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Panasonic DVD-LS91 review: Panasonic DVD-LS91

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MSRP: $299.95

The Good The well-designed Panasonic DVD-LS91 has a 9-inch display with swiveling armature, excellent battery life, an AV-in port, and two headphone outputs. Plus, it plays CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA audio files or JPEG image files.

The Bad The Panasonic DVD-LS91 doesn't have a high-resolution screen and lacks support for MPEG-4 and DivX video playback.

The Bottom Line While its display isn't as sharp as that of certain other high-end models, there are plenty of positives to recommend the Panasonic DVD-LS91, particularly in terms of design and battery life.

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7.2 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Features 7
  • Performance 8

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Editor's note: This 2006 product has been replaced by a pair of very similar 2007 models, the Panasonic DVD-LS80 and the Panasonic DVD-LS82.

Sure, there are plenty of run-of-the-mill portable DVD players that'll do an adequate job of playing back DVDs on screens ranging from 7 to 10 inches diagonally. But only a few models stand out from the crowd, and they tend to cost a bit more than the usually generic competition. Count Panasonic's DVD-LS91 among this select group. The LS91 is a near duplicate of its 2005 predecessor, the DVD-LS90, but it adds the AV input that was missing on the earlier model.

Weighing 2.75 pounds with battery and measuring 2.06 inches tall by 9.25 inches wide by 7.22 inches deep when closed, what sets the Panasonic DVD-LS91 apart is the swiveling armature design for its 9-inch screen. It allows you to easily adjust the angle and height of the display to cut down on glare--and you can fold the screen down to where it's almost flat, though not flat enough to truly qualify this model as a tablet-style portable.

Because of that armature, which meshes with the detachable battery on the back of the unit, the player looks a bit funky when closed, but when it's open, it's one of the more stylish portables we've reviewed. Its buttons are also well placed, with the main transport controls (chapter forward and back, repeat, stop, play, and pause) lined up along the front of the player where you sometimes might see speakers. The DVD-LS91's speakers are further back, near the armature's base. The player ships with a cigarette-lighter adapter and a nicely designed remote that's a cross between a standard-size DVD remote and a credit card-size model.

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