Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Coby V-Zon HD MP977 7" HD Video Player Review

What do you do if you can't quite swing the hefty price tag attached to an Tablet PC but still want something to carry around with you that can do at least part of what an Tablet PC can do? Up for review today is the Coby V-Zon HD.

The Coby V-Zon HD has a 7 inch screen, 4GB built in memory and an SD slot. It syncs with your computer for easy transfer of your media files no matter which media program you use and comes with a set of ear buds, a soft cloth carry case, a remote and all the cords you need. It's battery is rechargeable 2 ways- directly plugged into the wall or from a computer. It has a MSRP of $110.

Their features and specs include:
Experience high-definition video, music, photos, and text on a gorgeous 7” LCD screen
Advanced processing supports 1080p video in a wide range of popular formats
Connect and enjoy in Full 1080p on your HDTV*
Includes 4 GB or 8 GB of internal flash memory
Expandable memory with optional microSDHC card
Convenient remote control included
Calendar app included
Integrated stereo speakers and 3.5 mm headphone jack
USB 2.0 Hi-speed for fast file transfers
Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (2200 mAH)
Stereo Earphones
USB Cable
100-240V UL Listed AC Adapter
Protective Pouch
Remote Control
HDMI Cable

Memory Type Flash
Memory Max 4G or 8G(optional microSDHC)
Display Size 7.0" Color TFT LCD
Display Resolution 800 x 480
Audio Input 3.5mm Headphone Terminal
Audio Output Integrated Speakers
Video Output Mini HDMI - Type C (max 1080p), 3.5mm Component Video (max 1080p)
USB Port 2.0 Hi-Speed
Audio Format Support MP3, WMA
Video Format Support HD Video: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, WMV
Photo Format Support JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG
OSD Menu Languages English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese
Certifications CE, FCC
Power Input/Output 1600mAH
Battery Type Integrated Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
Unit Dimension (WHD) 4.51" x 6.95" x 0.554"
Package Dimension (WHD) 9" x 6.77" x 2.17"
Built-in Tuner

This little HD video player does not have a touch screen but the buttons for navigating are located in the upper right corner of the player. The buttons are easily understood and the system is easily navigated. It has a very clear battery life indicator in the upper right corner of the screen and a date/time indicator on the left side of the screen.

When you reach the opening menu, your choices are; Explorer, Movie, Music, Photo, eBook, FM Calendar and Settings.

The Explorer option basically gives you access to all that is on your system. Just in case you're not sure if you want to watch a movie, listen to music or read a book, you can browse it all to see what catches your eye and imagination.

The Movie option shows you all the movies you have loaded on the Coby. The Coby is capable of playing up to a 480 or DVD quality on it's 7 inch screen with virtually no pixilation to the screen, or up to 1080p on your TV thru the HDMI output. There are built in speakers that give a reasonable stereo experience, or you can use the included earbuds for more privacy.

The Music section gives you the option of sorting your files by Artist, Album, Genre, Star (you can rate your individual songs up to five stars) or by year with the included option of just random playing of all your music files.

The Photo option sorts your photos by uploaded files. Once you click on a file, the photos inside that file are displayed as thumbnails. You can click on a photo to enlarge it to full screen and can navigate using the systems buttons or you can run a slide show of all your pictures. Also you can run your music in the background while running the slideshow of your pictures. It is almost as good as a movie for entertaining small children!

The eBook option allows you to download and read PDF files. It does not have the ability to tap into your Kindle or Nook account, but there are a lot of PDF files for download out there to keep you busy. Again you can run music and read at the same time. The initial font size is very small. There is a way to enlarge the size, but it doesn't save from page to page.

The FM radio is built in and you can either manually find stations or you can use the auto option. You can also mark your stations for easy findability. The radio doesn't work without having the earbuds plugged in, as the player relies on the earbud wire to act as an antenna.

The calender option is just a simple visual of the calender month. You cannot set appointments or alarms.

The settings option allows you to control the output, power or language (English, French, Dutch, Portuguese or Spanish.) You can also set the time limit before the power automatically turns off and the time before the screen goes blank to conserve power. Also your key tone selection and brightness selection are found here or you can restore to factory default.

Coby has also included in this package a toll free number for their customer service help. They will help you set up any part of your HD player. Their hours are reasonable and their representatives are knowledgeable.

Overall, this is a great little device. Especially if you're looking for a starter tablet. It will do only a few of the things a tablet would do, but it does them well for a fraction of the cost. Because of this, our editor has given the Coby V-Zon HD our Value Award. For complete specs and info visit their website at http://www.cobyusa.com/.