Best Portable DVD Players in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 18, 2017
Portable DVD players allow you to take with you all your favorite music, movies and TV shows, entertaining yourself and passengers during long road trips. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DISPLAY
SUPPORTED FORMATS
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY
POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE
SIZE
 
PROS
Provides an opportunity to choose from 4 sound presets to get an optimal sound depending on the content and environment type.
CONS
No memory card slot.
OUR VERDICT
This portable DVD player is splendid for transportation and storage in practically any place or compartment due to its compact design. The Sony company also ensured the model to have a high build quality and sturdy materials.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY

7" TFT

480 × 234

4:3, 16:9

SUPPORTED FORMATS
CD-R/RW, DVD+RW/+R/+R DL, DVD-RW/-R/-R DL, 8cm DVD, JPEG, MP3, Xvid, MPEG-4
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

1 x USB

1 x A/V OUT

1 x Headphones

POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE

AC adapter, Car charger

Up to 4 hours

SIZE

42.5 x 200 x 155 mm

775 g

PROS
The rich connectivity, which includes an HDMI out allows connecting the player to a display, flat TV or a projecting device to output digital video to such devices.
CONS
This player has a considerably bigger weight than its competitors.
OUR VERDICT
The wide high-resolution screen brings you a comfort of watching your favourite movies and TV series. With that, the proprietary copy function enables easy content sharing with your friends.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY

14" TFT

1280 × 800

4:3

SUPPORTED FORMATS
DVD, CD, EVD, VCD, CD-RW, DVD-R, MP3, MPG, VOB, AVI, FLV, MP3, MP4, JPEG, NES
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

1 x USB

1 x HDMI

1 x AV IN

1 x AV OUT

1 x Antenna

1 x USB Game Controller Port

1 x Headphones

1 x SD/MS/MMC Card Slot

POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE

AC adapter, Car charger

Up to 2 hours

SIZE

46 x 406 x 277 mm

2094 g

PROS
The design features a swivel display connection that makes it possible to turn the display through 360 degrees for achieving the best possible view angle.
CONS
The remote control comes with no battery.
OUR VERDICT
Highly ergonomic and practical design of the device is combined with a decent visual performance of the display. This combination makes the player easy to use on the go and nearly in any environment, including the inside of a car as the device mounts on headrests (mounting accessory is not included) and is made to be shockproof.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY

9.5'' TFT

1024 × 600

4:3, 16:9

SUPPORTED FORMATS
CD, DVD, DVD + R/-R, DVD + RW/-RW, VCD, SVCD-R/RW, CD -R/RW, VOB, AVI, MPEG 1, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, XVID, MP3, WMA, JPEG
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

1 x USB

1 x AV IN

1 x AV OUT

1 x USB Game Controller Port

1 x Headphones

1 x SD/MS/MMC Card Slot

POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE

AC adapter, Car charger

Up to 2 hours

SIZE

40 x 235 x 173 mm

1300 g

PROS
The supply package of this player includes the mount case for attaching it to a headrest of a front seat. The manufacturer provides an 18-month warranty. The display supports 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution.
CONS
Does not support MP4 playback.
OUR VERDICT
With its high portability and up to 5 hours of battery life (2600mAh) this NAVISKAUTO DVD player enables you to watch your favourite movies non-stop even during long trips.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY

9" TFT

800 × 480

4:3, 16:9

SUPPORTED FORMATS
CD, DVD, DVD + R(-R), DVD + RW/-RW, VCD, SVCD-R/RW, CD -R/RW, AVI, DIVX, MPG, MP3, WMA, JPG, JPEG
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

1 x USB

1 x AV IN

1 x AV OUT

1 x Headphones

1 x SD/MS/MMC Card Slot

POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE

AC adapter, Car charger

Up to 5 hours

SIZE

40 x 250 x 189 mm

1300 g

PROS
Available in several case colour options. The bundled gaming controller is very ergonomic. The front panel of this portable DVD player is not congested with control buttons.
CONS
Some users find the display bezel being too wide.
OUR VERDICT
If you want to elevate your style and individuality you should consider this model. In addition to its attractive design, the device is very convenient to use for both children and adults. Look no further than this model as a birthday or a Christmas present for your child.
detailed parameters
DISPLAY

9" TFT

480 × 234

16:9

SUPPORTED FORMATS
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
INTERFACE CONNECTIVITY

1 x USB

1 x AV IN

1 x AV OUT

1 x USB Game Controller Port

1 x Headphones

1 x SD/MS/MMC Card Slot

POWER SOURCE & BATTERY LIFE

AC adapter, Car charger

Up to 2 hours

SIZE

48 x 270 x 186 mm

1320 g

What is a Portable DVD Player

You can find a vast array of portable gadgets on the market today that have become a part of our everyday life. A DVD player is among them as well. This small but extremely useful device can stream any entertainment content from DVD discs and other digital collections and keep people amused when they need to while away some time. Some of the players can pick up the TV signal, this way becoming a real TV-set on the road. In this review, we've given you a comprehensive comparison of the best portable DVD players available on sale for you to choose the one you need.

If you need a device specifically for TV/DVD playback in a car, we recommend reading our review of portable TVs and picking one of car DVD players.

What Features to Compare

Screen

Your comfort fully depends on screen characteristics so make sure that you pick the right one. The average screen size for 1-2 people use measures 9-12" diagonal, but you can find a bigger screen if you want to have a more detailed picture before you or you mean to attach it to a headrest for other people's use. Consider the resolution, for it directly affects how clear the streamed content will be. Most modern portable DVD players now support Full HD. To be able to watch large-format movies with maximum comfort and minimum picture distortion, it's important to make sure that the chosen DVD player has a 16:9 display ratio where for streaming the content from TV 4:3 would be more than enough. Picture brightness, contrast and field of view are mainly predetermined by the panel used in DVD player. TFT thin-film transistor is most popular today and widely used in DVD player production.

Interface and Compatibility

Another important characteristic to be considered is the ability to read and play different formats and storage devices. It is understood that the more formats portable DVD player supports, the more playback capabilities it provides. A good player should always be compatible with such disc formats as DVD±R/RW, CD-R/RW, and also support MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats; playing files in MPEG-4 and DivX is a plus. Some advanced models can boast of Blu-Ray media playback, but of course, they are more expensive. Actual models can be easily connected to a TV or AV receiver via HDMI or analog component/composite connector. In addition, most portable DVD players have a USB port and card reader to playback files from external data storage devices. Some players are equipped with IR transmitter for wireless connection to earphones, headset, etc. Also, some models have a built-in TV/FM tuner that allows watching TV programs and listen to radio almost anywhere, plus some manufacturers equip their models with games to make journeys more fun for their owners.

Convenience and Power Source

In most cases, portable DVD players have a swivel screen that can rotate all round 180 degrees for optimum field of view. It would be great if a player is packed with a case/bag for convenient transportation. Some models may have a bracket to be placed on a car headrest, which is also very handy. If you plan to use DVD player on the road all the time, pay attention to its size and weight. A player can be controlled via a remote control or control buttons. Also, take into consideration a built-in battery capacity. Some models can provide battery life up to 5 hours.

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Sony DVPFX780 Portable DVD Player

You Won't Find a More Portable DVD Player

When you compare the Sony DVPFX780 model to competing portable DVD player models it makes itself conspicuous by its compactness. While the display is not the largest one and measures 7 inches diagonally the case of this portable DVD player is also rather small. With its rich functionality, we get one of the best portable DVD players capable of playing media content from various optical and flash drives with the size of only 200 x 42.5 x 155 mm (width/height/depth) and weighing only 775 g. All these design features point toward the high portability of the device; you will be able to carry it in a small bag and use this portable DVD player by Sony practically everywhere being on a trip, for example, on a plane, on a bus or in a train. The four selectable audio modes for getting an optimal experience when playing your digital content in different environments add nicely to the player portability. The thing that may be considered a downside for this player is the lack of memory card slot. However, the lack of this slot is compensated with the availability of a USB slot that enables the DVPFX 780 to play content from USB thumb drives. Summing up our experience with this portable DVD player, we would like to point toward high quality of the materials and build, which is, actually, inherent to all Sony products.

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Sony DVPFX780 Portable DVD Player
Sony DVPFX780 Portable DVD Player
 

BW Portable DVD Player

This Is the Comfort You've Been Looking For

When most of us think of a portable DVD player it is the comfort of watching videos that is among the most important things we want from the player. You will definitely get this advantage using this portable DVD player by BW. The first feature that greatly contributes to the comfort of watching is a large 14-inch wide built-in display that makes watching your favourite films and shows fun and comfy even when sitting together with a friend. The second beneficial feature, which naturally comes out of the large screen, is its high resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. This rather high resolution provides a detailed picture across the whole screen space with no visible granularity or grain effect. However, the features that ensure a comfortable use of the device are not confined to the screen as the extended connectivity of this portable DVD player brings not only a USB input port but a set of analog audio/video ins and outs, and even an HDMI port. While analog outputs allow you to connect this BW portable DVD player to TVs, projection devices or video cameras, the available HDMI port allows video output to displays and flat panels using a high-quality digital interface. With that, the Copy Function allows you to share interesting content with friends and relatives. That is why we can say that this portable DVD player targets the audience consisting of people appreciating the comfort of watching most.

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BW Portable DVD Player
BW Portable DVD Player
 

DBPOWER Portable DVD Player

DBPOWER DVD Player to Keep Your Kids Entertained

When on a long car ride, many of us get bored or tired, either of which is true if you take children along. To make a long ride more entertaining for your passengers and less troublesome for a driver you can use the advantages offered by a portable DVD player by DBPOWER, which was designed with an in-car-use scenario in mind. The fact that DBPOWER engineers considered an on the road use of this portable device seriously is easy to confirm if you take a closer look at the DBPOWER Portable DVD Player. First, the player features a 9.5-inch display that swivels and rotates through 360 degrees angle to ensure the optimal visibility even for several viewers. Not only is the display swivel ergonomic, it can also reliably fixate the display in any position. The rotatable feature of this portable DVD player also allows mounting it on a headrest of your front seats, though you need to buy a special mounting separately. However, mounting this DVD player portable solution once allows you to preoccupy children for an entire trip keeping them attracted to movies or even video games as the player supports playing arcade games from the bundled disc (8bit games). Thus, with this portable DVD player you can have a pleasant drive and passengers on the rear seat a funny one.

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DBPOWER Portable DVD Player
DBPOWER Portable DVD Player
 

NaviSkauto Portable DVD Player

Watch Videos, Listen to Music Longer!

When one speaks of a portable device he or she implies a device running on a built-in battery, therefore the shorter the battery life is the less portable the device is... When you give this portable DVD player by NAVISKAUTO a try you will soon see its excellent portability for yourself. The built-in rechargeable battery of the player has a 2600mAh capacity and enables you to enjoy your favourite videos for up to 5 hours non-stop, which makes the device one of the best portable DVD players in this regard. In case the battery gets depleted, you can always resort to the bundled car and wall chargers for charging the battery from a car cigarette lighter or a power socket. It is worth noting that both these adapters have 3-meter cords that often come in handy. Moreover, the manufacturer includes a headrest mount case into the supply package of the player, which saves you some money otherwise spent on accessories. In addition, the NAVISKAUTO Portable DVD Player has a rugged structure and is made of the strong materials, and the NAVISKAUTO company demonstrates its certainty about that providing an 18-month manufacturer warranty. Therefore, this DVD player solution will bring you much joy with its high portability and functionality.

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NaviSkauto Portable DVD Player
NaviSkauto Portable DVD Player
 

ieGeek Portable DVD Player

A Great Birthday Present Idea

If you are having a hard time deciding on a birthday present or a present for any other holiday for your child you can ease your life by choosing the ieGeek portable DVD player. The player is equipped with a 9-inch display that supports the 480 x 234 pixels resolution and a wide screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio that allows a comfortable watching of any video content. The vendor produces this portable DVD player in four different colour options to give you an opportunity of choosing an optimal colour both for a boy and a girl. To our mind, it is the functionality of the device as a gaming console that will be of the most interest of your children. Using the player in the gaming mode is easy and fun as it has a bundled gaming controller with a highly ergonomic design that can lead your small gamer to many victories and gaming achievements. Not only is the gaming controller included in the supply package but the disc with compatible video games and a remote control as well. Though this part of the player functionality, as well as individual colour solutions, will definitely appeal to some adults. Summarizing our experience with this gadget we can say that the ieGeek Portable DVD Player will be a good present not only for children but for adults too, especially considering its low price.

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ieGeek Portable DVD Player
ieGeek Portable DVD Player
 

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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 08:03:03