You could be forgiven for thinking this was a laptop the first time you get it out of the box. And its large size might be OK if it used that extra area to offer a huge, notebook-style screen, but sadly it doesn’t.
Naturally, there’s still a very respectably-sized 9-inch viewing area to glue your eyes to, but even this lacks the image quality of LG’s player and yet the PET940/05 is only slightly cheaper at £169.
There’s also no memory card slot, although realistically that would only be a problem if Philips had also shunned a USB port, which is present and correct. However, the disc drive is pretty noisy if you’re watching a film without headphones and the usability suffers thanks to thin slivers of buttons that are set into the unit and pretty hard to read in low light – although you could always opt for the remote control.
Overall, issues with the noise and screen make this player a little on the expensive side when compared with more budget models.
(Specs on next page)
Dimensions: 260mm x 198mm x 40mm
Battery Life: 3 hours
Reads: DVD; DVD, DVD+/-RW; VCD; SVCD; JPEG; MP3; DivX; MPEG4
Available connections: AV in/out; 2 x headphones
External Media: USB
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