If you have kids who like to get rowdy during long car rides ("Are we there yet?"), you may already be aware of the value of portable DVDs players. Even if you don't have kids, portable DVD players are a great product for anyone who travels and wants to bring his or her favorite movies along for the ride.
Portable DVD players are exactly what their name suggests – they are small (about the size of a textbook) devices that include a video screen and a slot for playing DVDs. They are usually battery-powered, although some can be plugged in to a wall outlet using a standard power cord. Most portable DVD players have a port for headphones, which allows one or two people to listen to the DVD without disturbing those around them.
If you take a lot of flights or commute to work on the bus or train, a portable DVD player may be just what you need to pass the time. Wouldn't it be great to watch movies or TV shows instead of being bored?
In addition to playing DVDs, most portable DVDs players can also serve as CD players. They don't usually have great speakers, but some of the top-end portable DVD players have a feature called virtual surround sound that is quite pleasing to the ear.
There are a number of different companies that manufacture portable DVD player. Some offer expensive, high-end DVD players while others focus on making cheap portable DVD players. Some of our favorite brands include:
High-end portable DVD players usually cost between $250 and $400. For this price, you can expect to get a long battery life, a big, vibrant screen and the comfort of owning a trusted name. Value brands, such as Audiovox and Mintek are cheaper, often as low as $100, but they are less reliable products.
We recommend doing some comparison shopping online before you make a purchase. Have a look around at several electronics retailers' websites and take note of any sales or special prices. There are many great deals to be found and there's no sense spending more money than you have to.