Best Car DVD Players in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 15, 2017
Today's review features car DVD players. These very popular devices enable users to enjoy audio and video media content from DVD discs and portable media right in a car, while offering high expandability. We've picked the best 5 models available for the on-line purchasing. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Mounting type
Display Size
Display Resolution
Sound Reproduction
Connectivity
Media Supported
Media Formats Supported
 
PROS
Includes the patented headrest mounting that holds the device firmly and is compatible with any car headrest. The design features a comfortable foldable stand for the player use on horizontal surfaces.
CONS
Detaching the display from the holder may be a problem.
OUR VERDICT
Installing two compact car DVD players with high-quality displays in your car without any tools is not an issue with the Voyager. After a simple installation, you can enjoy your favourite movies and TV series on two displays at a time. The manufacturer offers other supply package options.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display Size
9"
Display Resolution
800 x 480 pixels
Sound Reproduction
Built-in speakers, Headphones (included)
Connectivity
1 х USB 1 x AV out 1 x AV input 1 х SD/MS/MMC port 1 x headphone out
Media Supported
DVD/CD/USB/SD
Media Formats Supported
DVD, MP3, CD, JPEG, CD-R / RW, DVD +/- R и DVD +/- RW
PROS
This car DVD player comes with 2 disks full of 32-bit games. The player design makes it a brilliant substitution for a standard headrest.
CONS
The monoblock design limits the device portability.
OUR VERDICT
This multifunctional portable car DVD player has a versatile design allowing you to mount it on front seats of any vehicle. The adjustability of the player mounting is completed with a simple two cable power supply connection.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting
Display Size
7"
Display Resolution
800 x 480 pixels
Sound Reproduction
Built-in speakers, IR & FM Transmitter for the sound output to car speakers or IR headphones (included)
Connectivity
1 х USB 1 x AV in 1 x headphone out 1 х SD/MS/MMC port
Media Supported
DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media Formats Supported
CD / DVD / SVCD / VCD / MP4 / MP3 / JPEG / WMA / CDG / DVCD
PROS
This car DVD player supports Full HD video playback from optical disc carriers. Besides, it has the feature of media playback from any HDMI source (smartphones, tablet PCs, etc.)
CONS
Notwithstanding numerous supported features, the device has no built-in battery.
OUR VERDICT
This car DVD player is a great choice for entertaining passengers on the back seat of your car. They can enjoy not only their favourite videos and music but also amazing 32-bit games by using the remote control as a game controller.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display Size
10.1"
Display Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound Reproduction
Built-in Mini Speaker, IR & FM Transmitter for the sound output to car speakers or IR headphones (included)
Connectivity
1 x HDMI 1 x USB 1 x AV out 1 x SD port 1x Headphone Jack Smartphones
Media Supported
DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media Formats Supported
DVD / VCD / MP4 / RMVB / CD-R / CD-RW / SVCD / DIVX
PROS
The outstanding feature of this car DVD player is the pivoting screen, which you can rotate through 270°-angle horizontally and through 180°-angle vertically to achieve maximum visibility and visual comfort for any viewer.
CONS
The player is bulky.
OUR VERDICT
This player has an impressive portability, which is achieved with a powerful built-in battery that can keep the device running for 5 hours on a single charge. With this car DVD player, you can treat yourself to some movies. The product comes in different colours.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Portable
Display Size
9"
Display Resolution
720 x 480 pixels
Sound Reproduction
Built-in speakers
Connectivity
1 х USB 1 x AV out 1 x AV input 1 x headphone out 1 х SD/MS/MMC port
Media Supported
DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media Formats Supported
CD / DVD / DVD+R(-R) / DVD+RW(-RW), VCD / SVCD-R(RW) / CD-R(RW) / VOB / AVI / MPEG 1 / 2 / 4 / XVID / MP3 / WMA / JPEG
PROS
The device has a swivel display, which can make a full 360-degree turn around the vertical axis to get optimally adjusted to your point of view.
CONS
Requires an additional casing for the headrest installation.
OUR VERDICT
You can use this compact DVD player both in your car and outdoors or indoors. The swivel display makes getting the right viewing angle an easy task. This DBPOWER player has various case colour options.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display Size
9.5"
Display Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound Reproduction
Built-in speakers
Connectivity
1 х USB 1 x AV out 1 x AV input 1 x headphone out 1 х SD/MS/MMC port 1 х gamepad port
Media Supported
DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media Formats Supported
CD / DVD / DVD+R(-R) / DVD+RW(-RW), VCD / SVCD-R(RW) / CD-R(RW) / VOB / AVI / MPEG 1 / 2 / 4 / XVID / MP3 / WMA / JPEG

What is a Car DVD Player?

DVD player proves itself indispensable in a trip or a journey. If you've you got stuck in a traffic jam, or simply need to wait for your travel companions, a portable car DVD player can help you while away some time with pleasure. The player is a compact device, using which your passengers can listen to the music, watch movies right in a car. Most car DVD players can turn into the full-fledged multimedia systems, to which you can simply connect mobile phones, iPods, gaming consoles. The devices enable travellers to view their favourite videos from DVD-discs/USB sticks/sd cards with no commercial breaks. We've compared 5 most popular car DVD players, with which you can improve your travelling experience.

Some of the models reviewed here have built-in speakers or bundled headphones. However, if you are a fan of surrounding sound, these built-in acoustics may not satisfy you, that is why we recommend you to look through our Bluetooth speakers review, which offers the info on the speakers that may be a better fit for your needs.

What Features to Compare

To make sure you and your passengers can watch movies or pictures comfortably, you need to determine the Mounting and Positioning of the car DVD player. It is up to you to decide whether to install a DVD player in the rear of your car or in front of you on a panel. It all depends on who you'd like to entertain - your family or friends travelling on the rear seat or yourself while being stuck in nasty traffic jams.

The next criteria worth considering are the Diagonal size and Display resolution of the player. Watching movies on a bigger screen is much more comfortable. There are different models of DVD players with the display diagonal size ranging from 2.2 to 15 inches. The most widespread diagonal size of DVD players today is considered to be 7-8 inches. You should pay attention to the screen resolution. The best option is 800x480 pixels resolution (which allows to playback all the NTSC DVD-content up to the maximum 720 × 480 resolution with no downscaling). At such a resolution the player's display even when exposed to direct sunlight will retain the original image's colours and maximum details.

In addition to the image quality, the Sound is the feature of much importance in terms of DVD players usage. Some portable car DVD players can output the sound to the main speakers of your car via an FM Transmitter providing the same audio experience for all passengers. Other models have their own built-in speakers, as well as an interface for connecting the headphones via IR Transmitter for allowing the fellow travelers to enjoy the watching without distracting a driving person.

Various Connectivity options determine the functionality of your automotive DVD player. Ability to connect additional displays, rear and front view cameras, infrared transmitters for wireless headphones, and even gaming consoles, smartphones, mp-3 players transform your DVD player into a multimedia station. Owing to HDMI input ports, USB stick ports, SD card readers you can watch and listen to the majority of modern multimedia formats without limiting yourself to the content of your DVD discs.

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Voyager VYDVD9-PP

An All-Around Easiness

Entertaining your passengers on a long trip becomes an easy task as can resort to such devices as the Voyager car DVD player. The Voyager VYDVD9 system comprises two standalone devices with a 9-inch integrated display each that offer great flexibility of video playback options. Such portable devices are beneficial primarily in terms of easiness of installation and use. Indeed with the Voyager VYDVD9-PP portable car DVD player, you can perform the whole mounting manually and without any additional tools. Use the bundled special mounting bracket to install the car players to the headrests of the seats in your car. Aside from excellent portability, modern technologies bring you a high-quality image, which this player can reproduce. Owing to the LED backlight of the displays the image rendered with this twin car DVD player has very high maximum brightness and colour accuracy. The sound reproduction of the Voyager car DVD player is no slouch either as the built-in speakers can play rather loudly and clearly to satisfy basic user's needs without outputting the sound via the speakers of your vehicle, thus eliminating the need for additional cables. With the Voyager 9 PP in your car, passengers on the back seats will be able to enjoy high-quality videos from a micro SD card.

Review of Voyager VYDVD9-PP

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


Voyager VYDVD9-PP
Voyager VYDVD9-PP
 

Sonic Audio HR-7

A Modified Headrest

It appears that your front seat headrests can be used not only for their intended purpose but serve as mounting points for various portable display-equipped devices. The Sonic Audio is a comprehensive solution that combines several functions in a single headrest-mounted device while greatly saving space in your car and leaving more usable space for passengers on the back seats. Installing the HR-7 portable car DVD players is quick and hassle-free owing to the design of their poles with fully adjustable width and many diameter adapters included. Car DVD players are made for a comfortable watching of videos though the real enjoyment is not only about the watching but the listening too. The Sonic company addressed that issue by including two quality IR headsets in the supply package of the Audio HR-7 twin car DVD player, which frequency response covers the whole audible spectrum from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. With this pair of IR headsets, video watching becomes a full-fledged experience. However, you can use one of the cabled earbud models to enjoy an even better sound. When on the road you can easily preoccupy even fidgety children as the Sonic car DVD player comes with two gaming controllers and two disks packed with arcade-styled exciting video games each of which can be played independently on any player device. To keep your IR headsets always ready for the operation we recommend buying a spare set of AAA batteries.

Review of Sonic Audio HR-7

Sonic Audio HR-7
Sonic Audio HR-7
 

NaviSkauto CH1003B+Y0101S

Mounting and Positioning

This car DVD player by NaviSkauto refers to portable in-car devices intended for playing various media content. The operation of this car DVD player requires its in-car installation by a method of front seat headrest mounting. The installation is performed using the two swivels of different size, which are included in the package. Please keep in mind that this model also allows using as a home portable DVD player. For making the car DVD player fully fitting a car interior the device is completed with two display frames of a different colour (included).

Review of NaviSkauto CH1003B+Y0101S

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen DVD Player has a standard screen size of 10.1 inches, which enables you to enjoy watching your favourite movies and shows from a short distance with enough comfort. In regard to its picture quality, this car DVD player offers a high screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Such resolution is very high for the devices of this category and enables the device to produce an excellent highly detailed and clear picture, on which all the objects look very lifelike.

NaviSkauto CH1003B+Y0101S in the use

Sound

The sound playback of this car DVD player is performed by the built-in speakers, which offer a decent sound playback quality and a high loudness level. The dual car DVD player sound output allows using a car acoustic system. In addition to the built-in speakers, this automotive DVD player can output the sound via a built-in FM-transmitter, which is capable of streaming a movie soundtrack to an external receiver. Worth mentioning is the availability of an IR port, which allows connecting the bundled headphone set wirelessly.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

NaviSkauto portable car DVD player supports the playback of various multimedia content from DVD/CD optical discs, which are inserted in a back-panel slot. In addition, this modern car DVD player is capable of playing media files from external flash drives via the built-in USB slot. Moreover, you can view your photos, play music and videos from memory cards after inserting them in the SD/MMC player slot. As for the media file formats that can be played on this car DVD player, you will discover that it supports popular formats such as DVD, MP4, RMVB, and DIVX. With that, the AVI and MP4 files can be encoded at up to 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Thus, you can even watch footages shot with a car camera


VIDEO
Naviskauto Product Demonstration (Ultra Thin Headrest Dvd Player)
NaviSkauto CH1003B+Y0101S
NaviSkauto CH1003B+Y0101S
 

ieGeek 12,5"

Watching Movies Anywhere You Want

Probably all of us enjoy watching movies. However, you may find yourself in a situation when you are on the way to a place where you plan to spend your vacation or on a weekend trip and there is no TV at hand. An effective solution is to use the device, which combines a high-quality display and a powerful battery. The ieGeek portable DVD player is a perfect fit. One can hardly overestimate the convenience and portability this card DVD player offers as its system consists of two independent car DVD player with screens. Each player device has a notebook-like design and look, thus you can easily fold it and carry around in a small travel bag. However, the design of the ieGeek car DVD player provides even more flexibility than one of many netbooks or notebooks owing to its distinguishable feature. This feature is transformability, which is achieved by using the swivel display structure that allows rotating the player display through an angle of 270° around the horizontal axis, and through 180° around the vertical one. Which, in our experience, is rarely seen in devices of the kind. Thus, this feature enables you to choose an optimal viewing angle both for your back seat passenger and his or her companion. So, you can start having a good time even before reaching the destination point with this ieGeek model, which is one of the best car DVD players. Now, tell us, are vivid colours on the screen with no juicy sound enough for a truly enjoyable movie watching? We recommend using these headphones for TV with the player to make watching your favourite movies a memorable experience.

Review of ieGeek 12,5"

ieGeek 12,5
ieGeek 12,5"
 

DBPOWER 9.5''

360-Degree Rotation

Hardly there is a person who would shy away from an opportunity to have yet another device with a display in the vehicle not to speak of a portable device capable of running on a built-in battery as well as using the vehicle battery power. Luckily, these are the features that the DBPOWER portable DVD player offers. The autonomous power supply unlocks literally infinite possibilities as for the place of the player use, including the in-car and outdoor applications. You can use a wide range of portable media as the source of video content for this car DVD player. The media includes CDs, DVDs as well as more up-to-date and capacious storage devices as USB thumbs and miniature SD memory cards. The advanced support of source media allows having a whole collection of interesting movies, TV shows and music files, which can be easily played with the DBPOWER player. This portable car DVD player by DBPOWER is equipped with a 9.5-inch display capable of rendering vibrant and rich colours and enables pivoting through 360 degrees even when you watch videos. Owing to its built-in battery this DBPOWER DVD player can be used on the go in practically any environment that is why we suggest using one of these compact laptop bags for its transportation and storage.

Review of DBPOWER 9.5''

DBPOWER 9.5''
DBPOWER 9.5''
 

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