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LG DP391B review

We're swayed by the functionality of LG's portable offering

Our Verdict

Offering a lot more functionality than a portable DVD player, the DP391B is a handy multimedia device that can handle photos, music and movies with ease

For

  • Photo viewer
  • Plays MP3's
  • DivX and Xvid support

Against

  • Expensive

It's hard to be overly enthusiastic about portable DVD players these days. With what amount to dire sales happening in other areas of electronics, most notably with laptops, it's hard to justify spending a couple of hundred quid on a fancy movie player – especially when a fully-functioning portable PC can be gleaned for just a little extra moolah.

However, LG's DP391B portable disc spinner does make a decent stab at turning heads.

To begin with, its swanky tablet-like aesthetics allow it to look comfortable in any surrounding, even a lounge. And, as it doubles as a CD player and a digital photo frame, I could see it being happily used in a bedroom as a multimedia device.

Sleek design

For such a slim and sleek piece of kit, it certainly packs a healthy variety of socketry around its rim. Ports exist for memory cards (in all the common flavours) and USB 2.0 connectivity (for a stick laden with JPEG images, for example). And there are two headphone sockets to share experiences with one other on your travels. Splendid.

Picture quality, via its 8in TFT screen, is very good indeed. There's decent colour fidelity and motion control is tight. Audio via the headphone port is beefy, bassy and bold.

The deck makes a half-decent stab at virtual surround and the number of file types supported (DivX, XviD, MP3, etc) add an impressive cannon in its arsenal.

However, the in-built speakers break up at higher volumes and the rechargeable battery can't be changed manually.

Tech Specs

Product TypePortable DVD Player
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
USBYes
Media FormatsDVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD-R
ColourBlack
Brand NameLG
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Video FormatsAVI, DivX, DVD Video, MPEG-4, SVCD, Video CD
Number of Headphone Ports2
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3, WMA
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product ModelDP391B
Product NameDP391B Portable DVD Player
Manufacturer Part NumberDP391B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Package Contents
  • DP391B Portable DVD Player
  • Remote Control