The 7 Best Portable DVD and Blu-Ray Players to Buy in 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: NaviSkauto 12.5-Inch

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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

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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 Budget: DBPOWER 9.5-Inch Portable DVD Player

Technology has a come a long way, and as a result, DVD players have mostly gone the way of the cassette player. But, if you’re looking for a portable device to play movies on your next trip and don’t want to break the bank, there are still some really great options out there. This 9.5-inch DVD player from DBPOWER gives you a lot for its under-sixty-dollars price tag. The 9.5-inch swiveling screen offers a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, which isn’t bad for the screen size (especially considering you’ll be watching it at a close distance). There’s a built-in rechargeable 2,500 mAh battery that the manufacturer has clocked at about 5 hours of playback time. It supports DVDs and CDRs and they’ve even included USB ports and an SD card slot to give you further options for media playback. There’s an A/V output so that you can attach it to a larger screen if you want, and the whole thing weighs only two and a half pounds so it will easily go wherever you need it to. 

Best Battery Life: THZY DR.J Portable DVD Player

With a large 14.1-inch display, the THZY DR.J Portable DVD Player offers a great combination of size, portability and battery life. The 1200 x 800 TFT 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. The 270-degree swivel and 180-degree flipping allow easy positioning, so you can quickly get comfortable on a couch, in a chair or even on a plane. Shock resistant, the THZY hardware can take a tumble and keep on going while its seven-hour 6000mAh battery life can help get through two to three movies in one go depending on title length. Available accessories include a car seat adapter that allows children in the backseat to watch DVDs while the DR.J is suspended on a headrest. Additionally, an included remote control allows for easy operation if the DR.J is mounted on a table in front of you.

Best Display: 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: NaviSkauto 10.1-Inch

The four-pound NaviSkauto 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display offers a completely new form factor for the portable DVD world. The kickstand-based design is thinner and more portable in a tablet-style form factor that’s easier to transport and set up. As a bonus, the NaviSkauto is IP67 waterproof, which makes it suitable for all elements, including use by the pool or ocean for the little ones or the adults. It has a battery life of five hours before requiring a re-charge.

Best Splurge: Sony BDPSX910

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Sony’s BDPSX910 portable Blu-ray player is a fantastic choice with a high price of admission. While it may cost you a little more than some other choices, the two-pound Sony offers a super nine-inch high-resolution display that swivels 180 degrees, including a flat-viewing orientation that should feel very familiar to tablet users. The included battery is good for up to 4.5 hours of viewing time, which makes it ready to take on approximately two full-length movies before requiring a re-charge.

It also has an included HDMI output that instantly transforms the Sony unit into a standard Blu-ray disc player that hooks up to any HDMI-ready television. Optional touch-sensitive keys surround the display with easy and familiar options such as play, stop, fast forward and pause.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 15 hours testing a top-rated portable DVD player. To get the most thorough results possible, they set it up, took it on the road with them, and watched hours of TV and movies to assess its performance. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this portable DVD player, from its battery life to its 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)


What We Like

  • Sharp display quality

  • Long battery life

  • 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 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.”