Testing the DVD-L100 under battery
Now comes the hardest part of this review - testing! To
accomplish this feat we had to buy round trip tickets from the east to west
coast and back on a Boeing 747.... Well, no we didin't quite go for a test
that realistic, but we did nuke some popcorn and sit down to watch two
DVD's on the DVD-L100 under just battery power.
Two different DVD's were choosing to ensure no
disk defects would come into play - possibly affecting the outcome of
our tests. The first DVD was Black Hawk Down, and the second, The
Matrix. The matrix is our default DVD test disk, but with all the "testing"
we've had to do I've seen this movie on the order of 50 times.
After an overnight charge of the Lithium Ion battery we
set forth with Black Hawk Down, a 144 minute movie which has won awards for its
sound and superb editing. Visually, the movie is pretty rich in tone and
cinematography so it acted as a good reference point for more subtle
visualizations and colour saturation than The Matrix would be able to.
With Black Hawk Down (BHD) there were a few moments when DVD playback would stutter,
or stop momentarily on irregular intervals. With the first playback the
movie froze about half-way through, and the unit had to be restarted
after a short cool-down period. I think this may have just been
an initial burn-in, or possibly disk related because on subsequent playback sessions the
same problems did not pop up. We did
see some intermittent stuttering for the first two playback sessions with the BHD DVD,
but by the third the playback from start to finish was perfect -
no stutters, to pauses, and no skips. After that everything played great.
Testing with the Matrix DVD showed none of these issues at
all, so it I don't suspect the DVD-L100 was a fault, but performance may vary
from DVD to DVD.