Is there still a place for portable DVD players in the world of Netflix, Youtube, and live streaming? We think there is! After all, you still have an excellent collection of DVDs and you won’t have wifi access everywhere you go. Portable DVD players are excellent for taking away on vacation and business trips, for keeping the kids busy, and for a lot of other times when your tablet, phone or laptop are not convenient.
Plus, the technology has come a long way since DVD players first hit the market and you’ll be amazed at the things these little gadgets can do! Today, we count down ten of the best portable DVD players on the current market. Read on to find out which is best and why:
This portable entertainment system is great for people looking for a little more than just a DVD player. It is able to play DVDs, DVD-R and DVD-RW as well as CDs. It also features USB, SD cards, and VGA ports and is compatible with MP4, MP3, JPEG, AVI and VCD formats as well as a number of others. Plus, you can plug your phone, tablet or iPod into the 3.5mil Aux in jack or connect a computer or game console using the VGA. The only thing missing is an HDMI input. However, the 14-inch screen has high resolution and is a good size for viewing most content. The battery life is pretty good, too – about two hours of wire-free entertainment from a full charge of the lithium-ion battery. It also comes with a wireless remote control. This one has to be one of the best portable dvd players you can buy, without spending hundreds. In addition, a one year warranty on parts and service is included.
#2 Audiovox DS2058:
This player is ideal for entertaining the kids on long car trips! Audiovox’s light and portable DVD players have simple yet high-quality features, including a 7-inch screen with 16.9 aspect ration for full-screen viewing, and a 270-degree swivel screen. The rechargeable Li-polymer battery allows for up to two hours of use and it can be recharged using your car’s cigarette lighter. It also comes with full headphones instead of earbuds and has a bracket to attach to the car’s headrest to take the boredom out of hours in the back seat.
#3 Ematic EPD105:
These sleek and stylish DVD player are perfect for anyone who’s often on the move. The red and black design with matching full headphones really make a statement. But it’s not all about looks! It also has a generous 10-inch LCD screen yet is lighter than most electronics of similar size and offers high-resolution picture and good sound quality (although some reviewers report that it’s not as loud as they’d like). The screen can tilt and swivel up to 180 degrees so you can position it however you like and the lithium polymer battery has a life of up to two hours. A vehicle mounting system is included to allow for backseat entertainment.
#4 Sylvania SDVD1048:
The Sylvania player is a good choice for people who spend time away from home in hotel rooms or want something to entertain the kids. This portable DVD player features a 9 inch LCD screen and can support DVD, DVD-R, CD-R, MP3, JPEG and WMA content. It has a screen resolution of 800 x 480 and a powerful lithium ion battery which reviewers say can last for up to four hours. Reviewers also comment that it is good for multiple viewers because you don’t have to watch straight on to avoid screen distortion. It is better suited to use when you’re away from home often and need something to entertain you than for using in cars because it does not have the headrest mount or a cigarette lighter charger.
#5 Craig Electronics CTFT713:
Craig Electronics CTFT713
This model can be purchased for less than half the cost of some of the other models we’ve reviewed and is ideal for someone who wants a quality product on a budget. It features a 9-inch swivel screen and USB and SD card capability as well as playing DVDs and CDs. It has built-in stereo sound and also comes with ear-bud headphones. A 90-day manufacturer’s warranty is included with this product.
#6 Insignia NS-P9DVD15:
The Insignia portable DVD player is tough and serviceable and even comes with a handy storage bag for when you want to take it on the road with you. It does not have all of the fancy features of some other models but is practical and versatile if you just want something to play DVDs and CDs on. It comes with both AC and DC adaptors so it’s ideal for both home and travel use and reviewers say that the 9-inch swivel screen has a quality picture and good sound. A number of buyers have also commented that the battery lasts 3 – 4 hours when fully charged, much longer than other models on the market.
#7 GPX PD951B:
This player offers a versatile entertainment experience and can be used both at home and on the road. It has a 9-inch widescreen LCD display and a swivel screen that can fold down for a convenient tablet. It comes with both an AC/DC power adaptor for home use and a 12-volt car charger for when you’re on the run. As well as playing DVDs and CDs, it supports all the major file formats including MP3, MP4, and JPEG. Content can be read from USB and SD cards as well as discs. It is built in speakers but also has audio inputs and outputs so that you can listen with headphones or connect an external speaker.
#8 DBPOWER 10.5-Inch Portable DVD Player:
This player is an affordable option for families who spend a lot of time on the road. Even though it has a slightly larger 10 and a half inch screen, it is lightweight has a 270-degree swivel and 180-degree flip design for viewing convenience. It plays both CDs and DVDs and supports all major file formats. Unlike some models (even those from leading brands) it will play DVDs from all zones. But, the real point of difference for this player is that it comes with a bonus game DVD and gaming joystick in case the kids get bored of watching movies in the backseat and want something a little difference – it’s like an airplane experience in the back of the car!
#9 Philips PD9000/37:
The best thing about this portable DVD player is that it has the longest battery life of any of the models we’ve reviewed – up to 5 hours entertainment from the built-in lithium-ion! It has a swivel screen so that you can get the angle right if you’re watching with friends and comes with ear buds for when you’re using it for personal entertainment. It even has clever DivX support so that you can watch encoded content that can be hard to access with other machines. This player comes with a twelve-month warranty on parts and service, so you’ll have a bit more peace of mind when you purchase. Overall, it’s a versatile machine with modern functions for a wide range of entertainment on the go.
#10 Naxa NPD-1003:
This unit is proving a favorite among busy families because it is lightweight, compact and versatile. It features a 10-inch swivel screen with high resolution and can play both DVD and USB, SD and MMC content in all major file formats. It comes with both an AC power adaptor and a 12-volt car charger so you can use it at home or on the run. Reviewers frequently say that they like it because it’s a simple, serviceable and affordable product which does exactly what it says it will without the need for expensive bells, whistles, and gimmicks.
As you can see, there are a lot of really great portable DVD players on the market. When it comes to choosing the right one for you, it all comes down to the features you want. Do you need a player that does more than just play DVDs? Is a mounting system for the backseat important? Will you be using it mostly with headphones or do you want something with high-quality stereo sound? Is price a factor? Our best advice is to take your time to look at all the specs of each model and read a few reviews so that, whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.
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For other entertainment options in your car, we have others buyers guides such as ones for satellite radios, and even aftermarket head units. or if you want the best cinematic experience check out or best car speakers of 2018. Keep in mind that if you’re using a portable dvd player in your car, an LCD head unit that is compatible with an sd card or a usb is a good alternative.