Insignia 10.2" Portable DVD Player in the Test Lab

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Product: Insignia 10.2" Portable DVD Player
Price: $200; currently on sale for $180
Rating: Recommend

Didn't win the TV but still want an Insignia? On a budget but still want the flat screen experience? It's not 37 inches, but it's got it's own perks, namely portability.

Like Insignia for large-screen LCDs, the Insignia Portable DVD player is a lower-cost option with quality that's on par with higher-priced models. The portability means it's easy to watch movies in bed--if you don't have a laptop, or without the head of a laptop--or keep the kids occupied in their room with a movie while you do housework.

10.2" of screen real estate is some of the highest out there, and you can take full advantage of it no matter the position of the actual player because of the swivel/pivot screen.

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The swiveling screen can turn 180-degrees in either direction, and then fold flat onto the base, which would make the player comfortable in your lap in bed or during a road trip. It also has 3 headphone jacks so that everyone can listen in without distracting the driver--or waking the baby. The sound had good bass and balance as well.

The LCD screen keeps up with all the action; there isn't any delay or lag in refresh levels that interfere with a great viewing experience. We tested it out with Casino Royale, which made our car trip much more interesting. And with 4 hours of battery time, we could have easily watched another movie in the same trip. Besides the portability factor and the large screen, the battery length is a huge plus as well.

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Here's a sort of bird's eye view of the inside base. At $50 cheaper than the sale price of the next cheapest 10.2" portable DVD player, the sacrifice was made on the controls portion, not the screen or battery length.

The controls are sufficient, and it even comes with a remote control that tucks away inside the base (on the lower right). However, there isn't a volume control on the remote, which would probably be the most practical. It's a manual toggle on the side of the base. Also somewhat awkward is the fact that the power and eject buttons are at the front of the base, and easily pressed if you hold the player by the corners of the base--and that's easily done with the small size if you're moving it around. Not a deal breaker, but definitely a consideration.

All in all, we loved the Insignia 10.2" LCD portable DVD player, and with a retail price of $200, it's a more approachable way to get your Insignia "big screen" fix.