MSI looks to add executive chic to a winning laptop formula
- Good manual, easy to use
- Image quality not great
The Sanyo could have been quite a decent combination device, but it gets too many little things wrong.
Price$ 279.00 (AUD)
We had some trouble coming to a conclusion on the Sanyo HV-DX300A. It gets some things annoyingly wrong, but then has some very good features to make up for it. It has no S-Video output, for instance, but does have excellent progressive scan support. You can record from DVD to video, but then it supports Macrovision, which will often make such an operation pointless. It has a nice, usable remote, but doesn't put an eject button on it. The manual is very easy to follow, but doesn't cover everything the Sanyo can do. You get the gist.
Bizarrely, the integral DVD player and VHS player seem to exist in different worlds. The interface for the VHS player is a throwback to the early '80s. It's extremely raw, with just a blue screen and text during setup. Switch over to the DVD player, however, and press setup and you get something totally different: a graphical GUI that's easy to use and allows you to get things changed very quickly. On the upside, the two work almost completely independently, allowing you to watch a DVD video while recording a TV show, for instance.
We weren't impressed by either the tuning, playback or recording capacity of the VHS component. It did not come near matching the Toshiba SD-34VLSY in terms of image quality, in spite of both players having six heads. Switching over to DVD, the playback was competent, although we detected a slight flicker in the DVD playback using composite video. It disappeared when we switch to component video and progressive scan (but you need to have a progressive scan screen to do this).
To connect the Sanyo to your TV, you can use the RF loop-through, composite RCA cables, or component video. You can also hook it up to a Dolby Digital amp via the coaxial or optical digital output cables.
MP3 fans would appreciate the Sanyo. Like most other devices in this category, it can play CDs full of MP3s file and present slide shows of images stored on disc. In spite of the specifications saying that it only supports MP3 CD-R and CD-RWs, we tested a DVD-R with images and audio and it worked perfectly.
The MP3 playback dialogue has two advantages over most of the competitors: it shows the full filename (others often truncate the name), and you can set up playlists of songs (although you cannot save the playlists). The quality of the audio was very good, but navigating through the directories was painfully slow.
The flicker present in interlaced display of DVD video was also in evidence in the JPG viewer, which was otherwise very good, offering an image preview and a slideshow. Again, however, it proved painfully slow to navigate through the images--another case of the Sanyo HV-DX300A delivering, but not quite getting it right.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS TUF FX505 (Ryzen 7) review: Tolerable trade-offs
- 2 Google Pixel 4 XL review (2019): Full Resolution
- 3 Google Pixel 3a review: Less is more
- 4 Moto G7 review: The new gold standard for budget buyers
- 5 JBL Free X review: Better battery life comes at a cost
Latest News Articles
- Samsung's smart speaker sits out S20 debut
- Amazon round out local roster with Echo Show 8
- You can now watch Apple TV+ on LG TVs
- Sonos extend support for legacy products after backlash
- Sonos says goodbye to several legacy products
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Oppo Reno2 Z review
- HP Spectre x360 13: Full, in-depth review
- Here's how much the Motorola Razr will cost in Australia
- 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