Mustek MP100 review: Mustek MP100

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.9
  • Design: 5.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Mustek MP100 offers a wealth of features, including an SD memory-card slot, a USB port, and support for DivX and MP3 playback. It has a large 10-inch swivel screen and ships with a carrying case that doubles as a car-headrest mount for the player.

The Bad The player is heavy, its battery life is so-so, and its picture quality and off-angle viewing are truly mediocre.

The Bottom Line The Mustek MP100 is a large-screen portable DVD player with some impressive multimedia functions--but its subpar picture quality and viewing angle limit its appeal to little more than a backseat player for in-car viewers.

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Mustek, a company known for its scanners, has moved into the portable DVD market. Its latest offering is the rather hefty MP100, which sports a large, 10-inch-wide screen and looks like a minilaptop--and at 3.75 pounds with battery, it weighs more than some ultraportable notebook computers. While its styling is decidedly basic, the MP100 does boast a wealth of features, including a memory-card slot, USB connectivity, progressive-scan output to HDTVs, DivX support, digital audio output, and two headphone jacks. That said, its most appealing feature is the screen's ability to swivel 180 degrees and fold flat on top of the unit, much in the manner of a tablet PC. In this mode, you can tuck the MP100 into its included canvas "frame," which also doubles as a carrying case, and strap it to the back of one of your car's headrests for backseat viewing.

We could spend a lot of time talking about the MP100's impressive media features--how it can play back MP3 music and JPEG images, as well as DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, and AVI files from media such as MMC/SD cards, USB thumbdrives, or home-burned DVDs and CD-Rs. But really, the main reason to buy this player is for backseat viewing in the car, because you'll be better off with a slimmer, lighter player for air travel--this just isn't the type of player you'd want to lug around.

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Mustek MP100

Part Number: MP100 Released: Mar. 15, 2006

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  • Release date Mar. 15, 2006
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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable e-reader and e-publishing expert. He's also the author of the novels Knife Music and The Big Exit. Both titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, and Nook e-books.