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Toshiba SD-3980 Progressive Scan DVD Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 214 reviews of Toshiba SD-3980 Progressive Scan DVD Player. The average rating for this product is 1.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The usability and price are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the size and reliability.

price, usability, image quality, design

reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Toshiba SD-3980 Progressive Scan DVD Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 57/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 196 user reviews of Toshiba SD-3980 Progressive Scan DVD Player from The average user rating for this product is 1.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on People are impressed by the design. The image quality also gets good feedback. There are some mixed opinions about the usability, and the size and reliability get less positive opinions.

price, image quality, design

reliability, size

24% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Toshiba SD-3980 Progressive-Scan DVD PlayerToshiba SD-3980 Progressive-Scan DVD PlayerToshiba SD 3980 - Region Free Code Free PAL NTSC DVD player

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: themiser (

Avoid this player


Easy to use. Decent picture and sound

Stopped working after 5 months

May, 2006

Consumer review by: Agent Wilson (

Plays Pal Disks


Good unit easy to use


Feb, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (



Sleek, plenty of features

Buggy, freezes now and then and you need to unplug the unit for a bit to reset it. Not as good as some models reading burned disks but okay. Price was cheap enough

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

2 months and broke


Toshiba used to be the ticket but now it's not.

Decent unit when it worked

poor quality, broke in 2 months

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: dclocke (

Bad DVD player


Looks nice. Low price

Broke two weeks after I got it. Doesn't play DVDs anymore, and I don't have the original packaging to return it (threw it out after I tested it the first time)

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

worst elextronic purchase I have made


I used to trust Toshiba but the last several items have me severely questioning the bran, and I am checking out other Brans more closely


slowly stopped playing movies afyer a very short time...numerous stoppages and skips even after cleaning. when yo push the open/eject button, 9 out of 10 times the door opens one inch and then actually have to grab the door and hit open...

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: New York Strike (

Don't buy it



I bought this DVD player two weeks ago now it stopped wroking. I doesn't recognize any type of disk,no matter music CD,Video CD or DVD.It just says "bad disk" what ever disk I put into it

Dec, 2005

Consumer review by: USAFDON (

Excellent DVD Player


Ordered the DVD Unit on 11/22/05 and received it on 11/23/05. I've played 6 DVD's so far, and all were flawless. Unit is really compact and buttons/controls all logically and conveniently laid out. The Remote is also logical, of good quality and easy...

Nov, 2005

Consumer review by: my10centsworth (

Toshiba SD3980 DVD


Looked nice out the box

Has what seems to be a firmware defect.

Apr, 2007

Consumer review by: limegingery (

Great...while it lasted


clear pic, slim and unobtrusive, nice looking, easy to use

starts acting erratic after 6 months, freezes, and gives weird error msgs

Oct, 2006

Product Specifications

Toshiba SD-3980, designed for the style conscious consumer stands out due to its super slim chassis - only 42 mm. It features Digital Cinema Progressive Scan (3/2 Pulldown), ColorStream Pro component video outputs, multi-disc compatibility, MP3 and WMA playback and a JPEG viewer so users can view their digital images on TV.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Surround Sound Effects:Virtual Surround Mode

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / Video CD
Search Speed:100x / 2x / 30x / 8x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / PCM / WMA
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

Picture Zoom: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Toshiba SD