Coby TF-DVD7307 review: Coby TF-DVD7307

MSRP: $199.95

The Good The battery is internal; nonglossy screen; very affordable; 180 degree swivel display.

The Bad The screen needs a long warm-up time before the colors properly adjust; low-resolution screen; poor battery life; limited file support for disc playback; no USB port or MMC slot; average speakers.

The Bottom Line Even with the lowered expectations of its sub-$100 pricetag, the Coby TF-7307 fails to deliver as a no-frills bargain DVD player.

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3.7 Overall
  • Design 4
  • Features 4
  • Performance 3

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We've come to know Coby for the company's always-affordable line of products--not necessarily delivering the top-of-the-line innovation. So when the company's TF-DVD7307 showed up, we were hoping for a decent, no-frills portable DVD player that wouldn't put a big dent in our wallet. The 2007 model is equipped with a 7-inch wide screen and is widely available for under $100.

Inside the box you'll find a mounting bag, a car adapter, an RCA A/V breakout cable (for connecting to a TV), a pair of CV-230 stereo headphones, an AC adapter, and a remote control. The remote is thin and silver; slightly bigger than a credit card, and has all the necessary functions on it except for one--a volume control button.

The TF-7307 weighs a somewhat hefty two pounds, four ounces with its detachable battery clipped on--it attaches to the bottom of the unit. On the right side of the unit is an AV input/output jack that can be used in combination with the included composite AV cables. Input and output is controlled with an adjacent toggle switch--input would be for when using the player's screen as a monitor for another video source, such as a game system. Also, here you'll find a 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and a volume slider, while the power switch is found on the left side. With all that extra room, we would've liked to have seen at least a USB port or memory card slot option as seen on other portable DVD players, such as the Audiovox D8000XP or the Sony DVP-FX810 ($179).

The 7-inch matte (non-reflective) wide-screen display screen rotates 180 degrees and folds closed screen-side up for those who prefer tablet-style viewing. Coupled with the mounting bag, it can be attached to the back of the headrest of a car seat for road trip leisure.

The TF-DVD7307 allows you to program the onscreen menus and can zoom to as much as 4x. Other features include a rudimentary aspect ratio mode (for changing between 16:9 wide-screen and standard 4:3 display), and parental control settings.

While testing the TF-DVD7307, we did notice a noise while the disc is loading or moving between chapters--although not as loud as the unit's tactile buttons. In addition to playing DVDs, the Coby TF-7307 plays audio CDs, MP3 CDs, and even VCDs. As far as DVD playback was concerned, we tried numerous combinations of home-burned +R/RW and -R/RW media--all of which worked without a hitch. But anyone with a large digital media collection will be disappointed with the limited file format compatibility as the TF-3707 can play only MPEG movies, MP3 music, and JPEG image files. We would have really liked to have at least seen DivX compatibility.

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