Best Portable TVs

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 4, 2019
Having a picnic in the park or wasting time in a traffic jam? A Portable TV will provide you with entertainment in such situations. Our Portable TV review will help you pick the right model. Go ahead and read it now! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display Technology
Connection Options
Supported Formats
Tuner
Antenna
Power Options
Package
Warranty
 
PROS
SuperSonic TV-set includes an automatic tuning system with 90 preset stations. Besides, the unit has a built-in antenna, ensuring convenience when used outside the car.
CONS
Built-in battery does not hold the charge long enough.
OUR VERDICT
A good portable TV with a decent screen size, perfect reception of both analog and digital signals. Besides, it is distinguished by the easy channel setting.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
9"
Display Resolution
640 x 234 pixels
Display Technology
TFT LCD
Connection Options

USB port, SD/MMC card reader, 2 x AV input jacks, Earphone jack, Component port, Audio/Video/Audio headphones port

Supported Formats
AVI, MP3, JPEG
Tuner

DTV + ATV

Antenna
Rotary rod antenna
Power Options

12V car adaptor, Built-in rechargeable battery

Package

AC adaptor, Remote control, TV stand, Instruction manual

Warranty
90 days
PROS
This immaculate TV-set features the highest resolution among competitive model. It comes equipped with a special built-in DVD-player reproducing various content from optical carriers.
CONS
To watch broadcast TV you will have to buy antenna separately.
OUR VERDICT
Owing to its screen size and premium-quality picture, this outstanding multi-purpose unit is suitable both for on-the-road and domestic use.
detailed parameters
Screen Size

13 " (Also available: 7 ", 9 ", 15 ", 16 ", 19 ", 22 ", 24 ", 32 ", 40 ")

Display Resolution
1366 х 768 pixels
Display Technology
LED
Connection Options

HDMI port, USB port, Card reader, VGA, 3.5mm jack, RF jack, CVBS input, PC audio jack, Coaxial output jack

Supported Formats
MPEG 1/2, AVI, WMA, MP3, JPEG, CD/DVD
Tuner

DTV + ATV

Antenna
No
Power Options
AC power supply, 12V car adaptor
Package
Remote control, TV stand, 12-V adaptor
Warranty
1 year
PROS

The 3200 mah battery guarantees up to 5 hours of autonomous operation.

CONS

The speakers aren't the loudest.

OUR VERDICT

This model works for a while on its battery alone, supports formats both popular and obscure, and has interfaces to connect to a variety of other gadgets. If you want quality with no compromises and a reasonable price, this is a great find.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

10.1" (Also available: 7", 12", 14")

Display Resolution

1024 x 600 pixels

Display Technology

TFT LED

Connection Options

RF jack, VGA, AV input, AV output, Earphones jack, HDMI port, USB port

Supported Formats

JPEG, MP3, MP4, MPEG, WAV, VOB, RMVB, AVI, MKV, M4V

Tuner

DTV + ATV

Antenna

External antenna (included)

Power Options

AC power supply, 12V car adaptor, Built-in rechargeable battery

Package

Remote control, TV stand, RCA cables

Warranty

1 year

PROS
Pyle TV-set is fitted with a pre-installed DOLBY decoder for MPEG-4 support along with the option of electronic shock resistance. And the fold-out stand resembles a picture frame.
CONS
Compatibility with MP4 format is under question.
OUR VERDICT
A worthy unit to be used as a portable car TV. A distinctive benefit of this model is compatibility with three power supply sources adding to its versatility and usability.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
9"
Display Resolution

480 x 234 pixels

Display Technology
TFT LCD
Connection Options

USB port, AV input, SD card slot

Supported Formats
MP3, MP4, WMA, AVI, JPEG, DivX
Tuner

ATV

Antenna
Built-in antenna
Power Options
AC power supply, Car power supply, Built-in battery (up to 2 hours)
Package
Headrest mounting bag, 12V cigarette lighter plug, AC adaptor, Fold-out picture frame stand
Warranty
1 year
PROS

The VGA and HDMI ports allow for using this device as a computer screen.

CONS

Lacks a TV tuner.

OUR VERDICT

Though it can't pick up TV channels, this small gadget from Podofo offers compatibility with dashcams, audio and video playback, and a very appealing price. Drivers who want a bit of entertainment for their vehicle should look out for this budget model.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

10.1"

Display Resolution

1024 x 600 pixels

Display Technology

TFT LCD

Connection Options

HDMI port, VGA, AV input, CVBS input, USB port

Supported Formats

JPEG, MP3, MP4, MPEG, AVI

Tuner

N/A

Antenna

No

Power Options

AC power supply

Package

Remote control, TV stand, VGA cable, BNC cable

Warranty

1 year

Supersonic SC499 9 LCD Portable Digital

Image Quality

The SuperSonic SC499 small TV has a 9'' screen. So, it is very convenient and at the same time compact enough. The screen resolution of 640 x 234 pixels is sufficient to provide a clear image for watching your favorite movies, TV shows, series, or cartoons. The screen is based on a TFT panel that boasts a short response time, high contrast, and excellent color rendering. The display also has a built-in LED backlighting.

Review of Supersonic SC499 9 LCD Portable Digital TV

Connection Options

Connection options of this model feature a USB port to read AVI, MP3 and JPEG files from flash drives. At the same time, there is an SD/MMC card reader for opening files stored on memory cards. Among the other useful inputs and outputs of this TV, we should mention the following: 2 AV input jacks and a headphone jack. Additionally, the SuperSonic SC 499 has a built-in PAL-ATSC-NTSC combination tuner, so, you can watch both digital and analog channels on this TV. The tuner also has an automatic tuning system with 90 preset stations.

Supersonic SC499 9 LCD Portable Digital TV in the use

Power and Sound

The main power source for this model is a car socket to which this portable TV is connected by means of a 12V car DC adapter. In case you are not in the car, there is one more simple way to power your device - a Lithium rechargeable battery. The SuperSonic SC499 9 LCD has built-in speakers that give this tiny gadget quite a high-quality sound. At the same time, if necessary, you can connect low power external speakers by means of AV input jacks and enjoy even better sound.

Detailed review of Supersonic SC499 9 LCD Portable Digital TV

Package

The package of the SuperSonic SC499 portable TV includes two adapters: an AC adapter for indoor use (for example, if you want to mount your mini TV in the kitchen or bedroom) and a 12 V DC adapter (to be used in the car when going on a long trip). For your comfort, this small TV features a functional remote control for easy operation and TV setting as well as a TV stand for convenient placement of the device on a smooth surface anywhere. The instruction manual is also included allowing you to figure quickly how to set the TV up.

Supersonic SC499 9 LCD Portable Digital TV application

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Great screen size for a portable tv. Strongly recommend it.

Audio

Great product and good audio for such small speakers too!

Interfaces

The tv works really well with a roof top antenna with a signal booster good sound and a clear picture nice color.

Supported Formats

Excellent TV, Plays well, easy to navigate.

Power

Plugging in the TV with its wall-wart 12 volt supply and switching it on is the easy part.
 

Axess LED HDTV Includes AC/DC TV

The Best-ever Image

One of the main benefits distinguishing Axess among other models is its relatively large screen; a 13" screen allows for comfortable viewing not only in a car but also, well, anywhere. However, this isn't the only advantage of this model. In addition to the size, this TV can offer a sharp viewing experience due to 1366x768-pixel resolution, enough to view the image in high detail without experiencing blurs or distortions. What is also great about this model is that it has a LED backlighting which not only makes the TV look slimmer and more elegant but also helps improve color rendering and reduce power consumption. So it's easy to see that the Axess TVD1801-13 has everything necessary for enjoyable viewing including all little features a portable TV is expected to have.

Review of Axess LED HDTV Includes AC/DC TV Built-In DVD Player

Watch Your Favorite DVDs

With the Axess TVD1801-13 you can forget about any troubles related to OC playback when you are away from home. Designed with user comfrot and convenience in mind, this ingenious model features a built-in CD/DVD player. Hence, now you do not need to buy any additional devices to watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite music while you are on the road or sitting in the car and waiting for your kid from school. The player reads MPEG 1/2, AVI, WMA, MP3 and JPEG files giving you an immaculate opportunity to enjoy videos, pictures, and music recorded on DVD or CD discs. It is a smart model that will add functionality and style to your car, truck, recreation vehicle, kitchen or bedroom. You can't but enjoy it!

Axess LED HDTV Includes AC/DC TV Built-In DVD Player in the use

Interesting Facts About Manufacturer

Axess Products Corporation boasts over 70-year experience in consumer electronics and computer peripherals. The company highlights that its mission is to provide the consumers with more advanced and functional products than those available on the market. To achieve this goal Axess elaborates new unique designs implementing different innovations and ensuring first-class quality. Meanwhile, the company offers its products at a reasonable price to meet all customer expectations. Today Axcess produces a variety of electronics and accessories including TVs of a different screen size and configurations, action cameras, microphones, earphones, and sound bars. 

Detailed review of Axess LED HDTV Includes AC/DC TV Built-In DVD Player

More Products to Consider

If you need to improve the signal reception of your TV, consider purchasing a digital antenna that will amplify the signal allowing you to watch your favorite channels anywhere you are.

Axess LED HDTV Includes AC/DC TV Built-In DVD Player application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I bought this for my 90 year old tech-savvy dad. The picture is really crisp and he likes the wider screen (it sits on his bed tray table).

Audio

The speaker volume doesn't bother us as we're usually sitting near enough to hear it well.

Interfaces

Lots of inputs including HDMI, USB, Coaxial cable, and VGA.

Supported Formats

It plays my DVDs very well.

Power

This is a great 12V option for a small RV or for those utilizing 12V solar power.
 

Leadstar 10"

A Long-Lasting Companion

Thanks to the rapid advancements in technology, we no longer have to choose between going camping and connecting with nature or enjoying our favorite movies and shows on television. The issue is easily solved by a portable digital TV, though you want one that can run for a while lest it shuts off in the middle of an episode. For that, we recommend the Leadstar 10” Portable LED TV.

This model has a 3200 mah battery, enough for up to 5 hours of autonomous work. And recharging is easy via an AC power source with about 2-3 hours needed for a full recharge. If you see the battery running out and still have quite a bit of the movie to watch, you can juice up this handheld TV using a 12V car adaptor. Though you do need to make sure not to leave your car battery drained as well. We also have to admit that this kind of operation time seems to be achieved by cutting corners on the TVs audio power. The speakers are relatively weak, though watching outdoor will likely bring a bit of an echo to help carry the sound and improve the volume. Besides, you can prop up the set on the TV stand that comes with the kit to make the sound spread out a bit.

Review of Leadstar 10" Portable LED TV

No Format Left Behind

While the Leadstar Portable TV might not be as big as the flat screen in your living room, the 10” screen here offers a crystal clear image with a 1024 x 600 resolution. It’s good enough for watching movies as well as sports events without straining to see the details. Besides, unlike some stationary models, this one supports many formats including less common ones such as VOB, RMVB, and M4V. It’s an uncommon feature yet a highly useful one.

As for actually getting the files onto the device, you can use the USB port to transfer them and even stream them from another gadget via the HDMI port. In fact, if you’re really pressed for screens and want to enjoy a bit of gaming, you can connect this TV to a PS or Xbox, though that’s obviously a last resort only. Plus, you can, of course, enjoy TV broadcasts thanks to an external antenna that comes with the purchase. The signal types are DTV + ATV only, a pretty standard combo but more than enough to catch a few channels.

Leadstar 10" Portable LED TV in the use

A Well-Rounded Pick

All things considered, the Leadstar 10” Portable TV is one of the better and reasonably-priced options out there. It offers good operation time, a high-quality screen, and support for a variety of entertainment choices. Use this handheld TV with a remote control and stand to make your camping trips luxurious and filled with your favorite viewing choices.

Detailed review of Leadstar 10" Portable LED TV

 

Pyle PLMN9SU Battery Powered Monitor

Choose the Optimal Tilt

Among numerous functional benefits of this incredible TV, all users will surely appreciate unmatched mounting options available in this model. This top-rated portable monitor comes with a built-in ergonomic stand and a special headrest mount kit for convenient positioning of your monitor inside the vehicle. The built-in stand is located on the back panel and can be easily adjusted to select the optimal viewing angle for your comfort, while a special mount kit allows mounting the monitor on the front seat headrest. Hence, even the passengers, sitting on the back will have a chance to watch movies and play games on-the-go. There is also a major round stand mainly intended for domestic use. Featuring an immaculate versatility, Pyle monitor will work great in or out of your vehicle.

Review of Pyle PLMN9SU Battery Powered Monitor Card Player

Power Options

What really sets the Pyle PLMN9SU out of other portable TV models is its power options. Basically, this monitor can work with AC power source that is convenient for home use. To get an access to a variety of on-the-go entertainments, you can connect your TV to a car socket by means of a 12V cigarette lighter plug. To make your monitor really portable and enjoy movies, music, and games literally anywhere you can use a built-in high capacity 2-hour rechargeable battery avoiding the hassle with wires and additional accessories. The Pyle PLMN9SU is a real swag for everyone who spends a lot of time at the wheel or traveling.

Pyle PLMN9SU Battery Powered Monitor Card Player in the use

First Portable TV With HDD

It took a lot of time and efforts for the scientists to equip portable TVs with TV tuner and eventually we've got a number of hi-tech gadgets easily receiving TV signal almost anywhere. But only a few are aware that a manufacturer of mini TVs CLIOD exceeded all expectations and beat the odds. Along with a built-in mini display, TV tuner and expandable antenna, they managed to equip the unit with a 5GB internal hard drive that has never been done before. Unlikely as it may seem, but all these options are accommodated in a rather small 63x102x19-mm body. Yes, it is true! Hence, besides TV signal playback, the unit plays the files from the internal hard drive that can even serve as a data repository. An ingenious solution for everyday use!

Detailed review of Pyle PLMN9SU Battery Powered Monitor Card Player

More Products to Consider

By means of 10-inch Uxcell® black 3.5mm plug male to 3 RCA female adaptor audio video cable you can easily connect a DVD player, video game system or even a rear view camera to you monitor.

Pyle PLMN9SU Battery Powered Monitor Card Player application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

Good size screen and many accessories .A good picture size and clarity.

Audio

Speakers sound loud as well and image looks great.

Supported Formats

It plays some low resolution AVI files.

Interfaces

Special features about this monitor besides video input is the USB and SD card inputs.

Power

The main benefit is the built in rechargeable battery as you don't need it connected to power in order to use it. I would say continuous use you're guaranteed one hour of use. More than that and likely it'll need to be recharged.
 

Podofo PD-K0202

Not Just a Screen

Ever wanted to watch a movie while you’re on a little pit-stop during your road trip? Or even just have the benefit of a wider view when you’re backing up the car so you don’t ram into some inattentive driver? All that, and more, is available with the Podofo PD-K0202 10.1” HD Mini TV Screen.

Right away we have to point out that the “TV screen” part of the name is completely true. You can enjoy music and video on this model but it’s not a whole TV in and of itself. That would require a built-in antenna which this screen lacks. It can, however, playback the most popular audio and video formats such as MP3, MP4, MPEG, and AVI. Or, if you’re a long-haul trucker missing his family, you can use the JPEG support feature to have a picture of your loved ones displayed to soothe your heart.

In terms of video quality, this screen is certainly no slouch. With a 10.1” diagonal and a 1024 x 600 resolution, it offers a clear and large image so you can enjoy movies without squinting and straining your eyes.

Review of Podofo PD-K0202 10.1” HD Mini TV Screen

Unlimited Connectivity

We did say that the Podofo PD-K0202 is more than just a screen so let’s elaborate on that. You can use the cables that come with this model to connect it to a variety of devices. Thanks to the availability of VGA and HDMI ports, you could viably use this as a computer screen or a bigger display for your dashcam or back cam, helping on your drives. Plus, the USB port is key as well, since it gives a way to hook up storage devices to the Podofo screen and play music and movies on it.

Our one complaint would be the fact that this model doesn’t have a built-in battery and works on AC power. It’s not really a problem but having a backup power source is always nice, though that would likely give this product a substantial price bump. All things considered, it’s probably a smart compromise.

Podofo PD-K0202 10.1” HD Mini TV Screen in the use

More Than a TV

This model from Podofo is a great option for drivers that can spare the energy of their vehicle for it. It can play video and audio, serve as a dashcam, or as a way to look behind your car with a wider field of view. Though it lacks a TV tuner and thus you won’t be able to watch regular TV shows, it’s an affordable alternative to a standard portable TV and, thanks to a pretty large screen and good format compatibility, a viable option for watching movies from your USB drive or external HDD. If you want a bargain option, the Podofo PD-K0202 HD Mini is a great find that stands its ground against high-end competition pretty well.

Detailed review of Podofo PD-K0202 10.1” HD Mini TV Screen

 

What Is a Portable TV?

Today, a TV set is present in every house and almost in every room. The fast-paced technological development over the past century allows making TVs very compact and extremely portable. Cutting-edge portable TVs are now quite popular with common users, especially with car and bus drivers. There are two types of small TVs: stationary and portable. This device always makes it possible to watch your favorite TV show or sports match right in the car being at the same time convenient for long road trips and outdoor events. Thus, below we provide an overview of the best 5 portable TVs presenting their key features to be considered while making your choice.

At the same time, if you look for a device to play DVDs or CDs, we recommend you to check out our car DVD players review.

Best Portable TVs

What Features to Compare

Image Quality

First things first, consider such a parameter as image quality, namely the screen size and the image resolution. Portable TVs usually have the same screen sizes as tablets (7" to 9") so they can be easily embedded in a car. Speaking of resolution, the optimal one is 800x480 pixels. This is the standard resolution on small screens and sufficient for comfortable viewing. The next thing to pay attention to is the aspect ratio (standard and widescreen). If you are not a fan of streaming media, the ratio of 4:3 will be fine. For more detailed picture though it is better to opt for 16:9 which enables better quality of video content. Also, check out display technologies. In general, portable models use active panels like TFT which give them good brightness, high contrast, and short response time. However, it's worth pointing out that the quality of image might change at times, depending on the viewing angle, and get lighter or darker. This is a common issue for portable TVs and is to be expected.

Connection Options

Interfaces are the next parameter which is important to consider when choosing a portable TV. Interfaces that should be present on any standard TV include a USB port to playback media files stored on external memory cards and a built-in card reader for SD, MS and MMC memory cards. It's best to go for a model that can read such formats as AVI, DivX, MPEG 1/2/4, MP3, and JPEG. The availability of composite A/V inputs/outputs is also essential providing you the opportunity to connect external audio and video devices. As for TV signal reception, make sure the TV you choose has a built-in digital tuner so you can convert the signal into high-quality picture. Most any portable TVs have built-in antennas to receive a TV signal from a TV-tower or a re-transmitter (within the city or surrounding area). For anyone needing stronger signal reception capable of going out of this area, an external antenna is required, preferably with an amplifier.

Power Source

Next thing to consider is what power source a TV requires. As a rule, portable TVs are designed to be powered via a car socket allowing you to take them with you on trips. That said, some models may also be powered by batteries, which may come in handy when you go on a picnic and have no car adapter on hands. The latest models offer the third option - a special docking station. By using this station, the TV can provide you with up to 150 hours of play time. One other benefit of this docking station is that it features its own sound system which can enhance the quality of sound of a portable TV, a great option considering that the maximum power of most embedded speakers is 2W at best.

Package

Finally, you should pay attention to the package included with a purchase. Make sure that a TV has a good antenna. Then find out if a remote control comes included (you don't want to buy it separately). Most portable TV models come including stands allowing you to mount them in a headrest and a special cover letting you transport and store your TV conveniently if need be. Aside from these things, make sure to check if the package contains an A/V cable, power adapter, car adapter, headphones, batteries, and instruction manual.

Did you know?

Television is an everyday part of our life, just as much radio was a staple of American homes in the 20th century. And though we might view it as mundane, there are some facts about your home television set and what’s on it that might surprise you. Let’s take a brief look at a few.

Older Than It Looks

If you had to guess, when would you say television was invented? We’re betting you wouldn’t go any higher than the 1920’s at most and that makes sense. After all, there were barely any movies before that point so why would there be television sets. That’s not the right answer, though, as TV, at least in its initial form, predates film by a few decades. The very first mechanical television models started to pop up way back in the early 19th century, far from what most people assume. But if we’re talking about the more familiar electronic models, they only appeared in 1927 and even then only as a prototype. Not just far from the modern-era sets but far from a workable appliance. Still, just a short ten years later the technology improved and electronic television sets started to spread across American households.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

There are hundreds of long-running series that are available on TV even now but while something like The Simpsons may seem ever-present, there are shows that have been on the air longer than the iconic cartoon. For one, our British friends have been enjoying (or despising) the record-breaking soap opera Coronation Street since 1960 with several cast members passing away and anniversary episodes aplenty. As for the off-air options, there’s the legendary Gunsmoke, an old western that lasted 20 whole years, not to mention its pre-television years when it made rounds on the radio. And, since we’ve mentioned The Simpsons it’s only fair to point out that it’s a record breaker in the USA only. The title of the actual longest-running animated series has been taken by a Japanese cartoon Sazae-san. This series has over 7000 episodes and has been on the air since 1969, almost as long as Coronation Street.

The Whole World is Watching

Now, not every show is destined to last for decades. However, there are other metrics of success and viewership is certainly one of them. If we exclude sporting events such as the Super Bowl game and Olympics, only counting scripted shows, we’d have to name the groundbreaking classic M*A*S*H. Its finale had 105.9 million viewers glued to the screen on initial broadcast. For reference, the Apollo 11 (aka the first ever people landing on the Moon) gathered somewhere around 125-150 million viewers. The only other scripted drama to reach anywhere near such numbers was the eighth episode of Roots, which gathered precisely 100 million viewers on its initial showing. No other show has managed to drum up nine-digit numbers besides these two, though the numerous Super Bowls have been reaching these records nearly every year. And, just to give you an idea of what that kind of viewership means, there are shows on air even now that are struggling to reach 0.5 million viewers. M*A*S*H and Roots weren’t just outliers, they were phenomenal successes and seminal events.

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