very frustrating, is that you are unable to put the machine on stand-by via the remote control, forcing you to get up and manually switch it off from the front control panel. Lazy, I hear you shout, but having got used to this feature on my previous machine, it is annoying not to have it. The only other real bugbear I have with this machine is the blue digital display. Although very nice, when you are watching a DVD in the dark, the display shines quite brightly and there is no way of dimming it or turning it off. You can't even easily cover it as the remote control sensor is right next to it.
Playing a photo disc is very easy, as when you insert one, you are presented with an easy to follow menu. The photos will automatically play as a slide show, appearing on the screen for approximately 5 seconds. You can pause the slide show at any time using the "pause" button and restart by using the "play" button. You can also step through the pictures using the skip forward and skip backward buttons.
Paying an audio CD is just as easy, with all the tracks appearing on the screen when you insert the disc. Selecting and listening to tracks is done via the remote control, with the use of the arrows buttons to select the track you want to listen to and then the play button to start listening. It works in the same way as a normal CD player works and really doesn't need explaining.
Having used this machine now for a few months, I can say that the picture quality is very good. I have tried it on several different TVs and the only time I noticed and picture deterioration, compared to my old machine, is when I connected it to a 50 inch rear projection screen. Saying that the quality was still very good and only someone who was looking for crystal clean viewing would find room for complaint.
Again, there are no real complaints here. For what the machine costs it has excellent sound quality, too rival many machines which appear in the middle to high price bracket. Of course it is not exceptional, and when plugged through an amplifier there are slight drop outs in the audio tracks, but again unless you were an audio expert, you wouldn't even notice these, and it definitely won't spoil the enjoyment.
Ease of Use
Firstly, the machine comes with a very good User guide, not overly bogged down in technical detail and clearly laid out, making it very easy to read. Too be honest I never looked at it until I went to write this review as setting up and using the machine is very self explanatory. What I did find surprising is that in this day an age is that the guide was only in English. Nice and quick for anyone who's first language is English, as there is no need to flick through all the other language selections, but not very useful for anyone who's first language is not English.
The set-up menu on the machine itself is very easy, and allows too alter such things as the picture sharpness, brightness, On Screen Display Language and TV Type (Pal, NTSC, Multi). A very helpful menu feature is to set up a parental control password which allows you to stop your little ones watching something their not meant too.
As I mentioned earlier, the remote control has been set out with all the important buttons located at the bottom of the handset, making operation very easy and quick. If for some reason, the handset stops working (which has not happened yet), the controls on the machine itself will allow you to continue to operate the machine until a replacement can be sourced.
Price and Availability
Having purchased my model at the end of 2005, I picked it up for just under £30.00, but it is now available at:
Argos for £24.99 (also labelled as a BUSH DVD2049)
Amazon for £27.14
I do believe they are stopping making this machine and the Argos price is for clearance purposes.
Having accidentally left the machine on all weekend, I was expecting to find the machine feeling a bit hot. Surprising it was only warm, as if it had only been on for a couple of hours. Of course over time this will not do the machine any good, but it is reassuring to know that if accidentally left for a period of time it won't over heat.
The machine also runs surprisingly quietly. Having seen a couple of other cheap DVD players in action, I noticed that they emitted quite an annoying whirring sound, which came whilst the disc was playing. I half expected the same with this model, but thankfully it has a near silent system.
Now having used this machine for several months, I have shelved any plans of purchasing a more expensive machine, which may offer some other high end features. Yes there may be a couple of niggles with not being able to put it on stand-by and the bright display panel, but for under £30.00, this machine is exceptional value. For the average family this DVD player will be more than adequate, and with the ability to set parental controls it allows you to control what your little ones watch. Whether this machine will last as long as my previous DVD player is yet to be seen, but on its current form, I can see it lasting for a good couple of years yet.