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Portable DVD player

Old Jul 10, 2001, 12:26 am
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Portable DVD player

Since I fly coach most of the time (when I cant talk my way into a FC upgrade when bumping) I bought a Pioneer Portable DVD player. This is SUCH a nice thing to have on flights now, in combo with my Sony Headphones. Usually hit the rental store before leaving town and rent 2-3 movies before my flight.

Makes the trip so much quicker, and I dont have to listen to all the noise in the cabin.

Go for the Pioneer, it has the largest screen at 7", and the picture quality is amazing.
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Old Jul 10, 2001, 3:56 am
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I've been thinking about getting a standalone DVD player, but have a hard time justifying it as I usually have my laptop (built-in DVD) with me, though it is a large unit, and I am usually too lazy to fire it up enroute. A smaller dedicated DVD would be nice, but would also add to the bulk. Any thoughts on this? Any drawbacks to the 7" Pioneer unit?
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Old Jul 11, 2001, 7:58 pm
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I picked up one of the 5.whatever Aiwa uints on Ebay (it was a new one) back in the beginning of the year, and I like it. It's much smaller then a laptop, and it's possible to watch it on a plane and eat your meal at the same time. (helps if the seat next to you is empty so you can steal some of their tray space).

While I think the screen on a laptop would be better, the unit is smaller. Battery life sucks, I get probably just over two hours before it has to be charged again, you quickly learn where all the outlets are while waiting for connections.

I wouldn't give it up, it really helps to pass the time, I highly recommend getting one. As a bonus, you can attach it to your TV in the hotel room and finish off the movie.
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Old Jul 12, 2001, 1:30 pm
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I have the 7-inch Panasonic model and I love it. I usually have two carry-ons and when I bring this DVD player along, the notebook stays in its case throughout the entire flight. Size and weight is excellent as compared to a notebook. Battery life is about 4 hours, good enough for 2 movies. I use it in conjunction with a Sony NC-10 noise cancelling headphone (5 stars) and Netflix subscription (2 stars; has been going downhill service-wise).
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Old Jul 12, 2001, 8:04 pm
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Some time ago I posted on FT about the deal from Costco for the Panasonic 5.5" unit.

This works out to $299 + tax, + S&H, after rebates.

Costco price:

Less $100 Costco rebate
Less $100 Panasonic rebate:

I just called a friend of mine who I had told about the offer, and he said he received both the rebates.
His total price was around $347 for the unit.

Offer is good through the end of July.

5.5" may be small, but the price is right!

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