Although DVDs have faded in popularity since Blu-ray became widely available, this has made DVD players substantially more affordable. Whether you haven’t made the switch to Blu-ray or you simply have older movies you’d like to watch, the following portable DVD players provide excellent utility whether for keeping the kids or yourself entertained.
We’ve focused on portable DVD players which offering a battery life of at least 2 hours for sustained play and also ensured each selection is relatively lightweight for easy transportation. These portable DVD players also offer overall picture quality suitable for casual use and capable of supporting multiple types of media content such as DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, MP3, MP4, CD-R, and image files; some selections also offer support for SD cards and USB flash drives as well.
The Philips PD9000/37 offers a large nine inch screen with good picture quality, and extended battery life. It also provides a good range of support for different media formats including DVD, CD, and CDivX as well, making it an excellent overall choice. Read Full Review
The Philips PD9000/37 offers a nine inch LCD screen which is larger than many other models. Picture quality is good for a portable DVD player while the rechargeable battery offers an impressive five hours of continuous playback on average. The built-in speakers deliver a good amount of volume while an AV outlet allows for hooking the DVD player up to an external screen such as a TV in a hotel room.
The PD9000/37 is compatible with most CDs and DVDs, including DivX support as well. In the event of any interruptions it will remember where your movie was stopped last, the car mount pouch allows easy installation on the back of a headrest, and there’s also a remote included. Despite being an older model, the Philips PD9000/37 offers a tremendous amount of performance and value.
The GPX PD901W can be propped up to stand on its own on a flat surface, held in your lap, or mounted on the back of a vehicle headrest during road trips. This portable DVD player offers a large nine inch screen and built-in speaker, with plenty of support for various formats. Read Full Review
The GPX PD901W opens up and can be propped up on flat surfaces much like you would with a tablet and case, making it good for situations where a bulkier DVD player might be cumbersome. The PD901W can also mount easily on the back of a headrest, making it suitable for long road trips. The nine inch screen has good picture quality, and while the sound isn’t the best, you have options for using headphones.
This portable DVD player has support for multiple media formats, including CDs and image discs as well as multi region support. There’s also an included remote control, power adapters for both the home and car, and a rechargeable battery offering up to about two hours of use.
The Supersonic SC-257A is the most expensive pick on the list, but comes with a digital TV tuner, allowing you to pick up television channels while on-the-go. Support for various media formats and intuitive controls round out this versatile unit. Read Full Review
This portable DVD player offers a swiveling seven inch screen which makes it easier to use in a variety of situations. The Supersonic SC-257A supports multiple media formats while also including an SD card slot and USB port. The built-in speaker is adequate for most purposes, and the headphone jack allows for private listening. The SC-257A comes with an AC adapter to use at home, while battery life is around two hours. However, what stands out most is the inclusion of a built-in digital TV tuner which allows for accessing digital channel programming from anywhere reception is available. The Supersonic SC-257A is a great choice if you want the versatility of being able to watch your favorite shows as well as movies.
The Pyle PDH7 portable DVD player offers excellent versatility and compatibility with a wide range of formats, including both an SD card slot and USB port. The seven inch screen offers solid picture quality, while a remote control and head rest case are also included. Read Full Review
This affordable portable DVD player offers all the connectivity and features you’ll need to survive a long trip from point A to point B. The Pyle PDH7 has a seven inch rotating LCD screen which can be adjusted to multiple viewing angles. Although picture quality won’t rival a device such as an iPad, it works well enough for casual viewing.
This portable DVD player offers a wide range of compatibility, with multi region capabilities, SD card and USB flash drive support, and the ability to connect an iPod, MP3 player, or smartphone using the 3.5 mm AUX-in jack. Most audio and video file formats are supported and this model also comes with a wireless remote control and a head rest case car set-up easy. The included rechargeable battery lasts for about two hours of use.
This portable DVD player offers support for multiple formats, including also a USB port and SD card reader. In addition to a swiveling seven inch screen, it includes adapters, a remote control, and a carrying bag.
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The Sylvania SDVD7027-C uses a swiveling, seven inch screen to display movies, images, and even play music. This portable DVD player is compatible with multiple disc formats, while also including both a USB port and a SD card reader. Picture quality is solid and the built-in speaker allows for high enough volumes for use in the car. Also included is an outlet for headphones, an AV outlet for connecting the player to an external display, as well as an AC adapter, DC car adapter, remote control, and carrying bag. The rechargeable battery is good for about two hours of use.