Panasonic DVD-LS84 review

How will Panasonic's DVD-LS84 fare when spun up?

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Our Verdict

Not a bad player, but is bested by some other players

For

  • Viewing options
  • Format support
  • Battery life

Against

  • Speakers
  • Resolution
  • No remote control

The Panasonic DVD-LS84 is equipped with an 8in widescreen, but thanks to the 'Free Style Viewing' feature, you can choose how to watch it. The screen unclips from the back support and slides forward onto the base, turning it into a tablet-style device, or you can opt for the traditional flip-top design.

Either way, this slim, compact unit is comfortable to hold and pleasingly light, even with the battery pack attached. But its dull grey finish doesn't do it any favours.

In the box are a plastic headrest bracket and cigarette outlet adaptor for in-car use (but, strangely, no remote), and the player is packed with useful picture and sound modes, plus Cinemascope and American Vista zoom modes.

Format compatibility is excellent and the 7hr battery life is very good, although you have to reduce the screen brightness considerably to achieve it.

Sadly, picture quality is blighted by the 480 x 234-pixel screen, which makes detail look soft and gives the image a chicken wire effect with jagged edges. Colour reproduction is also unnatural, lending skin tones a lobster-like hue. But blacks are deep, punchy and noise-free.

As for audio, the built-in speakers unsurprisingly lack any punch, but through headphones you're in for a treat, particularly if you activate the headphone virtual surround mode.

All in all not a bad effort, but lacklustre pictures and a lack of USB/SD card slots make other players better value for money.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePortable DVD Player
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Media FormatsDVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R, CD-RW
ColourBlack
Brand NamePanasonic
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Video FormatsDVD Video, MPEG-4, SVCD, Video CD
Composite VideoYes
Number of Headphone Ports2
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Height46 mm
Width242 mm
Depth173 mm
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Virtual Surround
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDVD-LS84
Product NameDVD-LS84 Portable DVD Player
Manufacturer Part NumberDVD-LS84EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

A convenient Mono Arm structure allows the 8" widescreen to be fixed at various angles to provide comfortable viewing of films and photos for all types of locations and viewing methods. Simply mount the included Headrest Mounting Bracket to the back of the seat to turn the entire back seat into a home cinema. This is just the kind of entertainment you need for long drives. Depending on the type of headrest, you may not be able to attach the bracket.

Package Contents
  • DVD-LS84 Portable DVD Player
  • Remote Control
  • Headrest Mounting Bracket
  • Car DC Adaptor
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.01 kg