I’ve come to test a few different products from DB Power now, everything from intelligent network cameras to a mini projector. They’re the kind of company that operate like your huge Super Market chains; they just seem to sell anything and everything. Now, I’m not saying they sell fruit and veg but if you consider a product to come under the banner of technology then they probably have a product on the market for your needs. Sometimes the stuff they have sent me has been amazing, other times not so much (I refer back to the mini projector). This time, they’ve sent me a portable multimedia player, which essentially is just a glammed up portable DVD player (yes, apparently people still buy these).
As usually with DB Power I’ve come to be impressed with the packaging that they stuff their products into. It has a nice and simple white box with a blue outline of the product on it; opening this box up reveals a smaller white box with accessories in and the player itself. Now the player comes in a padded cover to protect it from shocks and bumps during delivery (the same kind they sent their intelligent network camera in) and it still impresses me greatly. Before DB Power I never knew these padded pouches existed but they’re so useful in protecting your gadgets that I think more companies should use them.
Getting everything out of the box reveals a number of accessories which consist of; a gamepad and game CD, a power cable, an in-car charger cable, a remote control and an audio cable to outsource the sound (highly recommended). Then you have the player itself; it’s made from a cheap feeling plastic which allows it to have a lightweight feel to it. They style of the device is kind of like a small, bulky netbook with a 10.5” screen, which lifts up and can swivel around and be folded back on itself to be held in similar fashion to a tablet. The player then has a DVD tray with numerous buttons to allow you to control volume, play/pause what you’re watching, a mode button to select your viewing method and more.
On the sides of the player is where this device shines because it offers so many features such as the ability to plug in a USB or SD Card with media on and play it through your player. Now, it is limited to the type of files it can play but there is a comprehensive list inside the box that advises you of what files it will and will not play. I was actually surprised at how well it played the files; I was expecting it to break up a little with the picture but it played them fine, although the sound on them was rather poor and this was the same across anything I played on the device so I advise using headphones or portable speakers. That said, be sure if you use an external audio device to lower the volume as it’s mighty loud when you first turn it on.
As well as playing DVD’s and media files through other devices, the player also allows you to play games from a CD which has 300 games on. For those of you who remember the 32-games-in-1 style games you used to get on the Gameboy as well, where the same games were renamed and repeated on the cartridge, this follows the same kind of theme. Anyway, all you do is put the disc provided into the DVD tray and plug a controller provided into the back of the machine. The CD will take a couple of seconds to be read and then you will be presented with a list of 10 games, and a further 29 other pages with lists of games on as well. Now you might be thinking that these games surely can’t be that good, and they aren’t something you’d expect to see on a PS4 or Xbox One, instead they’re the type of games you’d play on the consoles of the 80s. Although don’t be too disappointed because it does have some cracking games on like Super Mario World (well, the knockoff equivalent).
As for battery life of this player, it isn’t too bad. It lasted just a little longer than a two-hour film for me and that meant I could still play some games on it. However, should you be getting this for a long journey, it does come with a cable to plug into a cigarette lighter so you can keep the kids entertained the whole way. To charge, just use the plug provided in the box and charge it in a mains socket, this took about 6 hours until it hit full charge which isn’t bad as you can just leave it overnight and it’ll be ready for the day ahead.
So I guess the only question left to answer is, is this device one that is worth purchasing? Well, if you travel in the car a lot with family (not sure you’d be allowed to take it on a plane) then this would be great. You can stick films on for the little ones, you can play games (although you can’t save progress), and you can set it up on a train and plug in a USB stick with all your TV Shows you have to catch up on. As great as it is though it does have a couple of negatives to note; firstly the quality of the product doesn’t feel great, the plastic is cheap and leaves you feeling that the slightest knock could cause a crack. The second negative is the poor speakers the device has, they come across very tinny and occasionally the sound crackles, although this is easily corrected through headphones or portable speakers. Still, if you want a cheap device that is going to occupy the kids you can’t go far wrong with this.
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