It may look like we’ve got nostalgic and started reviewing CD Walkmans, but the F-1080 isn’t a portable device – it’s a home DVD player designed for those unfortunate enough to live in box rooms and broom cupboards.
Not that its size comes at the expense of an impressive CV. The F-1080 has an HDMI output which, thanks to the internal scaling, is capable of outputting video content right up to 1080p, and there are also component and composite connections along with support for DivX video.
The F-1080 has the trademark slick Samsung styling, although the remote isn’t quite as fancy and isn’t the most clearly laid out we’ve seen. Still, it does the job, and you can also operate it using the clever touchscreen buttons on the unit itself.
For audio, there’s a digital coaxial output and Dolby Digital decoding, though there’s no support for DTS soundtracks. Still, the DVD-F1080 proves decent enough with movie soundtracks, with clear dialogue and a fair amount of punch.
It’s the picture where a DVD player earns its corn, though, and the F1080 puts up a good show. In the gory Rambo, the Samsung delivers bright colours – blood red, say – and makes a fair stab at dark blacks.
Detail recovery is impressive, with Stallone’s ragged face providing plenty for the player to get its teeth into. Fast motion causes the Samsung a touch of bother, the image losing a little crispness and stability with fast pans. We also saw some noise at times, especially when viewing those blocks of black colour.
But this is a competent player that represents solid value at £70 – and even more so with the real possibility of finding a cheeky online bargain.