Haven’t portable DVD players come a long way quickly. These handy little pieces of technology are a great way to keep the kids occupied on trips, are very cheap and portable.
They are also a very cheap alternative to using a laptop computer for multimedia purposes thus saving having to carry one around on trip and such. As you can probably tell, I love them. There is a huge range of units available at sites like myportabledvd.com with an excellent choice of options including Dual screen, Clamshell design, flat pad design; they can play CD’s, DVD and other video formats. There are many models available with extended battery life. Gee, there are even Blu-Ray units available ( The one to get if you’re looking at this range is the Panasonic DMP-B15. But that’s still a little expensive at the moment). I have been doing some homework on the subject and have found some cheap portable DVD players with different features in different price ranges that I believe are the best on the market at the moment.
Which screen size to choose
If your looking at a good sized screen for the kids to watch a movie in the back of a car then the Audiovox D8000IP which has an 8″ screen and is a great little player with a great price. But I would recommend if you can afford a 9″ or 10″ model to go for that. The screen size is better for overall viewing, and usually, the quality of the units and warranties are better. The Sony DVP-FX930/P 9″ and the Audiovox D2016 10″ models are excellent well-priced units that will never let you down.
Dual-screen Portable DVDs Players are good for the children whereby two of the young darlings can watch Dora The Explorer on their screen. Currently Coby brand has best priced dual screen models on the market especially the 7″ screen models with excellent playback quality.
Best player for design
Personally the best player for design, quality and purpose is the single screen Panasonic DVD-LS86 8.5″ and the Panasonic DVD-LS90 9″.These are widescreen shows with turning screens for free-form seeing so you can enhance the position for ideal comfort and picture quality. You can likewise modify the display shine to get the best perspective of your DVDs in a wide range of light conditions. This unit is excellent value and supports all formats including DVD and CD variants. They are also leaders in battery life for viewing movies, an essential feature for portability.
There are even Portable DVD Players with a hard drive option.
These are great in that you don’t need to be carrying around heaps of DVD’s you just copy them onto the hard disk and watch them when you want. The only drawback is as with the Blu-Ray units they are still expensive and in a way that defeats one of the primary purposes of getting a portable DVD Player. As with all of these units mentioned the quality of build, reliability, and warranty are excellent.
So if you’re looking around for a cheap way to entertain the kids on road trips and save carrying around brag books with family photos and watching a movie in bed instead of reading a book buy yourself a portable DVD Player they’re cheap, and you will be using them all the time.