Paul's passion for technology and digital media goes back over 30 years. Born in the UK, he now lives in the U.S., in Florida.
In my experience, the arrival of portable DVD player technology has been a tremendous blessing for parents and children alike. As well as playing discs, machines nowadays also have many other features too, providing even more entertainment options.
There are many advantages to having a player for your kids, but here's a few of the main ones:
- Long journeys by car or airplane don’t seem quite so bad for a youngster when they can occupy themselves by watching one or more of their favorite movies or TV shows, or listening to music stored on a disc. Some players can also be used for playing games too.
- The players can also be used in the home, as well as on the move, or when staying with friends or relatives – in fact, the beauty of their portability is that they can be used more or less anywhere.
- The players don't usually need to rely on a power source, or an internet connection, so can keep the kids reliably entertained without interruption (at least until the batteries need recharging!)
- Unlike a tablet, the player won't keep losing the signal when you are on the road.
I love to use portable players too, if I'm not driving, or flying on my own, either to watch movies or try out the other features.
2020's Top 3 Portable DVD Players for Kids
Here are my selections.
- The UEME 9": Lightweight and Versatile
- The DBPOWER 11.5": Durable and Easy
- The FUNAVO 10.5": Cute and Affordable
I will explain my experiences and the reasons for my selections below.
The UEME 9": Lightweight and Versatile
I bought a UEME 9" player for my young niece to use. I had a good chance to check it out when she was over for a visit. It has a larger screen than some other players which makes for good for viewing.
Here are my pros and cons for the UEME 9".
- You can buy it bundled with a car headrest mount, which is one of the main reasons I bought this model. The screen can be rotated and flipped so that it's like a tablet then inserted into the mount holder
- The picture and sound quality are great.
- It looks cute, the little girl loves it. (There was a choice of four different colors, I got her the pink).
- It has a remote conrol.
- It plays a wide range of video and audio file types.
- She can use the buttons on the machine okay, but the remote is too complicated for a young child.
The FUNAVO 10.5": Cute and Affordable
I bought a FUNAVO 10.5" player six months ago for my daughter. She loves it and I'm a big fan too. There was a choice of pink or blue, I bought her the pink.
Below are my pros and cons for the FUNAVO.
- The battery lasts about four or five hours before it needs recharging, in my experience. When it runs low, I can power it using the car adapter when on the road.
- The player came with cute matching headphones and carry case.
- 10.5 inches is a good size for a screen: big enough to watch movies, but small enough to be portable.
- There is an option for two players to connect together, so that two kids can watch the same movie.
- You can connect it to a TV if the kids want to watch something on the big screen.
- The machine was reasonably affordable to buy, I bought it online for just under $60.
- Headphones are fine for a kid, but they're not high quality. I used a pair of my own when I borrowed the player.
The DBPOWER 11.5": Durable and Easy
The DBPOWER 11.5" is my favorite portable DVD player for kids out of the three I've listed. I bought one of these machines for my nephew when he was traveling over with my brother for a Christmas visit. I got to check it out for myself when traveling on a few day trips with him and liked it a lot. There'a a blue and a pink version, I got him the blue.
My pros and cons for the DBPOWER 11.5".
- The rechargeable lithium battery gives the DBPOWER around 5 hours of playing time when fully charged, which is plenty in my opinion, and when it runs down, you can power the player with a car charger or AC adapter.
- The swivel screen is easy to work and it's easy to attach to a car headrest (I had to buy a separate mount).
- The player has a break-point memory function, so it remembers where you left off the last time the movie was played.
- There's a remote, which is cool.
- It's affordable, I bought my DBPOWER for under $60 online.
- It's been dropped a few times and it still works fine.
- There's AV output, so the player can be connected to TV and used like a regular machine to watch movies on the big screen.
- You can connect two players together so that a couple of machines can play the same movie at the same time, which is a great feature for either a couple of kids, or a parent and a kid.
- The volume goes very loud. Definitely worth investing in some headphones if you're in a small car.
5 Fascinating Facts About DVD Discs
- The DVD-R format was created in 1997 by Pioneer.
- The very first DVDs held 3.95 GB of data. This later was expanded to 4.7 GB. A dual version of the disc was later developed in 2005, these discs held up to 8.54 GB.
- Despite being the same size physically, a standard DVD disc holds 13 times as much data as a CD.
- A single sided DVD disc, at a bit rate of 4.5Mbs, can hold up to 133 minutes of good quality video and audio, allowing it to record and play most movies. Dual layer discs can supply as much as 4 hours of playback.
- Unlike VCR tapes, DVD discs are not damaged by magnetic fields, and they do not fade or lose quality over time.
The First Players
The DVD specification was publicly announced in 1995, but production and sale of machines for public use was held up due to arguments over copyright production.
DVD players first became available for the public to buy in November 1996. Sales were limited to Japan initially. In March of the following year, distribution was extended to the USA but restricted to just seven US cities for the first months
The first players were sold for $1000 plus, but prices dropped quickly and by the end of the year 2000, consumers could buy a machine for less than $100. By 2003, players could be purchased for under $50, making them available to virtually every household.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Paul Goodman
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