10 Best Portable DVD Players in 2020 – Reviews

For the price, this portable DVD player really can’t be beaten. It has a 9.5-inch screen that swivels up to 360-degrees, so the user is always assured of a great viewing angle. It also has an upgraded lithium-ion battery that provides up to 5-hours of runtime and is capable of supporting just about any DVD or CD format. Since this player isn’t region-locked, it’s capable of playing DVDs from any of the world’s 6 regions. Other features found on this innovative and affordable player includes a USB port for playing movies from 32Gb SD cards, high-quality built-in speakers, a resume function and a headphone jack.

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Portable DVD Player Buying Guide

Which portable DVD player should I buy? That’s a question that’s commonly asked by people looking for a way to play their favorite DVDs while they’re traveling. And it’s a question that’s really worth pondering. Although these devices may all look similar to each other, there are some pretty dramatic differences between different models. Therefore, it’s important to think about your options before you purchase your next portable DVD player.

Before you can begin weighing the pros and cons of various players, however, you are going to have to know specifically what you’re looking for in a player. To help our readers out in this regard, we’ve come up with some of the options that the user should consider when buying a new portable DVD player.

DVD Region

One of the most important things to consider before buying a new portable DVD player is if it is going to play the DVDs in your region. Established by the entertainment industry, the Regional Coding System was designed to keep DVDs from one region from playing in another region. For example, if you have a DVD from Region 3—which is parts of Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Hong Kong—then it wouldn’t play on a DVD player encoded to play DVDs from Region 1—which happens to be the U.S., Canada, and U.S Territories. So, it’s important to make sure that you purchase a player that encoded to play the DVDs in your area. Fortunately, that isn’t the only option available to you, however. That’s because there are new portable players that are capable of playing DVDs from every region. If you travel quite a lot and need to play DVDs from different regions, then this may be the way to go.

Multiple Formats

If you only need to play DVDs, then you aren’t going to have to worry too much about the formats that the disc plays. However, if you need to also play CDs, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW or other formats of discs, then you are going to make sure that the player you’re considering on buying is up to the task.

Foldable Design

The next feature you’ll want to consider is whether or not the DVD player folds up. Having a model that folds up not only allows it to be easily packed into an overnight bag or a suitcase but also means that more than likely it can be placed into a suitable case and attached to the back of a headrest so the screen can be watched by anyone sitting in the backseat. Fortunately, just about every portable model has this feature, so it isn’t that hard to find.

Screen Size

Screen size is also an important thing to consider. These players come with screens that are anywhere from 7.5-inches in size, all the way up to 14-inches in size. Obviously, the larger the screen is on the unit, the bulkier it will be to carry, so carefully weight the size screen you want with how portable you need it to be. This will enable you to find a screen size that fits your needs.

Screen Sharing

Another popular option found on some portable players is the ability to share a screen with either a television or another portable DVD player. This makes it useful for continuing a program on your larger television screen or using two portable players as headrest monitors so that both players can simply share the same movie—which is useful if you have more than one child in the vehicle.

If you intend on buying one of these players, be sure that you know what cables you need to share the screen of the player with another device and whether the player comes with the cable in question. For example, a DVD player may connect to a TV using an AV to RCA Jack and/or it may connect to another player using an AV to AV cable. The player in question may or may not come with either of these cables or none of them, so be sure to know exactly what cables come with the device.

The Power Supply

Careful consideration should be given to the player’s power supply, too. Most units come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives approximately 4 to 5-hours of use. However, some models also can be plugged into a vehicle’s cigarette lighter as well. If you need the unit to hook up to the car’s cigarette lighter, then be sure to check to see if it comes with an appropriate cable or if you need to purchase one separately.

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