The Good PAL progressive scan outputs; plays WMA, MP3, JPEG and DivX files; extremely slim.
The Bad No S-video output.
The Bottom Line You might well ask if there's still anyone buying DVD players, but the Toshiba SD-150E is a great value upgrade for anyone who has bought a projector or flat screen TV. Component outputs provide a PAL progressive scan picture, which basically means a rock-solid picture with vibrant colours and excellent detail, and advanced features such as component outputs and DivX playback add to the value
Technology moves at a staggering pace, particularly in the world of DVD players. Now available for less than the discs you put inside them, the DVD player has dropped in price far quicker than the VCR ever did. If you were an early adopter of DVD, you might have bought a player costing upwards of £350, and chances are it was big, ugly and not even as good as a unit that costs £60 these days.
One player that's chipping away at the lower end of the market is the Toshiba SD-150E, which offers progressive scan video and DivX playback for the very reasonable price of £45. It won't win any prizes for style, but as a bedroom or kitchen DVD player to accompany a flat screen, it's certainly a good value purchase.
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