There are thousands of DVD players on the market. The makers of these handy little guys are just as abundant – most of which are familiar names in electronics. The problem in this particular electronics subset is not that the companies are not reliable. No. The problem with getting a portable DVD player lies in finding out which are the real deals and which are just a waste of money, and believe me, there are tons of portable DVD players out there that aren’t worth your money. In this guide, we will be presenting you the best portable DVD players as well as key benefits, pros and cons, things to look out for when buying a portable DVD player and of course information on actually purchasing a portable DVD player.
Things to Look for When Buying a DVD Player
Now that you’ve seen plenty of cool portable DVD players, you’re ready to dig deeper into what to really look for when making a purchase. It’s one thing to invest in something that is sure to cost thousands of dollars, but it’s another to go in and purchase something that isn’t really a focal point of a particular market. While most people can agree that portable DVD players are really cool and nice to have, we all have to admit that portable DVD players are not the in thing at the moment—this means that there are far less picks for DVD players than there are for say—smartphones.
When purchasing a portable DVD player, you want to be very mindful for the specifications of the devices you are looking at. A lot of people just sort of glance at something and say “oh, that’s cute” without even really checking to see what exactly the device is capable of doing (or not doing). This sets us up for failure and wastes precious time and money that we can’t get back. You can avoid doing this by doing your homework on what you want and knowing what to look for to get it.
In this section, we’ll be taking you through a few things that we found to be important when searching for the top portable DVD players. These things include the obvious, but also the not so obvious aspects of DVD players. We keep it nice and simple so you don’t walk away scratching your head not really knowing what to make of what you’ve just read. Now that’s settled, let’s chat about things to look for when purchasing a DVD player.
You should never buy a product if it doesn’t come with a warranty. There are a lot of people who sell products online who don’t have money-back guarantees. This means that if the product is lost or damaged, they are not obligated to refund your money and there is really nothing you can do to get your money back other than filing a claim against them or writing them a poor review somewhere online. Buying a product without a warranty is just asking for trouble – especially if you plan on ordering your product from offline. Trust us.
If your device has replaceable parts, you want to make sure that you get more replacements just in case things don’t work out with the ones you have. I don’t know about you, but I lose replaceable parts all of the time. If you know this is going to happen with you, you can avoid the risk by adding the replacement parts that you need to ensure that you don’t have to scour local parts stores for them in the future. This tip can save you both time and money—especially if you have children/toddlers or are prone to breaking things up.
If you have a device that doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, you’re going to want to keep plenty of batteries on hand. It’s not the best idea to store batteries somewhere where your children can get to them so instead we recommend storing them in the carrying bag your device comes with. If your device doesn’t come with a carrying bag, you can purchase a battery box to keep them contained and store them near the area that you plan on using your portable DVD player.
If you have a rechargeable battery, please take the time out to learn about your battery’s power. Chances are you will be using a powerful lithium battery. These can be somewhat dangerous especially when they are not handled with care. We speak more about the dangers of particular lithium batteries in the precaution section near the bottom of this guide. So if your device has a rechargeable battery please go and check that out.
Your picture quality comes from your screen resolution. The higher the screen resolution the better the picture quality will be. The good news about finding a device with very high picture quality is that you will find that they actually do not cost you an arm and a leg. This is great because you know even if your device breaks out of warranty you won’t be breaking the bank just to replace it. A great picture quality for a really high resolution picture is anything around or higher than 1024×800. You also want to make sure your device is a widescreen LCD display for the best results.
Built in Stereo Speakers
Listen, you definitely don’t want to overlook this aspect of your portable DVD player. You want to really make sure that your device has quality built in stereo speakers. There are a lot of portable DVD players on the market that look great and have great picture quality but don’t have very good speakers. We’ve all heard an electronic device with poor speakers that struggles to stay clear if you raise the volume. The same is common on portable DVD players that have low quality built in speakers. If you have to pay a few extra dollars for a device that has amazing speakers—do it. Hearing what’s going on is half of the magic of having a portable DVD player.
Not many people think about how long their electronics are going to function. When we buy things, we just kind of assume that they will work forever unless they are significantly damaged. This is not the truth—especially where portable DVD players are concerned. The fact of the matter is that many devices only last as long as their warranty does which is why we always push our readers to only purchase items with warranties and money back guaranties to ensure you aren’t scammed out of your money. You may buy a DVD player that worked perfectly for everyone that came before you and yours stops working three weeks after purchasing it. You don’t have a warranty or money back guarantee so you essentially just gave your money away.
Quality of Materials
If you’re going to give your portable DVD player to a child, you need to make sure that it’s made with a sturdy material that can withstand being dropped, chucked, and stepped on and more. A quick search can teach you a thing or two about the material of the device that you have selected. To take things a step further, you can always contact the manufacturer to ask about the material your device is made with. That way you know what to expect with you get it home—there’ll be no surprises.
Screen Quality, Strength and Durability
If your screen isn’t sturdy, you will find that you are replacing your portable DVD player quite often. While some people won’t mind this I think most of us will. The way to sidestep this issue is buy analyzing the screen specifications. Many portable DVD player screens are very thick, durable and flexible. This isn’t always apparent—if you get a low quality device you will find that your screen breaks easier than candy glass. Read reviews and ask questions if necessary to make sure you don’t bring home a dud.
Qualities of Premium Portable DVD Players
It’s one thing to know what to look for, but do you really know what premium portable DVD players are made of? In this section, we will teach you a thing or two about what top of the line DVD players have that set them apart from the pack. If you’re going to spend your hard earned money, you should do so in a way that supports what you want to get out of it.
We cannot stress this enough. If your device is made out of low quality material, you’re just wasting your time and money. A lot of people think that if they’re getting a device for a child they should just go ahead and put pennies into getting something when the truth is, when it comes portable DVD players high quality doesn’t mean expensive. You can a quality DVD player for a few (and I do mean a few) more dollars than a low quality device that is prone to malfunction fresh out of the box. You can see what your device is made of by going to the manufacturer’s website or contacting the manufacturer’s customer service.
Quality LCD Display
We spoke about this a bit in the last section. Poor quality screens are an absolute no-go in the world of portable DVD players. Save yourself some time and money and just invest in the better quality and top rated portable dvd players.
Don’t be one of those people who accidently pick up an aesthetically appeasing portable DVD player that has candy glass for a screen. If you don’t choose a quality product, a shattered, split or broken screen can be just what you’re dealing with in a few days’ or weeks’ time. We’ve said before and we’re going to say it again. Invest, invest, and invest. Don’t pick up the first cheap thing you see. Portable DVD players don’t cost a bunch of money so there is really no reason to not get the best quality for your buck.
Every device doesn’t come with a remote while this is highly understandable it isn’t ideal. Remotes have their benefits. If you are a parent looking to buy a device for your child for those long car rides to grandma’s house, a remote is just what you need to control their DVD players from the front seat. You can change the volume, flip to the next song, and change which episode is playing and more. Having a remote is clearly the safer option in this scenario so if using a DVD player in the car is the reason why you are making your device purchase then please double check to make sure that the seller includes a remote with the package.
This one doesn’t need much of an explanation. Parental controls allow us to monitor what are kids are watching. This is a safe option for parents planning to use these devices for little ones.
Built in Speakers
We touched on this topic in the last section but figured we’d remind you. Not every device has built in speakers. Some portable DVD players are made with the assumption that the user will wear headphones/earphones to enjoy their music, videos and movies. This obviously is not true (all the time). With that being said, you want to make sure you know for certain if that your device has good quality built in stereo speakers to that you can actually hear what’s going on without having to invest in more equipment.
High Quality Screen Resolution
What’s the point in buying a DVD player if you can’t see anything on the monitor? Screen resolution is a huge deal when it comes to having a quality device that does more than enough. Many devices have a lot in terms of specifications but fall short when it comes to screen quality. In fact, some DVD players produce pictures that remind you of the days of pixelated bar phones—I’m not kidding. If the seller or manufacturer doesn’t list the screen resolution, take your money elsewhere. Anyone can paste a crisp picture of balloons on a monitor. All it takes is Photoshop.
Decent Battery Life
Battery life is always going to be hit or miss with electronics. Nowadays, with the way we use technology we can’t expect so much from our batteries. Your average portable DVD player lasts about 4-5 hours before needing to charge. This isn’t a bad thing because most devices come with chargers so that you can use your devices for extended periods of time. If you really want a device that lasts long period of time, chances are you will be looking for a device that uses rechargeable batteries with a decent mAh range. There are plenty of options that can last 10+ hours available on the market.
Flip or Swivel Monitor
Most monitors can swivel at least 180 degrees. This is generally good enough to be able to swivel the screen into a position that is comfortable to use. Most options (as you may have noticed while reading through the devices) also have the ability to flip which make them that much more user friendly. The swivel and flip screens are not necessary if you are using the devices for the car and plan on mounting them on the back of a seat but if you are using the device on a hard surface they are extremely helpful.
A device with a USB port give you more freedom to listen to and watch what you want. This option means that if you have a flash drive you can listen to whatever music you have downloaded. Obviously this applies to videos, pictures and movies if you have those on the USB as well. This is a really cool option to have for people who don’t like lugging around disks.
We wrote a little bit about rechargeable batteries in the precautions section. If you are interested in a device with a rechargeable battery, please go ahead and check that out because while rechargeable options are extremely convenient they can also be dangerous.
Multiple Charging Options
What we mean by this is having a wall charger and a car adapter option for your DVD player. The one thing that most DVD players are looking for is mobility. They want to get up and go. Having a car charger is essential in most cases but if this doesn’t apply to you then don’t worry about it.
Memory Card Slots
If you plan on using your device for viewing content that’s on an SD card or other memory card then, be sure to look for that option.
How to Get the Best Portable DVD Player
We all love movies. If you’re like most people, you probably have a decent amount of DVDs in your living room (or wherever you watch TV) that you would love to bring on-the-go for entertainment purposes. The great thing about portable DVD players is that they serve to keep us busy in those times where sitting and watching paint dry would be more fascinating. Portable DVD players come in many styles but with what’s available on the market today, you’d think that they were all pretty much the same thing.
It’s plain and simple. Really know what you want to get out of your device. Don’t go in looking for what’s cutest or cheapest. Read the best portable DVD player reviews out there. Go in thinking about how you need for your device to perform in order to get the most out of your dollar. An example of this would be knowing that you want to have portable DVD player for the car so that the kids can watch their favorite movies or listen to their favorite music. The question would then be how many people are watching and are the children going to share or have their own devices? If they are going to share you will then want to think about sound options. Does the device you’re interested in have at least two earphone jacks? If the answer is no, does the device have excellent surround built in stereo speakers?
In order to get the best portable DVD player, you have to really dig into what the device can do and what it offers. If you know that you want a large display, you should probably look into larger display portable DVD players making sure that all of the amenities you need are included. Be sure to research to find out whether or not the device you seek needs batteries or if it comes with headphones/earphones. You also want to make sure that your device comes with a wall charger and a car charger—these are not always included with portable DVD players so be sure to do your homework.
When to Use a Portable DVD Player
In Photo: SYNAGY A10 10.1inch Portable DVD Player
Now that you’ve read about key things to look out for and what goes into the best portable DVD players, we’ve compiled a little list for you to remind you of all the things you’ll be able to do with your new device. So here’s a little section for those of you who want a portable DVD player but aren’t sure if they are worth buying. There a few things you can use a portable DVD player for. Here are a few options listed below:
- During play time with your children.
- On the road.
- When the power is out.
- When you want to watch a movie or play a CD that isn’t available elsewhere.
- In the office during lunch break.
- As a gift.
- In place of a radio for music during shower time.
- To play lullabies for the baby as they sleep.
- As an alternative to using your phone for movies/music on the plane.
- When you don’t feel like getting up to turn on the television but want to watch something or listen to music.
Pros and Cons of a Portable DVD Player
By now you’ve been through key benefits, ways you can use your portable DVD player and more. This sections is designed to chit chat about the pros and cons of portable DVD players because let’s get real—there is no such thing as a perfect product. The last thing we want you to do is to go in there with high hopes of finding this amazing product, receiving the product and being bummed out about it.
In the section titled ‘Key Things to Look Out for When Purchasing a DVD Player’ you learned what sorts of things to look out for and what kind of mentality you need to have when purchasing a Key Things to Look Out for When Purchasing a DVD Player (or anything for that matter). You now know that if you want to get a product that isn’t going to ‘suck’, you’re going to need to play it smart. The second thing you want to do after deciding that you want something is really brainstorming what you want out of it.
When it comes to DVD players the main things all buyers should be aware of is quality of material, what kind of batteries the device uses, screen resolution, whether or not the device has earphone audio and the quality of the built in stereos. Obviously more goes into than these few things but these are the most important aspects of a portable DVD player and here are other things to consider.
Here are the pros of purchasing a portable DVD player:
- User friendly.
- Super functional.
- Gives you options while you’re out on the road.
- Keeps the kids busy.
And of course because no product is the perfect fix, here are the cons:
- If you don’t choose a quality DVD player, you’ll find that your DVD player is constantly breaking.
- Flimsy material is just a promise that your DVD player won’t last very long.
- Many DVD players have crappy screen resolution and displays.
Precautions and Warnings
If you’ve purchased a portable DVD player for your little one, you definitely want to be mindful of a few things when your make your purchase. First and foremost you want to check for small parts or replaceable parts. Most DVD players don’t but you still want to make sure.
The really hazard with some portable DVD players has less to do with small parts and more to do with the batteries that they come with. While rechargeable batteries are great they normally don’t come without a price. Lithium batteries are known to explode. If you’re the kind of person who keeps up on the news, you’ve heard a thing or two about vaping and how vape mods are known to explode. This is because lithium batteries can be very sensitive.
Here are ways to significantly decrease the chances of your devices exploding and overheating:
- Be mindful of how long you are leaving your device on the charge.
- Power the device off if it starts feel hot to the touch.
- Do not intentionally drop, knock or damage the battery.
- If the battery seems to be damaged, do NOT use the device.
- Be careful about leaving items with a lithium battery in hot areas. For example – the car in the summertime. Especially if there’s no air conditioner to help keep the device cool.
Certain kinds of lithium batteries can be extremely sensitive – trying to handle them like you would handle a basic double or triple a battery can result in extremely dangerous repercussions. The last thing you want to do is encourage a lithium battery to go into runaway. Doing so will result in an explosion. If you’re interested in a device that uses lithium batteries, you should do research to learn about your battery and always, always, always follow the instructions provided in your user manual.
You’re not a modern human if you don’t like technology. From phones, laptops and flat screen TVs to gaming consoles. We love technology. It’s a valuable asset in our day to day life. Some of us rely on it more than others but the fact of the matter is that technology has never been a bad thing.
When it comes to buying a new item, knowledge is power. Be sure to know what you are looking for and the things that matter the most to you with regards to this purchase. This can be as simple as writing down things that you absolutely need when it comes to this purchase. Maybe you want the highest resolution portable DVD player with built in stereo speakers that’s able to play Blu-ray discs.
Try not to look at portable DVD players in terms of what is the most aesthetically appeasing. The problem with doing so is that the nicest looking thing is not always the best quality. Another thing to be mindful of is pricing – don’t just jump up and look for the cheapest thing on the market because sometimes the cheapest thing is the worst quality. Be sure to check and see if there is a money back guarantee so that if you don’t like the product you can simply return it and purchase a new one.
As with other purchase we always encourage you to do your homework and thoroughly review an item before making a purchase. Be mindful to look into how to care for your portable DVD player’s battery and remember to always follow the instructions provided in your user manual to stay safe. Until next time!
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