Video:Buy a Portable DVD Playerwith Brett Larson
Portable DVD players make road trips a pleasant experience, especially if you have young kids to entertain. Find out what you should know before you hit the stores.See Transcript
Transcript:Buy a Portable DVD PlayerWhether you're taking a long road trip or flying cross country, nothing can cure a case of the 'are we there yet's' quite like a movie. And portable DVD players will allow you to play your favorite films and entertain you and your little ones for hours. Here are some tips on picking the right portable DVD player for your family.
Portable DVD Player SizeHere Size is one thing you should consider. When you're lugging around a bunch of bags, the last thing you need is a bulky, heavy portable DVD player.
Portable DVD Player WeightThe players can vary by several pounds. Look for the weight listed on the side of the box. The players with large rechargeable batteries attached are generally the heaviest. But you can expect most players to be lighter than your laptop.
Portable DVD Player ScreensThe size of the screen may be another deciding factor. Most portable DVD players have liquid crystal displays or LCD's that vary in size and sharpness. The smallest is about four inches. The larger ones are about 10 inches. Generally the larger the better, but expect to pay more money for bigger screens. If you are on a tight budget you could pick up a player without a built-in screen, but make sure you have something you can hook it up to, like a TV. Of course, that would defeat the purpose on an airplane. No one wants to bring a TV as a carry on.
Portable DVD Player BatteriesThe size of your screen won't matter, however, if you lose power. The last thing you want is to be left hanging in the middle of a movie or show because the player's battery died. So, it's important to ask how long the player's battery is expected to last in one viewing. The average amount of time is about 2 and a half hours, long enough for most movies. But some batteries offer up to five. You can also consider players that sport extra batteries. Though it means more weight to lug around, it means more time to watch your epics. We all know how Titanic ends, but you still want to watch it.
Portable DVD Player SoundSound is another feature to think about. All units are designed with built-in speakers. But most people will listen with headphones, so make sure you pick up a decent set to ensure optimum sound.
Other FeaturesToday's portable players can do a whole lot more than just play movies. They can also play MP3s, CDs and sometimes even CD-Rs, which means less gadgets to carry on your trip.
No matter which player you pick, there's little doubt these nifty, affordable devices can make your next big trip a much more entertaining experience.
I'm Brett Larson, About Gadgets
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