You may have seen unbranded headrest dvd player models in auto shops across the nation, they are unbranded but our friends at Sparco recommended them since they have been selling like hotcakes in their store recently. A quick look at Ebay shows that there are scores of these items going for good prices. We borrowed a set for the day to find out what they are like.
It’s possible that other manufacturers use this product to base their models on; opening the box gives no clear indication of any model or company. It is almost as if no one wants you to find out what these items are or who they are made by.
One thing is clear however – they are from China. You can tell this by the hilarious instructions that come with the product, which are written in vague broken English. Aside from the instructions the package also comes with dual channel headphones, game controllers, and remote controls for each unit.
Installation was simple enough despite the poorly written instructions, with the headrest arms being easily adjusted; they could be fitted into just about any make of car seat. The wires were not ran under the seat since I had to give it back later that day but that would just be a tidy-up operation.
The built in games, although branded as 32-bit, are nothing like modern games – think 1980’s or 1990’s videogames and you would be imagining the games on this system. A little novelty for the kids that may keep them silent for an additional hour or two, perhaps.
The picture quality on the model was surprisingly good, which was unexpected from an unbranded player. The manual claims that it runs Divx and other formats, and these run ok but the system struggled with more modern formats such as H.264. I ran a few different DVD’s on the system and they worked perfectly.The sound quality is also pretty good, with clear reproduction with enough bass to represent the action scenes properly.
Overall, this is a decent enough system, and for the price you cannot really have any complaints. If you are looking for a headrest DVD system that is good enough then these unbranded players are more than adequate. At the end of the day are your kids going to need fancy extras? Probably not, and you could do a lot worse than invest in a set of these if money is tight.