When it comes to viewing movies on the go, you have a choice between using tablets and portable DVD players. Both devices have unique benefits to offer the avid cinephile, but which of the two best suits your needs and wants?
What You Have to Pay For
Money is a big factor, and this is where portable disk players have a distinct advantage over tablet PCs.
First off, the upfront costs. You’ll have to spend significantly less to buy portable DVD players when compared to tablets. For example, a pretty large 12.1-inch personal DVD player costs only $65 while a more compact 10-inch player clocks in at just $40. Compare this with a small 7-inch tablet PC, which costs $70, and the difference in price becomes much more visible.
Then there’s the data itself. If you’ve been collecting a ton of DVDs in the past, then you don’t need to buy any special hardware to access your collection. You can also spend significantly less if you choose to rent DVDs as well. Compare this to tablet PCs, which won’t be able to play DVDs unless you rip the image of the DVD to the tablet. This requires a separate PC or special hardware to do – something that will drive the costs even higher in the long run.
The Media You Consume
If you’re a cinephile that uses DVDs, then a portable DVD player is what you want. If you prefer streaming content though, then a tablet is the smarter choice.
Many cinephiles have expanded their movie collections with DVDs, as it’s a medium that is both reliable and affordable for delivering movies. A travel DVD player that you can bring along anywhere you go is thus the more sensible choice. On the other hand, tablets won’t be able to play DVDs without additional hardware – hardware that oftentimes costs just as much (if not more) than portable DVD players.
On the flipside though, some cinephiles have embraced the Internet as their primary source for video entertainment. Movies and shows streamed from sites like Netflix and Hulu will not work on mobile DVD players. That is unless the very same DVD players incorporate smart technology – effective bundling tablets and DVD players in one convenient but expensive package. This option only works, however, if you have access to the Internet in the first place.
The Weight and Space You’ll Need
This is where tablet PCs have a clear and distinct advantage over portable DVD players.
DVD players will need physical DVDs in order to function properly. A few dozen movies, and the collection starts to become rather bulky and heavy. Using a portable DVD player to sub for a car DVD player presents other problems as well, since the player will jump around as the car moves. This can cause movies to skip – a problem that tablets don’t share even when you move them around a lot.
Tablets, on the other hand, can rely on internal as well as external storage devices to hold movies in them. A one-terabyte external storage device can hold hundreds of movies in a very light package. If you want to cut down the size even further at extra cost, you can stock up on small micro SD devices to hold movies. You could even rip movies from DVDs and store them on hard drives. All expensive options, but they’re the lightest and most compact way of transporting your movie collection.
Keep these three factors in mind, and you’ll have an easier time understanding whether you want to go with a tablet PC or a dedicated portable DVD player!
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