TOY BOX: Portable D1830 doesn't travel very well

When I first started playing with Audiovox's new portable DVD player - the D1830 - I was impressed. It's slim and sleek on the outside, and the DVDs it plays look and sound virtually flawless. It also connected to my TV without a hitch, instantly becoming a home entertainment device.

When I first started playing with Audiovox's new portable DVD player - the D1830 - I was impressed. It's slim and sleek on the outside, and the DVDs it plays look and sound virtually flawless. It also connected to my TV without a hitch, instantly becoming a home entertainment device.

After some research, though, I struggled to identify many practical uses for the D1830 - especially with decent home DVD players going for less than $200 now and most newer laptops being able to play DVDs. On a fully charged battery pack, the D1830 can play continuously for about two hours. This is obviously a big hindrance with a movie longer than 120 minutes, which isn't all that uncommon. The most notable drawback, however, is the inability to search a DVD directly from the player. You can skip between scenes, but to fast forward or rewind within tracks you need the remote. This is fine for when the player is connected to a TV, but nonsensical for portable use. The verdict: Limited in practical applications and at $749, the D1830 is definitely a novelty. Any questions? Write us at toybox@prweek.com
  • Sara Calabro writes Toy Box. She is a New York-based staff reporter for PRWeek ----- Price $749 list, but commonly sold with a $200 rebate Available at Buy.com, portabledvdstore.com, and coming soon to amazon.com Specs The D1830 is 8.25"W by 1.25" H (1.75" H with battery pack) by 5.75" D, and weighs 1.8 lbs. (2.6 lbs. with battery)

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