The 7 Best Portable DVD and Blu-Ray Players of 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch

NaviSkauto
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4.7

Released in late 2016, NaviSkauto’s 4.3 pound, 12.5-inch portable DVD/CD player is an outstanding choice for road trips or even watching from the comfort of your own couch. The 12.5-inch display offers a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and even swivels 270 degrees, so you can find the best angle for viewing. It rivals a 13-inch laptop, which makes lengthy viewing sessions more than manageable.

Fortunately, the inclusion of a powerful battery allows up to five hours of run time, so you’ll find enough juice for around two DVDs before needing to re-charge. Additionally, the NaviSkauto includes “last memory,” which offers error correction while playing and picks up where you left off with every new power up. Add in a USB/SD/MMC card reader for additional video formats and this portable DVD player is ready for the road.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: SYNAGY A10

SYNAGY A10
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3

Leave the iPad and the Internet-connected world at home with the 3.3-pound SYNAGY A10 portable DVD and CD player. Featuring a 10.1-inch TFT 1024 x 600 resolution display that swivels a full 270 degrees, this unit provides plenty of reason to skip out on tablet life and solely focus on your newest DVD pickup. The SYNAGY includes support for all types of DVDs and CDs, as well as JPEG images for viewing pictures on-the-go.

With 2.5-3 hours of battery life, there’s only enough room to watch one DVD before requiring a re-charge, but you can maximize battery life by lowering the sound of the speaker. Fortunately, you can re-charge the unit while on-the-go in a vehicle through an included car charger to avoid the battery life limitations altogether. Additionally, there’s an added USB port and SD card, as well as a remote control to round out the feature set.

Best Large Screen: DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player

3

With a large 14.1-inch display, the DR.J Professional Portable DVD Player offers a great combination of size and portability. The slightly-less-than-HD screen might not compare well against today’s best smartphone resolution, but it’s more than good (and large) enough for viewing multiple movies in a single session.

It takes a little adjusting out of the box to get the screen colors optimized, but if you want a big display that's still suited to a car headrest mount, the DR. J Professional may be the portable DVD player for you. The 270-degree swivel and 180-degree flipping allow for easy positioning no matter where you're traveling with it. Plus it only weighs about two pounds, which makes it exceptionally light and easy to pack despite its size.

Best Budget: Sunpin Portable DVD Player

For portable entertainment on a budget, a player with Blu-Ray support likely won’t be worth the significant extra cost. But a DVD player can still offer plenty of features and a quality viewing experience, which is what you’ll get with this Sunpin device. Its 9.5-inch TFT LCD screen delivers solid picture quality with enhanced brightness. You'll get decent audio from the built-in speakers, but as a bonus, dual earphone jacks let two people listen from separate sets of headphones at the same time.

Aside from playing most standard CD/DVD formats, the Sunpin player also supports a variety of digital media files from a USB drive or SD card. Included in the package is an A/V cable for sending the display to a TV, a headrest mounting case for watching in the backseat of a car, and a car charger for powering it up on the road. It weighs less than three pounds and can last up to five hours before needing to be recharged, so it makes a great travel companion. The player is available in black, blue, red, and purple color options.

Best for Kids: UEME 9-Inch Portable DVD Player

Movies are a great way to keep kids busy on long trips, and UEME offers a DVD player designed to do exactly that. It comes in two styles: blue with a racecar design or pink with a princess-and-unicorn design. The models are otherwise identical, with a nine-inch 800 x 480-pixel LCD display that can swivel 180 degrees. It plays essentially any DVD and CD format, as well as most digital video and audio files through a USB port and SD card slot that supports up to 32GB.

At home, you can power or charge it with the power cord and connect it to a TV with the included A/V cable. Some other DVD players geared toward kids come with bonus accessories like game controllers and headphones, but UEME’s device includes extras that make it perfect for travel — it comes with a canvas case to easily and securely mount the device to the back of a car headrest, along with a car adapter to keep it charged and a remote to control playback. When not plugged in, the battery can provide you with about four hours of entertainment for the kids. 

Best Display: Sylvania

Sylvania
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There’s little question a 15.6-inch portable DVD player will have you doing a double-take, but Sylvania knocks it out of the park with this laptop-sized screen. Featuring 270 degrees of rotation, the 15.6-inch display offers plenty of screen space to enjoy the latest DVD releases in a package that’s just 5.1 pounds. While it has just 2.5 hours of battery life, the built-in card reader allows the addition of MP4 and DIVX formatted movies to go beyond the DVD space.

If you want to get comfortable, fold the Sylvania flat and watch it in any position that feels best. There’s an additional remote control for controlling the player from a distance, as well as a car-powered AC adapter included for all the power you need while on a road trip. Additionally, the built-in dual full-range stereo speakers offer crisp and clear sound. With a large display and anti-shock playback to help avoid skips, this portable DVD player is hard to pass up.

Best Design: Sylvania 7-Inch Portable DVD Player

With many portable players sporting a similar boxy look with a swivel-screen design, the Sylvania SDVD7046 immediately stands out with its rounded shape and integrated carrying handle. Its vibrant color options—silver, black, blue, pink, red, and purple—allows you to personalize your pick beyond the standard black and silver.

This simple and lightweight device is built for on-the-go viewing and does the job well. It doesn’t have many extra functions, like the ability to connect to a TV or automatically resume playback from where you left off. It does, however, come with a remote and a set of earphones, in addition to its built-in speakers and audio input. Some users ran into issues with the battery not holding a long charge, but if you have opportunities to plug in and recharge, it’s a stylish and very portable companion for road trips. 

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How We Tested

We bought three top-rated portable DVD players and our reviewers spent more than 30 hours testing them. To get the most thorough results possible, they set them up, took them on the road, and watched hours of TV and movies to assess their performance. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these portable DVD players, from battery life to screen size. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Portable DVD Player

DVD or Blu-ray - Most portable players will only support standard DVDs, so if want to play your high-definition Blu-ray discs, be sure to check that the model you’re considering offers support for the format. Do note that Blu-ray players typically come with a much higher price tag than their DVD counterparts.

Screen size - Are you seeking out a small portable experience or something with a bit more viewing heft? Depending on your preferences, you can choose between players with smaller 9-inch screens or ones with laptop-style 15.6-inch displays for a more cinematic experience.

Battery life - The last thing you’d want is to have your player’s battery die before you’ve reached the end of your movie. Make sure that the unit you’re purchasing has enough battery life to make it through your next road trip or overseas flight.

Test Results: NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch (Best Overall)

4.7

What We Like

  • Sharp display quality

  • Lightweight build

  • Great for families

What We Don't Like

  • No way to hang on seat in car

  • Difficult to remove DVDs

NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch
NaviSkauto
NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch portable dvd player
NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch dvd player
NaviSkauto dvd player
NaviSkauto portable dvd player

“This is an excellent portable DVD player,” raved one of our testers. “I find it to be most useful for my children. We’re constantly in the car and it's so helpful to keep the little ones entertained.” In particular, our reviewers loved its lightweight build, sharp screen display, and long battery life. “I was able to watch two movies and it still had a charge,” one tester noted. On the other hand, one reviewer wished it was slightly more versatile for use in the car. “My child still had to keep it on her lap,” she explained, “because there’s no way to flip the screen flat to hang on the seat.” Our testers also wished it was easier to remove DVDs from the device. One person said, “While it's easy to open the lid and pop a DVD in, you almost have to reach in and grab it with a fingertip in this one spot where they made room to get it out.”

Test Results: SYNAGYA10 (Runner-Up, Best Overall)

3

What We Like

  • Very portable

  • Good-quality audio and image

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of menu button

  • Doesn’t balance well on soft surfaces

SYNAGYA10
Lifewire / James Huenink
SYNAGYA10
Lifewire / James Huenink 
SYNAGYA10
Lifewire / James Huenink 
SYNAGYA10
Lifewire / James Huenink 

Our tester liked that this DVD player worked right out of the box. He also felt that its screen and sound quality were “good for an inexpensive device with small speakers.” However, unfortunately, he felt that its lack of menu button on the control menu was a deal-breaker: “Once you start the DVD, you can't go to the menu without the remote,” he explained. “Even though everything else is about the quality you'd expect from an inexpensive device like this, that single problem ruins an otherwise quality product.”

Test Results: DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player (Best Large Screen)

3

What We Like

  • Lightweight build

  • Good image quality

  • Easy to copy music from CDs

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive

  • Lengthy recharge time

  • Battery life too short

DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player
Lifewire / James Huenink 
DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player
Lifewire / James Huenink 
DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player
Lifewire / James Huenink 
DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player
Lifewire / James Huenink
DR. J Professional 14.1-inch Portable DVD Player
Lifewire / James Huenink

“This product’s image quality is amazing,” raved our tester, “especially given how low the screen resolution is.” He also liked that when you sync it with a TV, you can turn its screen off: “Then you can focus only on the TV without distractions,” he said, “which looks nice.” On the other hand, he pointed out a design flaw: “The speakers are set in the base rather than the screen,” he explained, “so when you flip the screen, it covers up the speakers and muffles the sound.” He also felt that its battery life was terrible: “It took six hours to charge and played for only four and a half hours—much less than the seven hours the manufacturer claims.”