The Best 3 Portable DVD Players for Kids in 2018

Updated on February 19, 2018
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Paul's passion for technology and digital media goes back over thirty years. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida, USA.

In my experience, the arrival of portable DVD player technology has been a great blessing for many parents and children alike.

As well as playing discs, machines nowadays also have extra features too, providing even more more entertainment options.

There are many advantages to having a player for your kids, but here's a few of the main ones that I've discovered so far:

  • 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 disc. Some players can also be used for playing games on.
  • 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 pretty much 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 run out!)
  • 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.

The 3 Best Portable DVD Players for Kids

Here are my selections.

  • The UEME 9": Lightweight and Versatile
  • The DBPOWER 9": Durable and Easy
  • The FUNAVO 9.5": Cute and Affordable

I will explain my experiences and the reasons for my selections below.

One nice touch with the UEME 9" is that if the kid needs to take a break from viewing, the player remembers where they were and can be restarted at the same point in the movie. (You just need to make sure that the 'last memory' in setup menu is on).
One nice touch with the UEME 9" is that if the kid needs to take a break from viewing, the player remembers where they were and can be restarted at the same point in the movie. (You just need to make sure that the 'last memory' in setup menu is on).

The UEME 9": Lightweight and Versatile

I bought a UEME 9" 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".

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • She can use the buttons on the machine okay, but the remote is too complicated for a young child.

The DBPOWER 9" is a great player and very versatile when it comes to playing different types of video and audio files, rather than just standard movies and CDs. You can also put it through a TV for a bigger screen experience.
The DBPOWER 9" is a great player and very versatile when it comes to playing different types of video and audio files, rather than just standard movies and CDs. You can also put it through a TV for a bigger screen experience.

The DBPOWER 9": Durable and Easy

The DBPOWER 9" 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 9".

Pros

  • The rechargeable lithium battery gives the DBPOWER around 4 hours of playing time when fully charged, which is generally enough, 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 neat.
  • It's affordable, I bought it for under $50.
  • It's been dropped a few times and it still works fine.

Cons

  • The volume goes very loud. Definitely worth investing in some headphones if you're in a small car.

The FUNAVO 9.5". The FUNAVO was a great buy. The picture quality and audio are good, and it comes with matching headphones and carry case. The swivel screen is relatively large for a portable, and easy for my young daughter to use.
The FUNAVO 9.5". The FUNAVO was a great buy. The picture quality and audio are good, and it comes with matching headphones and carry case. The swivel screen is relatively large for a portable, and easy for my young daughter to use.

The FUNAVO 9.5": Cute and Affordable

I bought a FUNAVO 9.5" 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.

Pros

  • The battery lasts about five hours before it needs recharging. If 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.
  • 9.5 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.
  • The machine was affordable to buy, I bought it online for just over $45.

Cons

  • Headphones are perfectly fine for a kid, but not not high quality. I used a pair of my own when I borrowed the player.

Even in the age of the internet, DVDs are still an excellent way of viewing movies and TV shows on long journeys. They can also hold games. With a disc you have none of the connectivity issues that you can encounter with streaming when on the move.
Even in the age of the internet, DVDs are still an excellent way of viewing movies and TV shows on long journeys. They can also hold games. With a disc you have none of the connectivity issues that you can encounter with streaming when on the move. | Source

5 Fascinating Facts About DVD Discs

  1. The DVD-R format was created in 1997 by Pioneer.
  2. 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.
  3. Despite being the same size physically, a standard DVD disc holds 13 times as much data as a CD.
  4. 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.
  5. Unlike VCR tapes, DVD discs are not damaged by magnetic fields, and they do not fade or lose quality over time.

DVD discs were developed to be the same physical size as CDs, but to hold much more data (13 times as much!), making them more suitable for storing movies and other large files. Later came the dual layer disc which holds even more data.
DVD discs were developed to be the same physical size as CDs, but to hold much more data (13 times as much!), making them more suitable for storing movies and other large files. Later came the dual layer disc which holds even more data. | Source

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.

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