The Sony DVP-FX970 includes a lot of features for its price. Its adjustable, 9-inch screen is larger than average; its battery holds a charge for up to six hours while most players only manage three; and it can play MP4 video files as well as discs -- a feature missing on many players, even more expensive ones. Users say this portable DVD player has great sound and video quality. Most also find its controls easy to use, although a few complain that the touch controls are too sensitive and are easy to activate by accident.
A few users report that their DVD players broke down within the first year, but this is a complaint that pops up for all portable DVD players, and the Sony DVP-FX970 gets fewer complaints than most in that regard. That's a good thing because like most DVD players of this type, the DVP-FX970 has a warranty that covers parts for one year from purchase but covers labor for only 90 days. If you're reluctant to spend more than $100 on a machine that might not last, you might prefer the Sony DVP-FX750 (*Est. $80), but that player has a smaller screen and offers fewer features.
Professional reviews for portable DVD players in general are scarce, and we did not find any that cover the Sony DVP-FX970. However, we did see nearly 100 reviews from users at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Buzzillions.com, most of them positive.
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More than 50 owners review the Sony DVP-FX970 at Amazon.com, giving it an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Owners are mostly pleased with the player's sturdy construction, its sound and video quality and its ability to play MP4 files. We did read a few complaints about reliability, but fewer than average.
Review: Sony DVP-FX970 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011
We found more than 20 reviews for the Sony DVP-FX970 at Walmart.com, and an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Users praise the player's sound and video quality, long battery life and ease of use. Its light weight and portability are also points in its favor.
Review: Sony DVP-FX970 9" Portable DVD Player, Contributors to Walmart.com
This review aggregator site has more than 20 reviews for the Sony DVP-FX970 pulled from a variety of electronic retail sites across the web. The player earns very high ratings overall -- none less than 4 stars -- with praise for its sound, picture, simple controls and portability.
Review: Sony 9" Black Portable DVD Player, Contributors to Buzzillions.com