Sony DVE7000S DVD Walkman review: Sony DVE7000S DVD Walkman

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good DVD/DivX/Mp3/Audio CD/JPG playback. Sleek design. Screen looks good from most angles.

The Bad Too easy to knock off its speaker stand. Sluggish response.

The Bottom Line The DVE7000S is a very portable player -- as long as portable doesn't mean "in-car". Read our Australian review of Sony's latest portable DVD player.

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Design
Sony's had a number of cracks at the portable DVD player market, and its latest spin on the phenomenon attacks the market from a completely different angle -- as far as we can tell, it's designed almost entirely for the public-transport-minded consumer, whereas most other portable DVD players position themselves as in-car units with the odd bit of deskbound playback thrown in for good measure.

The two main components of the DVE7000S are the display screen, which measures in at 193.4mm by 136mm by 27.9mm with a carrying weight of 775 grams. From a design viewpoint, it's pretty much a PSP that's eaten all of its Weet-Bix, and then some more; this means it's a glossy and elegant looking unit that's also a magnet for fingerprint smudges. The other part of the DVE7000S is the speaker stand, which measures in at 285mm wide, significantly expanding the width of the overall unit. It's this factor, along with the fact that the player simply sits, rather than slotting or locking into place, that makes it a less than ideal in-car unit. There aren't many vehicles with that much clearance between the front seats, so unless you want to utilise twin pairs of headphones and put up with lots of grubby fingerprints from the back seat, you'll be stuck placing the DVE7000S at an angle and praying that it doesn't fall off while you do so. A car charger is included in the box, as is a thin remote control, standard wall charger and carrying case.

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Sony DVE7000S DVD Walkman

Part Number: CNETSony DVE7000S DVD Walkman

Typical Price: $429.00

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