Toshiba SD-P73S review

Does the Toshiba SD-P73S offer a good portable deal?

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Our Verdict

It's a shame that the resolution of these is quite low but with good battery life and decent design, this should keep most people happy watching a DVD on the move


  • Design
  • Battery life
  • SD card slot


  • Speakers
  • No USB
  • Screen resolution

With its eye-catching black and white finish, the SD-P73S looks as pretty as a picture. It uses the traditional flip-top design, with a 7in, 16:9 screen set into the top section.

It doesn't swivel like some of the other Toshiba models so shared viewing isn't easy, although there are two headphone sockets specifically for that purpose.

The supplied battery clips onto the bottom, but even when it's attached the unit is remarkably slim and compact. Build quality is excellent, too, although it could have done with a rubberised finish.

Battery life is a decent five hours – that's at least three rom-coms – and there's a cigarette power adaptor for in-car viewing. Also in the box is a credit card-sized remote, which is inevitably fiddly and requires the shift key for some functions, but it's tolerable enough.

As per many portables at this size the resolution is 480 x 234 pixels, so when playing back 720 x 576 DVDs there's an inevitable pixel shortfall. This manifests itself in a visible chicken wire effect and lack of fine detail.

But to be honest, when watching DVDs on the train it's not a major problem – of greater importance are the vibrant colours, solid blacks and lack of noise, which make pictures rich and punchy.

Sound from the speakers is okay for dialogue-rich movies, but loud scenes are tinny, so invest in some good headphones.

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Tech Specs

Product TypePortable DVD Player
Media FormatsCD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size18 cm (7.1")
Video FormatsDVD Video, SVCD, Video CD
Composite VideoYes
Digital Audio Optical OutYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Sound SystemVirtual Surround
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Product ModelSD-P73S
Product NameSD-P73S Portable DVD Player
Manufacturer Part NumberSD-P73S
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • SD-P73S Portable DVD Player
  • Bag
  • AV Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Car Adapter
  • DVB-T Antenna
  • Remote Control
Weight (Approximate)790 g