Portable DVD player, minimum size

Submitted: Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:15
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The archives suggest 7" is the go, ( why are they not sold in cm's ) With 2 kids in the back and this size balanced somehow on the centre console, will they be happy with such a small screen.
Spotted the same voxson in 2 places, one $299, the other $399, anyone used this brand.
One other thing, swmbo gets car sick if she reads, has anyone had problems with kids getting carsick while watching a dvd or playing with all the other electronic gadgetry available today.
Dean
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Reply By: BenSpoon - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:27

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:27
I've got a 7" touchscreen in mine- does the job well on full screen movies. You could go bigger, but the dramas of the extra weight, size and extra costs are not worth it in my opinion.
Carsick- yes, it still happens but I've found it takes much longer. I guess its like watching a movie on a plane. Sometimes you just have to stop looking at it.
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Reply By: Capt. Wrongway - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:29

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:29
G'day Dean,
I recently installed a set-up in my Prado for my son ( and mates ) to watch on long trips. Ended up pulling it out and installing it in the van. My son had suffered from car sickness in the past but only on rare occasions. After putting this system in he was getting sick in about 20 minutes, every time he turned in on. That was no fun ...for him or me.
I suggest that you only install it in tempory fashion, and try it out, especialy if your kids are prone to car sickness.
Works well for everyone in the van though.
Regards,
Bazza.
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Reply By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:29

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:29
Play the DVD"s on your laptop Dean, that is the best way to see if especially if the screen cannot be right in front of the kids.
Karen
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Follow Up By: Spade Newsom - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 23:00

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 23:00
If you have a lap top that plays DVDs give it a go, or if you buy a lap top make sure it plays DVDs. The screen it large and picture is excellent. Give them each a set of headphones (headphone jacks splitters etc from dick smith) and listen to the intermittent laughing and giggling as you drive in peace.
Get a car adapter kit.

Not real good for the lap top so set it up right.

Spade Newsom
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Reply By: flappa - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:48

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 13:48
7 inch would be bare minimum for 2 kids. I think its a 9 inch that would be better.

We use a laptop (14 inch) , but mainly because 4 kids watch it.

Maybe one of those dual screen ones might work. I think they are slightly smaller , ie 5 inch , but , its one each directly in front (hang them off the seat backs).

I've seen them for about $500 I think.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:13

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:13
For 2 kids get one of those units with 2 screens. Mount a screen on the back of each front seat headrest. Otherwise the veiwing angle will be all screwed up and kids will get sore necks trying to watch it.
Dual 7" screen systems available around $500-$600.
A 7" screen is fine for size as the veiwing distance is only about 2-3ft. Any bigger at this range is a nuisance.
If you try to use a system balanced on the centre console it will get in your way when driving the car. Not safe.
Wether or not they get carsick depends on the kid. My daughter is fine but her best freind is not, gets sick at the drop of a hat...

Cheers, John.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:43

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:43
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If you try to use a system balanced on the centre console it will get in your way when driving the car. Not safe.

Use either a large loop of elastic or velcro . . . she no go nowhere.

For the lighter ones , you can stick a couple of pieces of velcro on the bottom of the unit , and the opposite on the console . . . stays put pretty good.
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:37

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:37
Mate, I'm 6'4 and if there's anything on the console I'll hit it with my elbow. End up with a smashed screen or out of control car, neither scenario is very acceptable to me ;-p

Cheers.....
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Follow Up By: flappa - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 16:13

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 16:13
fair call.

I'm just over 6 ft, and the console gets used , in this vehicle, as an arm rest.

it has worked well though in other vehicles
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Reply By: Matt (W.A.) - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:40

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:40
Dean,
I bought a 15” LCD TV off eBay From a Guy In Melbourne I think? Which sits between the two front seats For $480.00 including Postage to W.A. and I have plugged the Xbox and the PS2 into it and its great the beauty of the Xbox is that I have a 200Gig Hard Drive in it to store the Movies and Xbox Games on so there’s no need for Disks floating around in the forby and my 2 Boys (6 and 11) watch it when we’re traveling and neither of them get Car Sick they can also watch Free to air TV when we’re stationary but we don’t let them………..
!MPG:9!
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:44

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:44
What's wrong with the big screens to the left & right of them???

Much better entertainment.
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Follow Up By: Matt (W.A.) - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:47

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 14:47
I agree totally, but even 7 hours in the Forby to Kalbarrie (Spelling!) is a long tome to keep the Boys from ripping each other to shreds!
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Reply By: allaussie - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:58

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 18:58
Dean i have a 6.5 screen in the roof of our paj with a jvc dvd/cd/tuner with daul sound.. ok yoousay daul sound it lets the kids watch the movie with infered head phones this lets me listen to the radio price for the jvc is $529 the screen cost $340 and folds down from the roof when we need it ps my five girls love it cheers chris
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Reply By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 19:41

Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 19:41
Hi Dean,

lot's of advice already, but I have another option.

I purchase 2 x Shinco 7" units from Strathfield Car Radios for I think about $320 each. I know that's $640 all up, but they each have a screen in front of them up at eye level and they don't get car sick. Also, and this is a BIG bonus for us, they can watch different movies.

They have their headsets on and the units come with a carry/storage bag that neatly hangs off the seats. There should be a pic in my profile, I'll check when I submit and add it if it isn't there.

I agree with comments above regarding the windows to the left and right, but with a 4yo girl and 6yo boy, I just can't get enough K's in without an occassional quiet time movie.

Cheers,

Jason.

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Reply By: Croozer - Friday, May 06, 2005 at 21:01

Friday, May 06, 2005 at 21:01
Dean,
I have a portable 7" dvd player that I sit on the console (heaps of room) of my 100 series, and my 2 girls have no problems seeing it from either side of the back seat. Its not my preferred option for rear seat entertainment (windows are better) but it can be worth its weight in gold for those long boring stretches.

Stu
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