Samsung's DVD-L300 - 10" Of Portable DVD Goodness - Testing the L300 Beauty

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Samsung's DVD-L300 - 10" Of Portable DVD Goodness
Testing the L300 Beauty

Product Testing:

We'll divide the testing up into a few different phases.  We'll analyse DVD Playback and compatibility, then take a look at TV viewing and finally some XBOX performance.  We'll also touch on Audio quality at the end.

DVD Playback:

DVD Playback with this unit is exceptional.  The 16:9 aspect ratio really does movies like X-MEN and the Lord of The Rings Trilogy justice.  Color is rich and vivid, while blacks stayed black and whites remained white.  I never noticed any ghosting or dragging on any movies that I tried, and believe me, I tried a bunch.  From "50 First Dates" to "Titan AE", the DVD Playback quality was excellent.

With the LCD native at 16:9, it was interesting to use the EZ View button and choose Letterbox, PanScan, and "Fit to Height" movies that had even a wider aspect ratio.  The conversion was done well, and video quality did not suffer.  For viewing 4:3 or 16:9 movies, this unit rocks hard and long.

According to Samsung's spec sheet (linked above), the DVD-L300 supports DVD-ROM and DVD-R.  I tested out DVD+R's, DVD+RW's, and even DVD-RW's and never encountered any playback or format incompatibility.

TV Viewing:

For this phase of testing, I plugged the unit into my Satellite receiver to take a look at TV Viewing in comparison to a standard CRT TV.  Color was vivid and the picture was crisp in all cases here.  The only beef I had with the unit is that when viewing a video signal through the inputs, it stretches to 16:9.  You cannot select a different aspect ratio, PanScan or Letterbox the feed.  This is not really surprising as the DVD Signal processor is in charge of that function.

Gaming Performance:

To test out the speed and response time of the LCD, I dropped by Nicao's place and he played a little Halo 2 on the DVD-L300.  Color seemed crisp and vivid on the XBOX, and although they was some slight ghosting, it was not very noticeable, nor would it affect gameplay in any way.  Snag this unit, grab a power inverter, and you've got some XBOX on the go!

 

Audio Performance:

I was quite surprised at the quality and volume of sound that this little unit could put out.  It has more than enough volume to keep you happy when placed on your lap while traveling, and even has enough volume to keep you happy is a medium sized room.  The quality was pretty decent, although bass was a little lacking.  Not a shock as the speakers are tiny.  This unit can put out better sound at louder volumes than many laptops I've seen and shouldn't be a limiting factor in most situations.

Battery Life:

While the DVD-L300 comes with both AC and DC adapters, battery life is still very important.  You want to be able to take this baby on the go and not worry about cables.  Samsung rates the battery at 2.5 hours approximate run-time, but I beg to differ.  When testing at home and in the Hospital (to keep my 2 year old son happy while we visited mommy and my new baby), I repeatedly got 3.5 - 4 Hours run-time out of this unit.  Your results will vary depending on volume, brightness, and how much you skip around on the DVD.  Either way, battery life exceeds their specs.  Always a good thing.

Conclusion:

The Samsung DVD-L300 has a lot going for it.  It is 10" of portable DVD goodness that most people would love to have on the holidays, on the commute (if you're a passenger), and even at home.  It has excellent video and audio quality, and the 10" LCD is large enough to accomodate several viewers.  If you're tired os squinting at the 5" DVD player you bought a year ago, the DVD-L300 is a worthy upgrade.

My two biggest beefs with the DVD-L300 is the price and the lack of volume control on the remote.  The unit is priced over $500USD ~ $600CDN, and it's just a DVD Player.  For a few hundred dollars more, you can pick up a Celeron Laptop with DVD-ROM/CD-RW with a bigger screen.  Of course it's not as portable.  The lack of volume control on the remote is almost unforgiveable, however, and really keeps the DVD-L300 from scoring top marks.

Here's how it really breaks down.

Pros:

  • Large 10" LCD.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Vivid, sharp LCD.
  • Good audio quality and volume.

Cons:

  • No volume control on remote.
  • Pretty expensive compared to 7" Portable DVD Players. (~$350CDN more)

 

BensCustomCases.com Rating
Quality:
10/10
Performance:
10/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
10/10
Features:
6/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 8.8

 

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I'd like to thank Samsung for firing me the DVD-L300 over for a review on such short notice.