Entertainment on the go

Long journeys can be tedious and watching films on the mobile can be quite strenuous to the eyes. Books and newspapers are popular methods of keeping your spirits up, but not for all. Lack of portability often restricts a lot of other possible means of entertainment and in such a situation, a compact portable DVD player can prove a marvelous companion on a journey. Mitashi has stirred out a new portable DVD player called Mitashi TFD 9609 and we will see whether it is worth taking on a journey or not.

The package which came to us had the Mitashi TFD 9609, a headphone, video out, car charger, single line x, AC/DC adapter, the remote (powered by two AAA rechargeable batteries) and a car attachment kit. The DVD player is black in colour and its back panel has a matte finish. The DVD player has a 9-inch TFD colour display with an aspect ratio of 16:9 in wide screen. It features a volume dial on the right side of the base along with 3.5 mm audio jack, and the On/Off switch.

On the front of the base is a light indicator showing charging status. On the left hand side of the base, we found the TV tuner output. The back side of the base has a USB drive, card reader-MMC/SD/MS, and DC in 9-12v. The display is set on a revolving base allowing 270 degree rotation. The base has a disc player supporting DVD, CD and is covered with a flimsy lid. Adjacent to it is the control panel which comprises of Menu, setup, function keys; SD/USB/DVD option key, LCD off/on key; the navigation keys cum playback buttons and the play and stop button.

The video quality is decent and watchable. The TFT display does not strain your eyes, even if you are watching videos from a close range. The audio though ordinary, works very well if you are using a headphone. The two speakers are right below the screen.

The player can also be used with the TV or as a TV tuner and as a car screen. The user can play movies or music not only through a DVD but also via a pen drive and a memory card. The player is compatible with a USB, DVD and SD card and supports DIVX, JPEG, MP3 etc. with playback options.

The DVD player runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery giving unplugged backup of up to 2.5 hours, which is quite impressive. However, the device is not without its flaws. The keys on the DVD player are stiff and need more pressure to be applied on them. The remote used to operate the DVD player has round and awkward keys. Stiffness is not the only issue with the keys, their irregular round shape and the glossy interface makes the remote smudgy and dust prone. The battery cover is jumpy and keeps falling back on pressing the keys hard.

However, with all the small niggles, at 7.5k, this device from Mitashi is decently priced and succeeds Mitashi's previous model Mitashi 7607, which is currently priced at 5.5k. Other DVD players, like Philips PET717 are in the same range. Overall, it is a good device and offers multiple options.

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