The Good Sleek design; decent-sized screen; DVD-Audio support; MP3 and CD-R/RW playback.
The Bad Expensive; so-so battery life (without the use of optional external battery).
The Bottom Line Although it has a steep price tag, the LA95 is one of the nicer portable DVD players on the market.
Panasonic's DVD-LA95 PalmTheater is one of those tech products that you want as soon as you see it. Lightweight and sleek, this feature-rich portable DVD player has a 9-inch LCD, offers solid performance both on the road and at home connected to your TV, and even has support for DVD-Audio and MP3 CDs. The only problem is its rather hefty price tag. Panasonic's DVD-LA95 PalmTheater is one of those tech products that you want as soon as you see it. Lightweight and sleek, this feature-rich portable DVD player has a 9-inch LCD, offers solid performance both on the road and at home connected to your TV, and even has support for DVD-Audio and MP3 CDs. The only problem is its rather hefty price tag.
At 2.2 pounds, the LA95 isn't the lightest portable DVD player, but it's nowhere as heavy as most DVD-equipped laptops, and it isn't a nuisance to carry. All in all, it has a pretty sturdy feel, and though we didn't dare drop it, it traveled just fine in a lightly padded carrying case.
Other than its ample, 9-inch display, the first thing you'll notice when you open the player is the multidirectional mouse button/jog dial that's illuminated by a cool-looking, blue backlight, which you can choose to turn off. We also appreciated the backlit transport buttons (Next Chapter, Previous Chapter, Pause), as well as the power on/off buttons. Another plus: the small, easy-to-use remote incorporates a navigational mouse button.
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