Philips PET1002 review: Philips PET1002

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.2
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good The Philips PET1002 is a top-notch portable DVD player that offers a sleek design as well as a huge 10-inch screen with excellent image quality. In addition to DVDs and CDs, it plays MPEG-4 and DivX video files and MP3 and JPEG CD-Rs. It includes a car adapter, a component-video output, and two headphone inputs, and the battery life is improved from last year's version.

The Bad Thanks to its large screen, the Philips PET1002 is expensive and rather hefty. The playback mechanism can be a little noisy when starting up or searching for files.

The Bottom Line A large 10-inch screen, a sleek design, and great battery life put the Philips PET1002 at the forefront of the portable big-screen DVD player category.

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These days, the majority of portable DVD player shoppers are looking for an inexpensive model that keeps kids occupied on long trips, whether it's in the car or on a plane. But if you're among the smaller group of folks who actually want their portable DVD player to come with a decent picture, you have to step up to models such as Philips's PET1002 (also known as the PET1002/37), which is almost identical to last year's PET1000 but offers significantly improved battery life and some minor cosmetic changes. The list price is of the PET1002 is a hefty $400, but it's widely available for around $330.

Like last year's model, the Philips PET1002 is a sleek-looking player, with a large 10.2-inch screen, and it supports playback of MPEG-4/DivX video files--a major plus for people who have big DivX movie collections. The player also plays back virtually all manner of home-burned DVDs and CDs, as well as MP3 music files and JPEG photos.

The Philips PET1002 is finished in silver on its exterior, with a matte-black finish on the inside when you open the clamshell to expose the screen and the controls. Philips has tweaked the finish of the buttons for the better--it's more durable--but other than that, the cosmetics are the same. The PET1002 measures 10.2 by 1.2 by 7.1 inches; it weighs 3.5 pounds with the removable lithium-ion battery attached and 2.6 pounds without it.

Besides the large, sharp screen (more on that below), the other two standout features are the nicely designed remote--it's a cross between a standard- and credit card-size DVD remote--and the PET1002's cable package, which includes component-video and S-Video outputs for connecting to a TV. Most other portable units include neither type of cable. The Philips PET1002 also offers a digital-audio output for connecting to an A/V receiver, a video input so that you can use it as a monitor, and dual headphone jacks so that two people can watch a movie at once. A cigarette-lighter adapter ships in the box to power the player during long car rides.

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Philips PET1002

Part Number: PET1002/37 Released: May. 15, 2006
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  • Release date May. 15, 2006