Sony D-VE7000S: Not a PMP

Sonydve7000s Pictures can be so deceiving. My heart skipped a beat when I mistook this Sony D-VE7000S DVD Walkmanir?t=pocketables 20&l=ur2&o=1 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag here for a portable media player (otherwise known as a PMP, my favorite gadget in the world). That damn beautiful tablet design and speaker/charging cradle are what drew me in and subsequently confused me. Even after I found out that the color display was a 7-inch widescreen LCD featuring a mediocre 480 x 234 resolution (not the specs of a typical PMP), I compared its dimensions (7.6" x 5.4" x 1.1") to the Archos AV700 (8.2" x 4.2" x 0.8") and figured I was in the clear.

And then my hopes were dashed. The D-VE7000S not only has an absurd model name that no one will remember or repeat, but it’s also just a boring old portable DVD player that plays the standard set of CDs and DVDs, including -R/+R and -RW/+RW, as well as MP3s and JPG slideshows. That’s right, no internal hard drive and from what I can tell, no support for DivX or XviD. To add insult to injury, the li-ion battery is nonremovable and only houses about 3 hours of power.

Hmm…

Is it wrong that I still kind of like it? It has dual headphone jacks, video in/out ports, a kickstand, and a decent set of included accessories (remote control, carrying case, headphones, AC adapter, cradle). And it’s only about $200. Not too great when compared to other 7-inch portable DVD players, sure, but not too bad for a Sony. Not too bad at all.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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