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Last year I was taking my son to Quebec City from Long Island. It's about 12 or more hours north of here. I have family in Quebec and I wanted to treat my son to ...

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Last year I was taking my son to Quebec City from Long Island. It's about 12 or more hours north of here. I have family in Quebec and I wanted to treat my son to a wonderful vacation. I thought about purchasing a portable VHS system for my car (the type that are in a bag and hang off the back of a seat) and started looking around. I stopped at Best Buy and spoke to a young teen in the car audio section. Now, normally, I resist discussing things with the teenagers in any type of store. They usually just read the box to me. But, this teen said to me, "have you thought about a portable DVD player?"

Honestly, I had not. The idea was to put the DVD player on the center console so that my son could see the video. The Toshiba had the largest display (at the time) of 7inches. The resolution is so crisp and clear that a 7-inch screen is actually very easy to watch (even if you're not 5 years old and love Scooby doo).

What's great about the portable DVD is that it's not exclusively for the car and travel. It can easily link up with any full-size television so that you can watch DVDs in the hotel, at home, camping, etc. I love the

Toshiba Portable DVD

player. I hooked my son up with a premium set of headphones (because the internal speaker isn't that great for sound). He likes the

Koss Collapsible Headphones with Carry Case.

I was able to listen to books on CD while my son watched movies.

While the DVD player has a battery, it will eventually run dry. You should have a backup source of power. I have a

Car Cigarette Lighter Power Supply

. It's really a must-have for car trips. You plug it into the car lighter and have a regular power supply for computers, DVD Players, or anything else that needs a plug!

2003, Claudine M. Jalajas