- Good price, multiple audio-out options, USB input
- Inbuilt speakers sound dull
A competent, well-priced mid-range player with a simple interface and good screen, hampered by poor speakers.
Price$ 299.00 (AUD)
The DVP-FX720 is the latest portable DVD offering from Sony, and has a good range of input and output options at a very competitive price. Though it doesn't have the higher-resolution screen of Sony's premium model, the video quality is still good, and the unit includes a connector for composite video output. The in-built speakers are relatively poor, but that is to be expected in a portable player.
The 7-inch, 480x234 resolution panel displays video content in faithful colours, with no evident ghosting. While the image is slightly fuzzy due to the low resolution, fine detail is still visible which makes watching a DVD a pleasant experience. Contrast levels are decent, and there is a small degree of adjustability for backlight and colour levels in the setup menu.
The speakers built in to the player are the only real let-down. At all volumes the treble and bass felt a little lacking, with only a mid-range present. While this is useful for movie dialogue, background noises and music are often lost. Sony has not bundled a set of headphones in the packaging, and volume controls for the inbuilt speakers is limited. The speakers are inaudible at less than half the volume, and even at maximum volume they would be drowned out in a busy environment.
Thankfully Sony include a large number of audio inputs and outputs with this device, which boasts a composite video output, optical audio output and dual-headphone outputs. Further to this, the optical and video ports can also serve as inputs thanks to a switch located on the side of the case.
The FX720 has a glossy white clamshell case with a black plastic interior. With the removable five-hour battery attached, the player weighs 730g, which is on par with other similarly-sized models. A limited array of playback buttons are found on the unit, but the included remote has all the necessary functionality. The screen tilts vertically but offers no other range of motion. On the flip side this leads to a more solid feel than complex swivelling and rotating screens.
The file types that can be played back include MP3 and JPEG files, as well as DivX. Combined with the possibility of reading DVD-RW discs, this offers the option of regularly copying multiple movies to one disc, which reduces or negates the need to carry several discs around with the player. As well as this, the unit offers a USB port which is able to access a thumb drive or MP3 player loaded with video or audio files.
The FX720 is competitive with models from other companies, with the advantage of having a slightly cheaper retail price than average. It's simple enough to use, but offers a small amount of video tweaking if needed. Only slightly hampered by poor speakers, the player is worth a look for those interested in a mid-level portable DVD player.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Acer Swift 7
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Huawei Mate 9
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Dell XPS 13 laptop
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices
- Sony Smart B-Trainer headset gives runners vocal advice
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
- Apple shows off iPod touch, nano updates
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TP.Net DeveloperSA
- FTJunior ITIL Service AnalystVIC
- CCSystem EngineerSA
- CCTest ManagerWA
- FTPMO Coordinator-Permanent Opportunity-Education/Government Background EssentialNSW
- FTSenior Software Engineer x 2 - Adelaide Based (PV, NV2 or NV1 required)Other
- CCUnix AdministratorNSW
- TPICT Project CoordinatorQLD
- CCUnix Systems AdministratorNSW
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerNSW
- CCCyber Security ArchitectNSW
- FTSnr SOC Security Coordinator - Perm - North Ryde areaNSW
- CCFront End DeveloperNSW
- CCSystems Engineer (Infra)NSW
- TPUI/UX ConsultantWA
- CCDesktop Engineer l WollongongNSW
- FTInfrastructure Security Compliance OfficerNSW
- FT.net Developer (Front and Back end)QLD
- TPProject OfficerNSW
- TPIteration ManagerNSW
- CCFront-End DeveloperQLD
- FTMicrosoft ProgrammerSA
- TPMicrosoft Analyst ProgrammerSA
- CCPMO ManagerNSW
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD