Monday, March 21, 2005
Mintek portable DVD players are made in China, and sold cheap at place like Target. I bought mine at Hechtís (a department store in the Washington, DC area) for $179.
The model I bought, the MDP-1750, has a 7Ē LCD screen. I wouldnít exactly call the screen state of the art, but itís surprisingly viewable. The LCD has excellent resolution, but where it comes up short is in dynamic range and color saturation. The screen is also very sensitive to the viewing angle, which is a sign of an inferior LCD. Nevertheless, Iíd have to say the quality of the LCD screen is this unitís best feature.
The MDP-1750 has built in stereo speakers. The sound quality from them is pretty bad, but I donít consider this a negative because itís impossible to get good sound quality from such small speakers, and most people will be using headphones when using this unit. The sound through headphones is excellent. Headphones are not included in the box, but any set of headphones for a portable stereo will do just fine.
The MDP-1750 comes with a snap-on lithium ion battery thatís supposed to give three hours of battery life. This claim remains to be tested, but one hopes that the battery will last at least long enough to watch a two hour movie.
The MDP-1750 comes with a cable to hook the player up to a TV set. Thereís no S-video or composite video output, just a basic RF output plus a left and right audio channel.
The MPD-1750 comes with a little remote control. This sounds like a cool feature, but why do you need a remote control for a personal unit thatís going to be right in front of you? Well, the way the Mintek is designed, most of the unitís functions are unavailable without the remote control! I find this feature to be a big negative. I donít want to have to carry a remote control around with me in order to be able to scan forwards and backwards, but thatís what the designers at Mintek expect you to do.
Another annoyance is that the MDP-1750 doesnít remember where you were watching a DVD after you turn it off. I imagine this would be especially annoying when traveling. Suppose you are in an airport terminal watching a DVD, and then your plane starts boarding. So you turn off your DVD player, board the plane, and forty-five minutes later when the pilot says you can now use electronic gadgets, you turn it back on. You now have to figure out where you left off. And if you left your remote control home, you canít even fast forward or rewind! You can just scroll backwards and forwards by scene.
Overall, the Mintek MDP-1750 is a usable gadget with decent picture quality, but severely lacking in user friendly features.