portable dvd player: test, comparison and buying guide

Kids sitting in the back of a car having fun

In 1996 the first DVD player was introduced to the market in Japan. The price at that time was between 700 and 900 euros. Later, the portable DVD player was developed to provide entertainment outside the living room, just like a CD player. In this article we have collected the most important purchase criteria and also devote ourselves to current portable DVD player tests.

The best portable DVD player with an interface for games:
“With everything you need for a successful entertainment program.”

The best portable DVD player in a beautiful design for children: Sunpin PD101-BU-EN
“For the best entertainment even for the little ones.”

The best portable DVD player in a dual configuration: Lenco DVP-938 X2
“Double is better.”

The best portable DVD player with the largest screen: Naviskauto 16” portable DVD player
“So that you also do not miss any detail.”

The best non-folding portable DVD player in double: Naviskauto 10.1” HD screen dual DVD player
” Compact and in double version.”

The best portable DVD player with Bluetooth: Lenco DVP-947BK
“With an expanded arsenal of connections.”

The most important things in a nutshell

  • Portable DVD players are equipped with many different features nowadays.
  • You should definitely make sure your DVD player has a headphone jack.
  • A long-lasting battery is also an advantage. With a battery life of three hours, you can watch two movies at your leisure.
  • DVD player you can also buy with different screen size and resolution. With the resolution you should take however a DVD player with at least 640 x 234 pixels.
  • There are DVD players that you can connect to each other. Then the same DVD is played on them.

The best portable DVD players: editors’ favorites

So you don’t have to waste a lot of time looking for a portable DVD player, we’ve put together our favorites for you here.

The best portable DVD player with an interface for games: Apeman PV 1070

What we like:

  • Possibility to play games
  • At 10.5 inches (approx. 27 cm) screen diagonal
  • Equipped with multiple ports
  • DVDs with subtitles playable
  • good handling and operation

What we don’t like:

  • no Blu-ray and Bluetooth possible

The portable DVD player from the Apeman brand comes in black and has a convincing screen diagonal of 10.5 inches (ca. 27 cm).

With a battery with a runtime of five hours, you can not only watch one or two movies at a time, but directly add a third movie to it. The resolution of the portable player for your DVDs is very high and of good quality with the values 1024 x 600.

Since in addition to a normal charger also a charger for your car is included, you can also easily charge your portable DVD player in the car, so your entertainment and your fun are not limited.

The best portable DVD player in a beautiful design for kids: Sunpin PD101-BU-DE

What we like:

  • unique design for your child’s eyes
  • Rotatable screen for a perfect feel-good experience
  • anti-shock function for uninterrupted entertainment
  • Battery life of up to five hours
  • Many different connections for more customized entertainment

What we don’t like:

  • cannot be connected via Bluetooth

The now presented portable DVD player from the Sunpin brand catches the eye with its beautiful and qualitative design and coloring. Whether you buy this portable player for your DVDs or for your child’s DVDs, or for your children’s DVDs, this DVD player is a plus point in any entertainment program.

With the many ports you can not only read your data from your SD card, but also watch movies, music or pictures on a USB stick. The screen has an excellent resolution and convinces with a beautiful and colorful high definition setup.

Since the brightness of the screen has also been turned up, you can also watch your movies wonderfully in daylight. With an included headrest strap, you can even attach the DVD player to your car’s headrest, making it perfect for your child or you to watch a movie without getting a stiff neck.

The best portable DVD player in a dual feature: Lenco DVP-938 X2

What we like:

  • Two features of a DVD player for twice the fun
  • Extra headphones for an incredible sound experience
  • Anti-shock function for uninterrupted entertainment
  • included remote control for easy handling
  • Many different connections for more individual entertainment

What we don’t like:

  • Battery life of up to 3.5 hours (still enough for two movies)

Lenco has released not one, but two portable DVD players in one set with the DVP-938 X2. These come with a remote control and headphones in duplicate.

Due to the beautiful design, the screens are not only particularly attractive, but also very durable. In addition to the already mentioned extras, the two portable DVD players also have several ports, which can also be used to play photos and music.

Since the scope of delivery also includes stands and two mounting sets, it is possible to mount the DVD players comfortably on the backrests of the person in front of you. The included charger allows you to charge your DVD player in the car without any problems, so you can watch movies for more than three hours.

The best portable DVD player with the largest screen: Naviskauto 16” portable DVD player

What we like:

  • Very large screen with super resolution
  • extra protective case for extra protection of the DVD player
  • HDMI input for more entertainment
  • Included remote control for easy handling
  • video memory on last transfer

What we don’t like:

  • No attachment for the headrest available

This product from the Naviskauto brand is a portable DVD player with an incredible screen size of 16 inches (ca. 41 cm). Built-in ports even allow you to attach game consoles to the portable DVD player and play games on it.

The video memory makes it possible that if you interrupt watching a movie, you can simply continue watching at the point where you interrupted the movie. With a battery life of six hours, you have some fun ahead of you.

If you still don’t have enough time, you can easily charge the portable DVD player in the car using the included adapter. Thanks to the LED backlight watching a movie in the sun and sunshine will no longer be a problem.

The best non-folding portable dual DVD player: Naviskauto 10.1” HD screen dual DVD player

What we like:

  • Screen with a very good resolution
  • Included headrest mount for use in the car
  • both devices can play the same movie with one cable
  • Included remote controls for ease of use
  • Video memory at last transmission

What we don’t like:

  • Only one device with battery. The other needs power.

The portable DVD player presented here is also like the previous product from the Naviskauto brand. Included with this product are two DVD players that come with dual features.

This means that you get two remote controls, for example. With the included brackets for the headrests of the car, you can easily fix the screens in the car.

The batteries of the two portable DVD players both have a runtime of about five hours, which allows you to watch several movies at a time. If you still don’t have enough time, you can plug in the included car adapter for the charger in the car, which will save you a ton of time.

The best portable DVD player with Bluetooth: Lenco DVP-947BK

What we like:

  • screen with 180 degree rotatability
  • Included headrest mount for comfortable use
  • Connectors for playing movies, music and photos
  • Included remote controls for ease of use
  • Headphones with Bluetooth included

What we don’t like:

  • no charger for the headphones included in delivery

The portable DVD player from the brand Lenco has Bluetooth access, with which you can connect the included Bluetooth headphones. In addition, the portable DVD player also has several ports that allow you to watch not only movies, but also music and photos.

With a screen diagonal of nine inches (approx. 23 cm), the player’s screen is average size for your movies. With the ability to rotate and tilt the screen 180 degrees, incredible comfort is preprogrammed when watching your movies.

Of course you can also attach the DVD player to the headrest of your car. The included mounting for the headrest even allows you to directly attach the portable DVD player.

A car is parked in front of a beautiful landscape and has luggage on the roof

You are going on vacation with your family? Or you drive alone or with friends? Then a portable DVD player is exactly the right thing for you and your plan. Your children can watch some movies on the way and you can do the same on your vacation.

Buying guide for portable DVD players

The following section deals with some information about portable DVD players.

Which are the most important purchase criteria with portable DVD players?

The following information will show you what you should look for when buying a portable DVD player.

Size of the screen

The size of the screen is not as important for a portable DVD player as it is for a TV, most of the time you are in short distance to your DVD player, so you won’t need an oversized screen diagonal. In most cases, a diagonal of 7 inches (ca. 18 cm) to 12 inches (approx. 30 cm).

Functions

The following table describes some of the features that are included with some portable DVD players.

FunctionDescription
Channel search Only for portable DVD players that can receive television programming.
Anti-shock function This function prevents interruption of the DVD playback in case of shocks.
Subtitle Some DVD players can display subtitles in addition to the audio output.
Battery charge level With this display you can see at any time how much power your portable DVD player has left.
Multimedia playback You can play different types of data depending on the connections of your portable DVD player.
Screensaver The screen saver is displayed when the device has not been used for a certain period of time.

Connections

A good portable DVD player has many different connections. Examples are USB and SD card slots, which you can use to watch movies in other ways. DVDs therefore YOU do not always need. A connector for your headphones are especially for noisy environments or for your child or children in the car.

With or without screen?

The question of whether your portable DVD player should have a screen depends on where you want to use it. If the DVD player is to be connected to your laptop or to your TV, for example, a portable DVD player without a screen is worthwhile.

The resolution of the screen

Screen resolution is as important as screen size. Most portable DVD players have a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. You can of course choose another resolution. The most common resolutions are between 480 x 234 pixels and 1366 x 768 pixels. Please keep in mind that you will only have a good resolution from 640 x 234 pixels upwards.

The sound quality

Of course, sound quality is also very important for a good movie experience. Therefore, you should make sure that the speakers have a good quality. In most cases, however, the manufacturers of portable DVD players do not specify which speakers they have installed. Also make sure that a connection for headphones is integrated.

Battery life

The longer the battery life, the better. If your battery lasts longer, you can watch your DVDs or listen to music for a longer time. Plus, you’ll have to charge it less often.

The operation

The operation should also be a very important aspect of your purchase decision. If your portable DVD player is very cumbersome to use, watching your DVDs can be less fun. So always make sure it is easy to use.

The noise

The DVD runs inside your portable DVD drive. Therefore, it can quickly become noisy if you use it for a longer period of time. However, you should make sure that the noise level is not disturbing for you and your environment.

The power supply

The power supply is also very important. For example, if you can charge the portable DVD player at the charging point in your car, you can enjoy your DVDs without any power supply problems.

Many DVD covers are on a shelf

You have a lot of movies and series that you would like to watch anytime, anywhere? With a portable DVD player, this is no longer a wish, but a reality.

What brands make quality portable DVD players?

Apeman

The company’s values are passion, creativity, sharing and independence. Moreover, they want to bring the excitement and adventure of life into everyone’s life.

Axdia Internatinal GmbH has been distributing with the Odys brand for several years now. The aim is to develop and produce high-quality lifestyle products.

DBPower

DBPower is a brand active in consumer electronics. In addition, it also stands for safety and high quality products.

Where to buy portable DVD players?

You can buy portable DVD players online on the Internet or in stores like Media Markt or Saturn. Internet sites that offer portable DVD players are Expert Technomarkt and Euronics. You may find better service in stores, but on the Internet you can see many reviews at a glance and get information about the product quickly.

How much do portable DVD players cost??

Good portable DVD players start at a value of 30 Euros and can cost up to 400 Euros. Important here are the various connections, functions and extras. So think beforehand about what you want the portable DVD player for and for whom.

What accessories are available for portable DVD players??

AccessoriesDescription
Protective bag The protective case is essential to protect your portable DVD player.
Display film The display film protects the screen from damage.
Headphones Headphones allow you to play your DVDs even in a noisy environment.
Remote control With the remote control the control of the player is already directly more comfortable.
External battery External batteries give your portable DVD player more power.

Portable DVD player test overview: Which portable DVD players are the best??

The following table shows you consumer organizations, which have made to portable DVD players test reports.

TestmagazinePortable DVD player test available?Release YearFree AccessLearn More
Stiftung Warentest Yes, there is a test available. 2008 Yes Click here
Eco Test No, there is no test available. / / /
Consumer.at No, no test available. / / /
Ktipp.ch No, there is no test available. / / /

Portable DVD players from Stiftung Warentest: Portable DVD players – Sony’s picture is poor

In 2008, the consumer organization Stiftung Warentest examined and tested 12 different portable DVD players. More specifically, the picture, the sensitivity of the TV reception, the sound, the error correction, the battery operation, the versatility and the handling were tested.

In addition, the equipment and technical features were also tested. The test results were all satisfactory or sufficient. Accordingly, portable DVD players in 2008 still had some room for improvement. The best score was given to a device without an antenna for receiving TV channels, with a rating of a 2.6 (Satisfactory).

The worst score was also given to a device without an antenna for receiving TV channels. This one is from Sony and has received a rating of 4.6, which corresponds to the rating Poor.

FAQ – Frequently asked questions about portable DVD players

What is a portable DVD player?

A portable DVD player is an electronic device that allows you to play your movies, photos or music while on the road.

For whom is a portable DVD player suitable?

In principle, a portable DVD player is suitable for anyone who likes to enjoy some entertainment through movies and series, but also photos and music.

Why do I need a portable DVD player?

You and your children go on vacation? Then a portable DVD player is best for you. Firstly, you can watch movies and series on vacation and secondly, your children can also watch their favorite movies on the trip.

You do not have children? That is also no problem. You can of course use the DVD player on its own, whenever you feel like it.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a portable DVD player?

The advantages are mainly entertainment, where and when you want it. You can also enjoy long journeys by car (as a passenger) or on the train in a relaxed way.

The disadvantages are the quality of the sound and the screen. Although they are very suitable for such small entertainment products, of course, they do not come close to that of a television set.

How a portable DVD player works?

Inside the DVD player is a drive and a laser that can read the data on the DVD. Through it the data is transmitted to the screen and your movie is played.

Why does a portable DVD player need different connections??

With the different connections you can not only watch movies, but also listen to music, for example. If you have games on an SD card and your DVD player supports games, you can even play games on it.

Also a headphone jack is a great advantage, because you can watch movies at any time without disturbing the people around you.

How to clean my portable DVD player?

First of all, you should make sure that the DVD player is turned off and disconnected from the power supply. To do this, disconnect the plug and, if possible, remove the battery as well. Next, take a microfiber cloth, with which you can clean the player superficially.

If you have done that, you can, if necessary, remove heavy dirt with a damp cloth. Now clean the screen with a damp cloth. You can then clean the ports lightly and carefully with a cotton swab.

How to install a portable DVD player in my car?

There are several mounts for attaching the DVD player in the car, which you can either attach separately or which can be integrated into the seat cover of the car. In the following video you can see the unboxing and assembly of the product we presented last time.

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