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We'd like to replace our car dvd player for our 4 and 7 yr old dc.  

 

We've been using dh's old work laptop, so the kids got used to a nice, big screen.  Good portable dvd players seem to cost nearly as much as a cheap laptop, with much smaller screens.  We'll need to replace our desktop soon, but I can't see risking our only home computer in the backseat.  We also never found a way to adequately secure the laptop to keep it from potentially becoming a missile in an accident.

 

Can anyone suggest the best thing to buy? 

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I'm wondering this, too. After going through 3 portable dvd players (the batteries die but then we still use it plugged in but then the screens seem to go) ds just got a 4th for his birthday. Which didn't work so we're in the process of exchanging it (waiting for the store to get more). But they are obviously something that just don't last despite the limited use. Unless it's just us! We've had *good* ones, too - not cheapies and they don't last long so I was just going to buy a cheap one next.

 

Anyway, we used to have a laptop and used that, too, but I did find it kind of bulky - both in size and also in starting it up and shutting it down just to watch a dvd. I know there are some that you can attach to the back of the head rests of the front seats but I am not sure that would work with our headrests and the ones I've seen all have two screens (and are more expensive) which we don't need.

 

I do hope to get another laptop soon and then we can use that again. Otherwise...I don't know. Is there something like an iPad type thing but that will also play discs? Screen size doesn't matter too much to us but I understand what you're saying about the cost of a cheap laptop versus the dvd player.


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Yes,  the start-up time for a laptop is a drawback, as is the battery life.  But there must be something better than the poorly-made, small dvd players...

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Anyway, we used to have a laptop and used that, too, but I did find it kind of bulky - both in size and also in starting it up and shutting it down just to watch a dvd. I know there are some that you can attach to the back of the head rests of the front seats but I am not sure that would work with our headrests and the ones I've seen all have two screens (and are more expensive) which we don't need.



We have the type that attaches to the headrest.  It came with two screens, and the player stays up front with me, pluged into the car.  We have had it for years now.  It wasn't top of the line, but we don't use it a lot.  I like it because kids can sit properly and still see the screen.  We have had issues with one screen now.  But, it works occasionally.  I expect that it will die soon.  However, we don't really need two screens anymore, so I am happy that I won't have to buy a new system--I will just keep using the other screen. :)

 

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We have the type that attaches to the headrest.  It came with two screens, and the player stays up front with me, pluged into the car.  We have had it for years now.  It wasn't top of the line, but we don't use it a lot.  I like it because kids can sit properly and still see the screen.  We have had issues with one screen now.  But, it works occasionally.  I expect that it will die soon.  However, we don't really need two screens anymore, so I am happy that I won't have to buy a new system--I will just keep using the other screen. :)

 

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So there are 3 pieces - the player and then 2 screens? And you can use one screen independently of the other? I wasn't sure. If that's the case - so it's really like getting two players in one - that's not bad. How do they attach to the headrest?

 

We did get a new one - that works - this week so we'll see how long that one lasts now. It has a 10" screen which seems to be one of the biggest.


 


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So there are 3 pieces - the player and then 2 screens? And you can use one screen independently of the other? I wasn't sure. If that's the case - so it's really like getting two players in one - that's not bad. How do they attach to the headrest?

 

We did get a new one - that works - this week so we'll see how long that one lasts now. It has a 10" screen which seems to be one of the biggest.


 



Yep, 3 pieces.  They attach to the headrest with big velcro straps.  Once attached, you can adjust the tilt, etc.  


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