Best Portable DVD Players

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 6, 2019
Portable DVD players allow you to bring all your favorite movies and TV shows on long road trips and keep your passengers entertained for hours at a time. Read on for our top 5 picks and find the best portable DVD player for your family! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
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Supported Formats
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PROS

The design provides for a stand, which allows you to place the device on a table or any horizontal surface. Holes for wall mounting make it possible to hang the monitor on the wall without purchasing any brackets (only 2 screws are needed).

CONS

Relatively short battery life with 2 monitors turned on.

OUR VERDICT

If you often drive a long distance by car and want to buy a multimedia kit that allows passengers in the back seat to have fun, then this set of 2 monitors will definitely appeal to you. Monitors are securely attached to any form of headrests.

detailed parameters
Display

Main monitor: 10.1" (1024x600)

Second monitor: 10.1" (1024x600)

Supported Formats

Main monitor: CD/DVD, SD-cards, USB-drives

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery in main monitor (Up to 5 hours with 1 screen, up to 3 hours with 2 screens)

Car and AC adapters included

Connectivity

AV-out port for second monitor (connection cable included), "mini-jack" port for headphones

Extras

Built-in stand, holes for wall mount, straps for headrest mount, remote control included

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

The presence of the game console function providing 2 separate USB ports for connecting joysticks will help to arrange exciting battles against each other or against artificial intelligence (joysticks are purchased separately). 40 games are stored in memory.

CONS

Buttons on remote are too close to each other.

OUR VERDICT

This model with a large 15.6" screen is ideal for people who want to completely immerse themselves in watching movies: the resolution of 1366x768 pixels ensures the highest image quality, so you will not miss the slightest detail.

detailed parameters
Display

15.6" swiveling screen (1366x768)

Supported Formats

CD/DVD, SD-cards, USB-drives

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (Up to 5 hours)

Car and AC adapters included

Connectivity

AV-in port, AV-out port, "mini-jack" port for headphones, 2 separate USB-ports for gamepads (not included)

Extras

Game console feature (40 built-in games), remote control included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The built-in 5000 mAh battery allows you to use the device for 6 hours in video mode (in music mode, autonomy will be even higher). So, this is definitely enough to watch up to 4 films lasting 1.5 hours each.

CONS

Some users complain about the low volume of the built-in speakers.

OUR VERDICT

An inexpensive and at the same time functional portable DVD player that can easily play movies from various sources: DVD / CD-ROMs, USB-drives and even SD-memory cards. It also supports almost all formats available today (except for Blu-ray).

detailed parameters
Display

15.6" swiveling screen (1366x768)

Supported Formats

CD/DVD, SD-cards, USB-drives

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (Up to 6 hours)

Car and AC adapters included

Connectivity

AV-in port, AV-out port, "mini-jack" port for headphones, separate USB-port for gamepad (not included)

Extras

Game console feature (~50 built-in games), remote control included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

AV-out port will be very useful in case you want to connect the device to a large TV and use it as a regular DVD player. A convenient remote control in the kit allows you to fully control the player from a distance.

CONS

Small viewing angles on the screen.

OUR VERDICT

If you have a collection of films on DVDs, but most of them have small scratches and scuffs, then this player will still be able to play them without problems - this is achieved due to the advanced laser design, anti-shock protection and pre-reading technology.

detailed parameters
Display

10.1" swiveling screen (1024x600)

Supported Formats

CD/DVD, SD-cards, USB-drives

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (Up to 5 hours)

Car and AC adapters included

Connectivity

AV-in port, AV-out port, "mini-jack" port for headphones

Extras

Remote control included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Loud built-in speakers provide good sound reproduction even in noisy places, so you can clearly hear the dialogue of the characters and enjoy the sound effects. Thanks to the Mini-jack port, you can connect headphones and external speakers.

CONS

Device doesn't look modern due to large bezels around the screen.

OUR VERDICT

Compact dimensions and a light weight are the main advantages of this model, so you can easily place the device even in a small travel bag to pass the time on a tiring trip. At the same time, watching movies will be comfortable due to the 9.5 "screen.

detailed parameters
Display

9.5" swiveling screen (1024x600)

Supported Formats

CD/DVD, SD-cards, USB-drives

Power Source

Built-in rechargeable battery (Up to 5 hours)

Car and AC adapters included

Connectivity

AV-in port, AV-out port, "mini-jack" port for headphones, separate USB-port for gamepad (not included)

Extras

Game console feature, remote control included

Warranty

1 year

NaviSkauto Dual Screen

Dual Monitor Player

Families with children know how long road trips tend to go. The children start becoming restless after a short amount of time, and need some kind of entertainment, or they will otherwise drive their parents crazy. This, of course, is not a good thing when one of the parents is driving, and having the other one try to entertain the children somehow is not an ideal solution. What is a good solution, though, is having something that the children can watch while on the trip. Of course, if there is more than one child, you can't rely on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, as the children will most likely not want to share it.

The best solution to this kind of problem is to have a dual-screen portable DVD player. The NaviSkauto Dual Screen Portable DVD Player was made for situations like what is described above. If you often drive a long distance by car and want to buy a multimedia kit that allows passengers in the back seat to have fun, whether they be children, teenagers, or even adults, then this set of 2 monitors will definitely appeal to you. The monitors are securely attached to any form of headrests in virtually all types of vehicles, and provide separate viewing screens from the same video source, allowing multiple people to watch the same thing without having to share the screen.

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Easy to Mount

Mounting the device in a car is quite easy, but this DVD player can also be used in other places quite easily as well. The design provides for a stand, which allows you to place the device on a table or any horizontal surface. Holes for wall mounting make it possible to hang the monitor on the wall without purchasing any brackets. All you need is two screws for hanging the device on, and you are all set. There are plenty of options of where to place the video playback screens, even if space is limited.

The DVD player functionality is certainly not lacking here. You have all of the same controls as you do with a standard DVD player, and it even includes the option to continue playback of a DVD that you previously stopped. The remote lets you control this functionality from anywhere near the device, even from the driver's seat if installed in a car. In addition to DVD playback, this player supports USB flash drives and SD cards with playback for most popular video formats, so you aren't simply limited to playing from DVDs.

All in all, this dual-screen portable DVD player for car trips will be the best road trip companion for any families with multiple children, keeping everyone entertained throughout even the longest journeys.

NaviSkauto Dual Screen Portable DVD Player in the use

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WONNIE 8541719431

Built-in Gaming

Having a portable DVD player can be a lifesaver during long road trips, but sometimes just watching something isn't enough to provide full entertainment. Most people have a collection of movies that they have already watched many times before, and watching one again even on a long road trip won't help with getting rid of boredom. Being able to play games, on the other hand, can go a long way towards turning such road trips from being a long boring trek to one that is exciting and fun. Even better is if there is a large collection of games to choose from, so that you don't get bored just playing the same game over and over again.

The WONNIE 8541719431 Large Portable DVD/CD Player is a great portable media player for those who also like playing games. The presence of the game console function providing 2 separate USB ports for connecting joysticks will help to arrange exciting battles against your friends or siblings, or even just single player gaming. 40 games are built-in to the player, so you already have a sizable library of games to choose from.  Just keep in mind that game controllers should be purchased separately, and you will have a huge selection of fun and exciting games available at your fingertips.

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Large Screen Playback

This model with a large 15.6" screen is ideal for people who want to completely immerse themselves in watching movies: the resolution of 1366x768 pixels ensures the highest image quality, so you will not miss even the slightest details in whatever videos you are watching. This means that all media, ranging from DVDs to video files, can be played back in full resolution, giving you exceptional picture quality without any loss of detail.

Speaking of the media playback, this portable DVD player is not lacking in options. In addition to supporting region-free playback of DVD titles, this player also supports video files in many popular video formats, which can be played on this device through either a USB flash drive or SD card. This lets you have a complete library of movies available to watch. The device includes dual built-in 2800mAh rechargeable batteries, with playback lasting for up to 5 hours on a full charge. If the batteries are low, the device also comes with both an AC adapter and car charger for recharging the device.

With these as well as many other great features, this high definition portable DVD player will give you and your family and friends hours of entertainment, whether you are at home or on a long road trip.

WONNIE 8541719431 Large Portable DVD/CD Player in the use

 

COOAU CU-121

Long Battery Life

Having a portable DVD player in a car or elsewhere can often only be useful for as long as the battery lasts. Although most of these devices will often include a car charger, it isn't always practical to use one, especially if it is being used to charge or power another device, such as a GPS navigator or smartphone. This means that the portable DVD player will have to rely on the built-in battery, which can be a problem as many of these devices don't have the best battery power. This can greatly limit the usefulness of the device.

The COOAU CU-121 Portable DVD Player gives itself a leg up over the competition by providing a high capacity battery with long life. The built-in 5000 mAh battery allows you to use the device for 6 hours in video mode, providing enough power to watch up to 4 films lasting 1.5 hours each. In addition, this device also supports music playback, which can last longer on battery power as it doesn't need to use as much power as video playback requires, giving you a device that can provide full entertainment on even the longest road trips. Should you need to charge up the device, it can be easily done through either the wall charger or car charger, both of which are included in the package.

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Multiple Entertainment Options

This device from COOAU is an inexpensive and at the same time functional portable DVD player that can easily play movies from various sources: DVD / CD-ROMs, USB-drives and even SD-memory cards. It also supports almost all formats available today (except for Blu-ray), giving you an extraordinary choice of video formats and platforms to use. You can also play music either from CD or from digital media formats such as MP3 and WMA, among others, so you are covered no matter which type of media you want to play.

As for the screen of this device, it has a diameter of 15.6 inches, giving you a large screen that can reproduce plenty of detail from whichever video format you are using for playback. The screen can also be rotated around, letting you fold the device at different angles to provide a stable mounting point if you need to angle the screen. The speakers, however, may not be very loud, which can definitely be a problem if used in a car, but the device supports headphones through the included headphone jack. You can also output the video to a larger television through the AV output, if you are using the device at home as a standard DVD player. All told, this portable video player will give you virtually unlimited plackback options with a long battery life.

COOAU CU-121 Portable DVD Player in the use

 

DBPOWER MK101

Flexible in Use

How many DVD players does one family really need? The answer to this question, of course, will depend on the family, how large it is, and how many people often use a DVD player. In today's age, DVD players are starting to be in fewer and fewer homes, yet there are still plenty of people who have built up sizable DVD collections over the years, and they're not ready to let go of that collection just because newer and better video formats are available. For many people, DVDs still work just fine, yet having more than one DVD player is a bit excessive, with many people getting rid of their additional devices in order to reduce clutter.

If you are one of those who wants to go down to just one DVD player, then the best solution for this is the DBPOWER MK101 Portable DVD Player. In addition to its portability, this device can be quite useful as the main DVD player in any home. The AV-out port will be very useful in case you want to connect the device to a large TV and use it as a regular DVD player, while its portability makes it perfect for travel. A convenient remote control included in the kit allows you to fully control the player from a distance, which you can use either while at home or while traveling. In short, this device gives you the best of both worlds.

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Plays Any DVD

WIth this portable DVD player, you don't have to worry about any of your DVDs not being compatible with it. For one, this player is region-free, meaning that DVDs that were purchased anywhere in the world should work fine on it without them being locked out. In addition, if you have a collection of films on DVDs, but most of them have small scratches and scuffs, then this player will still be able to play them without problems - this is achieved due to the advanced laser design, anti-shock protection and pre-reading technology. If these DVDs no longer work on your DVD player, chances are they should still work fine on this device.

This portable DVD player includes a 10-inch screen that doesn't have the best viewing angles in comparison to many other models, but the ability to swivel the screen to match your own viewing angle makes this a non-issue. The screen can also be rotated 270 degrees, letting you use it either with the base as the bottom, or in a partially folded manner if you are short on space. The built-in 2500 mAh battery gives you plenty of playback time, often lasting up to 5 hours. If you are looking for a great portable DVD player that can also double as your regular home player, then this device will fill both roles quite nicely.

DBPOWER MK101 Portable DVD Player in the use

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ieGeek 8541719601

Loud Enough For the Noisiest Cars

Although portable DVD players can be great devices to have installed in your car, especially for long road trips, there is one common problem that almost every one of them has. Most portable DVD players are plagued with rather weak speakers, which is quite problematic when more than one person is trying to watch a film, and the audio can be a struggle to hear even with regular road noise. Traveling along a busy highway or over a bumpy road can only add to the issue, with the audio from many of these models simply not being loud enough to hear over the background noise.

The ieGeek 8541719601 Portable DVD Player fixes this problem by giving you speakers that are powerful enough to hear even while on the noisiest car trips. These loud built-in speakers provide good sound reproduction even in noisy places, so you can clearly hear the dialogue of the characters and enjoy the sound effects, adding to the overall enjoyability of the film. Thanks to the Mini-jack port, you can connect headphones and external speakers to help aid in hearing, giving you the ability to easily use this not only in the car, but even in other places as well where more than one person will be watching whatever film is playing.

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Compact and Portable

Compact dimensions and a light weight are the main advantages of this model, so you can easily place the device even in a small travel bag to pass the time on a tiring trip. At the same time, watching movies will be comfortable due to the 9.5-inch screen, which should be large enough to allow more than one person to enjoy whatever movie is being played with full quality image reproduction. The screen can also be angled in any manner you want thanks to its swivel function. Although the large bezels around the screen make the device look a bit less than modern, don't let this fool you; this device has all of the latest DVD and media playback technology included.

Along the lines of media playback, you aren't limited to just watching DVDs on this device. You can also watch movies and videos in most popular digital formats by putting them on an SD card or USB flash drive, letting you carry your whole library of movies in your pocket. The 2500 mAh rechargeable battery can give you up to 5 hours of total playback time on a full charge, and it can easily be charged through either the included wall charger or car charger, letting you charge it no matter where you are. Best of all, though, is that this extremely durable personal DVD player is available at a budget price, letting you save money while having one of the best travel companions possible.

ieGeek 8541719601 Portable DVD Player in the use

 

What Is a Portable DVD Player?

You can find a vast array of portable gadgets on the market today that have become a part of our everyday life. A DVD player is among them as well. This small but extremely useful device can stream any entertainment content from DVD discs and other digital collections and keep people amused when they need to while away some time. Some of the players can pick up a TV signal, this way becoming a real TV-set on the road, whereas others will have the ability to play digital audio and video files from various types of media, including from CD/DVD, USB flash drives, and SD cards. Almost any of the models you will find will give you plenty of entertainment options, with the ability to play video content of virtually any type for hours through their built-in batteries. In this review, we've given you a comprehensive comparison of the best portable DVD player models available on sale for you to choose the one you need.

If you need a device specifically for TV/DVD playback in a car, we recommend reading our portable TVs and car DVD players reviews.

What Features to Compare

Screen

Your comfort fully depends on screen characteristics so make sure that you pick the right one. The average screen size for 1-2 people use measures 9-12" diagonal, but you can find a bigger screen if you want to have a more detailed picture before you or you mean to attach it to a headrest for other people's use. Consider the resolution, for it directly affects how clear the streamed content will be. Most modern portable DVD players now support Full HD. To be able to watch large-format movies with maximum comfort and minimum picture distortion, it's important to make sure that the chosen DVD player has a 16:9 display ratio where for streaming the content from TV 4:3 would be more than enough. Picture brightness, contrast and field of view are mainly predetermined by the panel used in DVD player. TFT thin-film transistor is most popular today and widely used in DVD player production.

Interface and Compatibility

Another important characteristic to be considered is the ability to read and play different formats and storage devices. It is understood that the more formats portable DVD player supports, the more playback capabilities it provides. A good player should always be compatible with such disc formats as DVD±R/RW, CD-R/RW, and also support MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats; playing files in MPEG-4 and DivX is a plus. Some advanced models can boast of Blu-Ray media playback, but of course, they are more expensive. Actual models can be easily connected to a TV or AV receiver via HDMI or analog component/composite connector. In addition, most portable DVD players have a USB port and card reader to playback files from external data storage devices. Some players are equipped with IR transmitter for wireless connection to earphones, headset, etc. Also, some models have a built-in TV/FM tuner that allows watching TV programs and listen to radio almost anywhere, plus some manufacturers equip their models with games to make journeys more fun for their owners.

Convenience and Power Source

In most cases, portable DVD players have a swivel screen that can rotate all round 180 degrees for optimum field of view. It would be great if a player is packed with a case/bag for convenient transportation. Some models may have a bracket to be placed on a car headrest, which is also very handy. If you plan to use DVD player on the road all the time, pay attention to its size and weight. A player can be controlled via a remote control or control buttons. Also, take into consideration a built-in battery capacity. Some models can provide battery life up to 5 hours.

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2. Jason Hidalgo Before You Buy a Portable DVD Player, about tech. February 23, 2016.

3. Buying Guide: Portable DVD Player, Harvey Norman.

4. Jamie Page Deaton Is it more affordable to have a portable DVD player in your car or have the dealer install one? HowStuffWorks.

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