7th Nextbase SDV685
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The 8.5-inch screen is big enough for two people to watch together, and picture quality is reasonably good, although it does lack some clarity. The sound quality is good, although there is some background noise from the player. Headphones are provided. A two-hour battery pack can be added.
Ease of operation
Using the SDV685 is easy. The controls are all easy to find and easy to use. There is only one headphone socket, making it extremely hard for two people to share the screen. However, Nextbase does offer eight-inch dual screen players that allow two people to watch the same film (the SDV 685AM, 249.99) or two people to watch different films (the SDV685, 299.99).
Online discounts of just over 10% can be found, but you have to work hard to find them. However, we still think this is a player that's a worthy rival for units made by higher-profile manufacturers.
The player is well built, but the dark two-tone plastics that it is built from look and feel cheap. That's a shame, as this player is better than it looks and the actual build quality appears to be very good.
The player is DivX compatible and has a USB port for playing MP3 music file or showing jpeg picture files. A car power socket is included, as is a mains adaptor. A transmitter allows users to play the sound through a car's stereo, or to wireless headphones. A bracket can bought for mounting the screen onto the back of a car's headrest.