Today, the internet is jam packed with literally millions of articles intended to help readers find the best of the best of whatever electrical device they may be in the market for. Looking for the best smartphone under $200? The internet has got your back.
Need a camera with the ability to upload directly to Facebook or YouTube? There’s an online article for that. Struggling to determine which tablet is the right tablet for you? Don’t worry, cyberspace will help you decide.
However, while the tech wizards of the internet are discussing smartphones and tablets and game consoles and scores of other handy gadgets, conspicuous by its absence is the portable DVD player.
It seems like there is nobody out there interested in helping those who still want to be able to enjoy their favorite director’s cut and limited edition DVDs while on the go.
That’s where I come in.
Today, in order to help you develop that same love of portable DVD players which I have had since my early teens, I’m going to give you ten tips for success when you’re shopping for a portable DVD player.
Craft A Budget
This is probably the most obvious step of the process of purchasing a portable DVD player. In fact, it’s probably the most obvious step of purchasing anything.
Before you decide which portable DVD player you’re going to go with, you should take a couple of minutes to research portable DVD player prices and set yourself a budget to stick to. Thankfully, the decline in the popularity of the portable DVD player over the past couple of years means you will be able to find a high-quality model for less than $100.
While all portable DVD players are small, screen sizes tend to vary from model to model. The differences aren’t major, maybe two or three inches, but you’ll definitely notice those extra inches (or lack thereof) when you’ve been looking at the screen for hours on end.
My advice is to examine a couple of different screen sizes prior to making a purchase and decide what size you need to really enjoy your movie or television series.
Research Battery Life
A portable DVD player can have the perfect screen size and cost 50% less than you planned to spend, but that doesn’t mean a thing if it doesn’t have a decent battery life. A lot of portable DVD players have a battery life of less than two hours when fully charged, which won’t even cover a full Hollywood movie.
You should research the battery life of each potential purchase before settling on the model that is right for you.
When you’re planning your budget, you should set a couple of dollars aside for any accessories which you might need. When you buy a portable DVD player, you are going to need a padded case to protect it during transport, along with a couple of cloths to clean the screen and a cigarette lighter charger so you can charge your device while you’re on the move.
A lot of portable DVD players will come with certain accessories included, but only a few will give you everything you need.
Consider Intended Use
How you intend to use your portable DVD player is always an important factor to take into account when trying to find the best model for you. For example, those searching for a portable DVD player which can be used by their children should purchase a model with a tough outer shell as it is likely to receive multiple knocks and bangs throughout its time in use.
Lighter Is Better
When it comes to portable DVD players, lighter is always better. Owing to the very nature of the device, you are likely to be carrying it around with you from place to place, so the last thing you want is a model that is going to weigh you down while you travel.
Consider Media Sources
When you’re purchasing a portable DVD player, it is important to remember that in the year 2017, the media which can be viewed on one is not limited to what you can find on a DVD. There are many portable DVD players which come equipped with USB ports and slots for SD cards.
Consider Viewer Numbers
If you’re purchasing a portable DVD player to be used by yourself or another sole viewer, you will be able to go with a smaller screen model without leaving yourself open to any problems.
However, those who are in the market for a portable DVD player which can be viewed by multiple people at a time should go with a model with a larger screen. Dual screen portable DVD players are also available and are a great choice for families with two children.
Some Models Double As Regular DVD Players
If you don’t have a DVD player connected to your regular viewing system at home, you might want to consider purchasing a portable DVD player which can connect to a regular sized television.
Such a device would make it possible for you to view DVDs on your TV, although you are likely to lose something in terms of picture or audio quality.
Once you have taken all other factors into account during your search for the right portable DVD player for you, you should take the time to research portable DVD player manufacturers in order to make sure you end up with a durable and effective model.
Sure, a portable DVD player from a lesser known brand will cost you quite a bit less than one from the likes of Philips, Sylvania or Sony, but will almost definitely cause you problems within the first 18 months of use.
Your best course of action is to drop the extra bit of cash on a portable DVD player produced by a trusted manufacturer and save yourself money and stress in the long run.