Whether you're traveling or hanging out at home, portable DVD players are a hit with just about every member of the family.
They're smaller than a laptop and you can take them just about anywhere.
Consumer Reports just tested half a dozen of them.
The Mackie family recently bought portable DVD players for their kids. They find they come in very handy.
“If someone would like to see a show in the family room or if my husband and I would like to watch TV in the family room, then the kids can go watch their DVD players in their rooms." and the kids like having a portable DVD player too!
"I like it a lot because I can watch whatever I want. It's small and you can take it wherever you want."
Consumer Reports just tested six portable DVD players to see how well these on the move players perform. The prices range from $200 all the way up to $500.
The portable DVD players tested had 7 inch LCD screens. They chose that size because if it's smaller, it's hard to see the movie.
First testers looked at picture quality. Some were judged only fair with soft pictures that lacked clarity. Others were better with sharper images. Then testers assessed battery life, an improved consideration since you don't want the player to die in the middle of a movie.
Battery life ranged from 2 and a half hours to 4 and a half hours. Even the ones with the least amount of battery power which was two and a half should be sufficient for watching a 2 hour movie.
In the end, Consumer Reports testers found the $250 Mintek mdp-1720 did well in all of the tests. And the battery lasts for 3 and a half hours.
So if you're like the Mackies and want an occasional break from your kids' movies, it may be the way to go.
Consumer Reports says if you want a player that can handle epic movies consider a pricier player. A $500 one from Sony was top rated in the tests.
It's model dvp-fx 701. The battery life is an impressive four and a half hours.