DVD Players

What You Need to Know About DVD Players

The right DVD player will make it easy to watch movies, see television shows, and even play music. Read on to find out more about selecting a DVD player that will match your needs and preferences.

Do you need HDMI or USB connections?

Almost all DVD players will need an HDMI connector to hook it up to the television. HDMI can transfer uncompressed audio and visual data at a high speed, so you get smooth picture and sound transfer. However, many computers and laptops only have USB ports, so if you want to use the DVD player with a laptop, you may want to find one that also uses USB connections. Another helpful benefit of a DVD player with USB ports is that you may be able to connect flash drives, headphones, and other USB devices to the player for added functionality.

What are some helpful features to look for?

When picking out your DVD player, here are a few features you may wish to consider:

  • Multiple disc capability
  • Compatibility with music CDs, video CDs, and CD-Rs
  • Surround sound capability
  • Adjustable brightness, darkness levels, and other settings
  • Recording capabilities
  • Universal remote control options
Does your DVD player need an internet connection?

Unlike Blu-ray players, an internet connection is not automatically required for all DVD players. However, many newer models do work best when you can connect them to the internet with Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. Some DVDs may require that you download firmware updates to make the player run more smoothly, and this is a lot easier when it is connected to the internet. Without the connection, updating your player can be an awkward task that involves running software discs or plugging in USBs. If you pick a player that comes with apps for video streaming, you will need an internet connection to get the online streaming perks.

What are some reasons to pick refurbished DVD players?

Refurbished players come with a few unique perks that can prove helpful for people shopping for DVD players. First of all, they tend to be more affordable than brand-new devices, so you can save money. Since they have been fixed up to "like new" condition, you do not have to worry about any major operative errors when you start using the player. Another nice perk of refurbished players is that you can find good quality versions of models no longer being manufactured if you happen to like a specific type of player that is not in production anymore.