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Do your homework
on March 19, 2012
I picked this up for the sole purpose of being able to stream movies from a USB device, which it's supposed to support. I get home and read through the manual only to discover that it only supports .mp4 format. This is not a major problem since I can convert other formats, but for the non-technical person this may be an issue for you. Where I really started having problems is when I plugged in my USB stick. I powered up the unit and got....nothing. I opened up the manual and saw a suspicious comment about supported USB devices. When I Googled the devices, lo and behold, they're Sony USB devices. According to the manual, if I insert an unsupported USB device (i.e. external Hard Drive, etc) I'm supposed to get an error screen. No such screen appeared for me. In fact, nothing at all happened. The light on the USB stick didn't come on so I'm not even sure if they device can see it. In case you're wondering if I had a bad USB stick, I've tried three different sticks of different size and manufacture. Zip, zilch, nada... So, I'm left to speculate that one of two things are happening. Either my USB port is DOA (possible, but unlikely) or Sony devices only support Sony USB sticks (more probable and not mentioned anywhere except a vague reference to supported devices on page 13 of the manual). At any rate, I'll be promptly returning this for a refund and I'll make sure that I bring along my USB stick to try out on the next device I buy.
As for the rest of the device, it works great. If all you want to do is watch DVD's than this device is for you. The two headset ports were another deciding factor for me as I have twins. I also like the 'hold' switch on the side of the unit that locks out the menu buttons on the device so curious fingers don't stop the movie. The unit is light enough to carry around that toting it to the restaurant is no big deal. I would recommend a carrying case, however, to organize (i.e. prevent the loss of) power and I/O cords. The swivel screen is a fabulous feature and makes the unit compact so it's not very obtrusive when out in public. The volume is a little low (it's fine in a quiet room, but it can be hard to hear in a noisy restaraunt). The volume is not a problem when using headsets so maybe I'm just being picky.
Really, the only thing that irks me about this product is the problems I'm having getting the USB port to see a USB device. Again, if you're only watching movies on DVD than this is the player for you. However, if you were looking forward to viewing photos or video from a USB device than make sure it works before you buy.