Rated 2 out of 5 by Penultimate No endurance
Although I bought this product 2 years ago, I've only used it occasionally. Thus, I didn't expect it to give up the ghost so quickly and so abruptly, It looks nice enough, and the design is reasonably intuitive, but I have no sense they're built to last.
December 31, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kpals10 The best we've ever owned!
We've owned a few portable DVD players and so far this is the best we've had. The picture is great and the volume is the loudest I've ever heard on a portable player. We drive across country a couple of times a year and sometimes I let my child watch movies in bed. I've only had this a week but so far I'm thrilled with my choice. I would definitely recommend this product.
November 28, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by papi6022 SONY SINKS ON THIS PORTABLE DVD PLAYER
The unit looks good with great screen. BUT now the battery last only 4 hrs AT MOST! I bought this for long airline trips and can barely watch 2 movies! Sony does not make an extrra external battery that could extend the view time (unlike the previous model)! Furthermore, Sony doesn't include all the connector wires needed to attach to a cable tv so you can't use this unless you BUY an additionalcable attachment wire, NOT easy to find these and Sony DOES NOT SELL THEM! I think this is all UNACCEPTABLE for a "portable" DVD player. Finally I found the correct cable attachment wire at B&H photo after searching for days in New York City. There I was told to buy the PANASONIC instead because it has 9 hrs. battery life, correct cable wires AND external batteries for more view time! HELLO SONY WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO YOUR PRODUCT LINE????
June 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by rainy Not the one shown on website
I ordered this online based on the photo and was excited until it came and saw that the FX980 *DOES NOT* have the swivel head as shown on the photo and is exactly the same control set up as the cheaper FX780. Poor customer service too because to return this I have to pay the return shipping.
February 6, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by halfpint419 Not DVD in Picture
This is NOT a swivel screen DVD. The picture on item is not what you get! the 980 is bulky and does not swivel. The picture is of the 930 (which I owned before and loved!) Sony needs to change the picture!
November 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fitdad Home run
Purchased this portable DVD player for christmas to use for my workout videos (we do insanity, t25, etc. ). Before ,My wife and I would have to use the living room tv and DVD player because of the space needed for our workout. It was a hassle moving the coffee table and couch every time, so I purchased this portable DVD player so that I could workout anywhere that had space, even outdoors. Glad I did ! First off, I was a bit concerned about the size of the screen and if I could see the video from a distance. No problem at all, the HD is very clear and some times we may have a group with a person around 40 foot away and the picture is very clear and you can see all the moves of the exercise. The other concern I had would be the sound and if the volume would be loud enough to hear or would I have to buy additional speakers, not the case . Sony really stepped it up with this one. Very load and very clear, even when we use it outdoors, ( we have used this player at the park, in the gym and in my back yard on the pool deck, this list will be sure to grow) I have seen other people join in from far way, (sound can't be beat ). but indoors I need to turn it down a bit. Another great perk is the remote control, being able to control the video from a distance really helps. Also the battery life is not a issue for me, my workouts last from 30 minutes to an hour , depending on the DVD and exercise I'm using, So 4 hours of battery life is more than enough. I know I have only owned this sony portable DVD player for about a month and I only use it for exercise but I really love it for my needs. The freedom to play my workout DVD anywhere has opened a new level of energy and excitement . This summer we are going on a 14 day cruise, can't wait to take it with us. Before, we go on a lot of trips we would have to rely on memory of the workout , not anymore, I could not be happier with this purchase.
January 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by indianareader filled the bill
I ordered this for my 91-year-old mom who needed something easy to operate to watch her DVDs and listen to CDs. She has trouble with remotes and the player allows her to use it easily. It comes with other options that I'm sure work well, but were not needed in her case. Very satisfied customer.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gamma Colour me very happy
I have had many makes of portable DVD players over the years, all of which have had either a distorted picture or very bad sound.
This model from Sony has restored my faith in DVD players....great picture and excellent sound. An extra plus - it's multi-region!
May 3, 2014