For the price and features, you should take a closer look
Another generic unbranded DVD headrest player, except this time the price is far more appealing. For whatever reason, the company behind these OEM players have updated the firmware in these headrests allowing more video formats to be displayed than the previous model. A number of improvements and a cheaper price point make these models more viable than ever before.
Installation is just the same as with the other unbranded DVD players we have tested, with the same Chinese instructions vaguely directing you on how to assemble the headrest and install it. The arms of the player can be adjusted easily enough, and you should be able to get a professional to install it for you or you could put it in yourself. It’s not that difficult to set up, in fact most of the time will be spent making sure that the cables are hidden away neatly in the seats.
So what do you get in this package? The answer is: “Quite a lot” – there are 2 DVD headrests, 2 game controllers, 2 remotes, and 2 sets of wireless headphones.
DVD headrest screen quality
The screens are pretty clear, with bright vivid images on the 7” screen. The screens are manufactured by Sharp, so there can be no doubts as to the quality of the displays. Since the last time I looked at these generic DVD players, it seems as though some resourceful individuals have managed to crack open the casing to discover that there are a lot of Sony hardware inside these headrests. While it is not clear on how much Sony hardware there is inside these units, there can be no doubt that they perform great for the price. They are very quiet even when playing a DVD, which is great since it really bugs me to have a constant whirr right behind my head while the kids are watching something! The viewing angle is good enough, with the image staying solid at a reasonable viewing angle.
The headphones are the weakest part of this package, with slightly tinny sound and not enough kick for action movies. However, they are perfectly functional for the price.
The game system is really just a collection of old arcade games, but it makes for an interesting diversion for a few hours, and adds in that extra little buffer of time for the kids to spend on long journeys before they get bored. The gamepads are lightweight and they can easily be stored under the seat.
One thing that I like is the zip cover on the headrest DVD players; this allows you to cover the screens so that the units look just like normal headrests while you are leaving the vehicle parked. This is a great feature, and more companies should take note of this kind of design.
Overall, when you consider the number of features you are getting for the price, and consider the impressive picture quality, these players would be ideal for someone on a tight budget, but who really needs something to keep the back seat passengers occupied. They may not excel or be the best in any one area, but as a combined package they really make good entry level DVD headrests for the family.