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Sony DVP-FX720W review: Sony DVP-FX720W

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The Good Handles DivX, MP3 and JPEG file formats as well as DVDs. Play files from USB port or disc drive. Accurate colours.

The Bad Image quality suffers from grid lines. Can only play DivX files from disc drive, not USB.

The Bottom Line The FX720 has its limitations, but for the price, it does what it is designed to do well enough.

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6.9 Overall

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Design
There's really nothing to say design-wise that sets this Sony portable DVD player apart from most of the rest of the recent crop of portable DVD players. It's almost a visual twin of the Philips DCP750, with a white, iPod-esque exterior that opens up to a black interior housing the screen on top and disk player and control panel on the base. There is a small speaker panel running underneath the screen. Its compact size and sub 1kg weight make the FX720 easy enough to carry in a handbag or backpack when travelling.

With only a seven-inch display, we doubt that you'll ever be far enough away from the player to need a remote control, but one is included anyway. The remote is small, but well laid out in such a way that all buttons are easy to use.

In addition to the AC adaptor, the unit comes with an in-car charger and an AV in/out cable. There are two headphone jacks but no headphones included.

Features
The FX720 plays the standard set of DVD disc formats -- DVD-ROMs, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD-R -- as well as DivX video files. It also handles MP3 audio tracks and JPEG images.

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