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I bought my player in December 1999, because I was fed up with watching DVDs on my computer and wanted the ability to watch them wherever I was. Fastforward 18 months, and I have bought 2 TVs, countless DVDs and a stereo to get the full potential out of it. So, is it worth buying? My answer would be a simple 'yes, if you can get it cheap enough'. Playback is excellent on both its own screen and normal TVs; it has all the features you'd want, including DTS output and (from some retailers) multi-region playback; and it is very handy to carry around. However, it is comparatively heavy, and it's probably worth getting a newer model now. Make up your own mind...
The Panasonic L50 is a luxury, I agree. It ranges around £700 ( if you shop around on the net you can get it cheaper AND chipped as a multiregion player), you can get many home DVD players for half that cost. But if you're a frequent traveller and are stuck with the sheer lack of in-flight entertainment this is your ultimate gadget.Or alternatively if you have money to spare and fancy making your mates go green with envy... The L50 is the middle range model of Panasonic's portable array. ( the latest is a L75 I think.. it is slimmer but more expensive) It weighs around 600 g ( without the battery) and is only 14 cm x 15 cm in size with a thickness just over an inch! You have to see it to believe it. The lid flips open to reveal a 5" TFT widescreen that provides a very clear picture. The colours are clean and deep, the contrast good and there is hardly any reflection. It reproduces DVD's picture quality very well. There are in built speakers that can be a drawback. They are tinny and don't do justice to the Dolby Digital sounds of DVDs. However if you're mostly going to use headphones.. the sound is excellent. The onboard controls are efficient. The battery last around three hour just enough for full playback of most movies (unless you fancy watching Titanic on long haul!) It snaps in easily and is rechargeable.The remote control is hardly the size of a credit card. There is a AC mains adapter and also the TV out option. You can Hook it up to a telly and enjoy fullscreen treatment in a hotel room. the picture quality is not as good as some of the Home DVD players while on telly but beats VHS hands down. What more, it plays Cds and VCDs without any problems. Most suppliers throw in a a nice little pseudo leather case with a DVD wallet and a nice pair of panasonic headphones. The portable DVD player is getting thinner and the sceen is getting wider but the L50 remains my favourite little compact. I love the effect it has on your fellow passengers : when the rest are struggling to crane their neck to catch a fiercely edited inflight movie, there you are, watching your own latest blockbuster with all the special features.... go on, I know you're tempted.
Now this is something you'd want to hear about. The world is changing fast and these days everything has to be portable. I have to admit currently you can buy the Panasonic portable DVD player in the UK but you can buy the Aiwa through the net, as I did. So why did I opt to get rid of my Panasonic DVDL50 Portable DVD Player for the Aiwa XD-DW1 Portable DVD Player? The AIWA Portable DVD Player works with a rechargeable battery and allows you to play DVD/VCD movies or CD recordings virtually anywhere. The battery last approximatly 3hrs which is good enough for me, it's 1 movie. The screen is almost 6 inches but it doesn't seem proportional with the height...erm, I suppose you can call it Xtra-Wide screen. It doesn't have a black border around it's screen like the Panasoni so it looks better. But, it's heavier than the Panasonic, the on screen features and options are not as good as the Panasonic, the picture is sharp but the Panasonic seems that 1 pixel sharper. Ok, it's not really as good as the Panasonic in certain respects...but it's a hell of alot cheaper. The Panasonic cost almost £800 whilst the Aiwa cost £500. You can buy a decent TV with the amount you save. Unless you can afford such items it's not worth buying them but if you do the Aiwa is the one to watch out for. A few extra feature is not worth £300.