Although other devices are gaining popularity for mobile viewing, there are still good reasons to consider getting a portable DVD player. For instance, you probably have a collection of DVD movies, TV shows or concerts you enjoy watching. For another, the relative cost of portable DVD players is a bargain compared to tablets or laptops. Plus, they can support quality entertainment in a variety of formats beyond DVDs and DVD-R/RW, including listening to music (CD, CD-R/RW, MP3), looking at pictures (JPEG) and more, in virtually any traveling situation. When you’re browsing Best Buy’s portable DVD player selection, you’ll want to consider the best screen size for you. Choices generally range from 7 inches to 11.4 inches. If you’ll be using it for flying on a regular basis, you may want to look at getting a smaller player since size and weight count when packing and going through airport security.
You’ll also want to give some thought to the power modes you’ll need, including the estimated battery life of the model you’re contemplating, and whether it comes with a vehicle adapter for road travel. Don’t want to run out of juice on the go? Pick up one of the many available portable chargers and power packs to provide a quick recharge. Need to block out unwanted external noise during your excursions? Noise-canceling headphones may be an essential addition to your travel gear. If you’re interested in connecting your player to an HD television after you get to your destination, select a player with an HDMI port.
Getting More Out of Your Portable DVD Player for Car Trips
When it comes to family road trips, having a portable DVD player for the car could be the perfect prescription for a fun, relaxing experience, absent of bickering and fighting… especially if younger children are among the traveling crew. A portable DVD player for kids can be an ideal source of entertainment to keep youngsters occupied with movies and music until you reach your destination. (“Are we there yet?”) Portable CD and DVD storage cases may make sense to keep the media you bring along organized, instead of scattered throughout the car.
You may also want to consider getting a dual screen portable DVD player, which features a single player unit but two separate screens for those times when sharing one screen isn’t the best situation. Most dual screens have an audio jack for each screen, so with two sets of headphones for kids, two children can immerse themselves in what’s on the screen. Even without a two-screen player you can give each child their own source of audio by using a headset splitter, which allows connection of two headphones using only one audio jack.