How To Evaluate Portable Car DVD Players

Portable DVD players let you take your entertainment with you almost anywhere you go.  The dreaded 6 hour family trip doesn't have to be miserable any more. Now you can turn it into an easy movie or two. Or you can take one camping with you for some nighttime entertainment. Portable DVD players can go just about anywhere you do.
Choosing the DVD player that best suits your needs isn't very difficult.  What do you want to do with your player?  Where do you want to take it?  If you plan to use yours on road trips, be sure that it comes with a car kit or a plug that works with your car's 12 volt accessory outlet.

  1. Display: Portable DVD player displays come in a variety of sizes.  Models with large screens are more expensive than those with small screens.  Displays are measured in inches diagonally across the screen.  Some DVD players are designed with two screens that can be mounted on the back of the front seats of your car.  If you have a few kids that might prefer having their own screens, think about buying a DVD player with two screens. Most players even have audio and video output in the form of RCA plugs that allow you to connect your portable player to a home TV.

  • Progressive Scan:  DVD players with progressive scan produce a clearer, less jagged display than traditional displays using interlaced scanning.  Players with progressive scan usually cost a little bit more, but it's worth the price--especially during fast-paced action scenes. 
  • Format: DVD players usually don't just play DVDs.  Many are able to play CD music.  Try to find one that is also compatible with common picture CD formats like Kodak's Picture CD.  Depending on the format of your music collection, you may benefit from a DVD player that also plays MP3s and WMA (Windows Media Audio) files.
  • Construction: Examine the construction of the player that you are considering buying.  Is it flimsy or weak plastic?  You may want to splurge and pay a few extra dollars for the peace of mind that your player may tolerate rough times a little better. 
  • Battery Life: Nobody likes a movie that quits just a few minutes before the end.  Most players on the market have a battery that lasts for a few hours, but you may want to choose a model with either a large or extended life battery.
  • Features: Features like multiple headphone jacks can turn out to be extremely useful.  It's also a good idea to get a player with Progressive Scan Playback.  This will help prevent the movie from skipping if you hit a bump or two.
  • Region Code:  Finally, make sure that the region code on the player will work in your locality.  If you buy a player at a store, this shouldn't be a problem, but some players sold online may not be set up for the correct region.  The region code for North America is Region 1.  Also, some people may advertise all region or Region 0 DVD players. These are usually illegally modified DVD players.

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