Three portable DVD players
Long flights and extended car rides can be dull, especially for kids, but with the advent of portable DVD players, they no longer have to be. Now you can pop in a movie, kick back, relax, and you'll be at your destination before you know it.
But before you get to that part, you have to find the right model for you. Here's a short guide to walk you through all the most important factors to think about when shopping for a portable DVD player.
Considerations when choosing portable DVD players
There are a few features that can make or break a portable DVD player, including the following:
Screen size: You won't enjoy the movie very much if you choose a DVD player with a screen that's too small to see. On the other hand, if you choose a large screen, you must now haul this larger, heavier device with you. Some large portable DVD players can be as big as a laptop. Most have a nine- to ten-inch screen, which should be plenty big enough to take on trips.
Sound/picture quality: You also have to consider the audio and video quality. You don't need a unit with HD video and crystal-clear sound, but both can enhance the movie-watching experience. Decide how important this is to you and then read through customer reviews to see how the model you're interested in stacks up against the competition.
Battery life: A good DVD player should last for several hours on a single charge. It should also come with multiple charging cables so you can recharge it at home or in the car.
Portable DVD player features
These features aren't as crucial, but you might want to look for them in your portable DVD player:
Dual screen: You can watch the same movie on two screens at once or a different movie on each at the same time.
Media compatibility: A portable DVD player plays DVDs, obviously, but some also play CDs and accept SD cards, among other formats.
WiFi connectivity: Some portable DVD players can be connected to a WiFi network for streaming video.
Swivel screen: This enables you to fold the DVD player flat so it resembles a tablet. This is ideal if you plan on mounting it to the back of a car headrest.
Accessories: Some portable DVD players come with extras like a remote, carrying case, or car headrest mount.
Q. Can I stream video to my portable DVD player?
A. You might be able to if your DVD player is WiFi compatible. If it is, you can connect the DVD player to a WiFi network and stream video directly from your phone or computer to the device.
Q. How long will my portable DVD player take to charge? How long does one charge last?
A. This varies depending on the unit, but most take anywhere from three to six hours to charge. Most can hold a charge for at least five hours, on average, but various factors can affect this.
Portable DVD players we recommend
Best of the best: NAVISKAUTO 14" HD Portable DVD Player
Our take: If you want to invest in a high-quality portable DVD player with superior picture and sound, this is the unit for you.
What we like: This portable DVD player is known for its vivid HD picture, crisp sound, and long battery life that can last up to five hours on a single charge. It comes with a swivel screen, carrying case, remote, and a wall and car charger.
What we dislike: This portable DVD player is costly, so it's not the best choice for consumers on a budget.
Best bang for your buck: DBPOWER 9.5" Portable DVD Player
Our take: This versatile device functions as a DVD player, CD player, and portable gaming system all in one.
What we like: The video quality is impressive, especially for a device in this price range, and the DVD player can support a variety of multimedia formats. Gamers will appreciate the included USB controller.
What we dislike: Videos may occasionally skip, and the sound quality isn't as impressive as the video quality.
Choice 3: UEME 10.1" Portable DVD Player
Our take: This could be a good option if you're looking for a mid-range portable DVD player to keep yourself or your kids entertained on long car trips.
What we like: Comes with a car headrest mount for easy viewing on the road. Its controls are intuitive, and there's also a remote control so you can play, pause, or adjust the settings from a distance.
What we dislike: Some find the remote to be complicated to use, and it doesn't include an on/off button.
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