Sure, there are plenty of run-of-the-mill portable DVD players that'll do an adequate job of playing back DVDs on screens ranging from 7 to 10 inches diagonally. But only a few models stand out from the crowd, and they tend to cost a bit more than the usually generic competition. Count Panasonic's DVD-LS91 among this select group. The LS91 is a near duplicate of its 2005 predecessor, the DVD-LS90, but it adds the AV input that was missing on the earlier model.
Weighing 2.75 pounds with battery and measuring 2.06 inches tall by 9.25 inches wide by 7.22 inches deep when closed, what sets the Panasonic DVD-LS91 apart is the swiveling armature design for its 9-inch screen. It allows you to easily adjust the angle and height of the display to cut down on glare--and you can fold the screen down to where it's almost flat, though not flat enough to truly qualify this model as a tablet-style portable.
Because of that armature, which meshes with the detachable battery on the back of the unit, the player looks a bit funky when closed, but when it's open, it's one of the more stylish portables we've reviewed. Its buttons are also well placed, with the main transport controls (chapter forward and back, repeat, stop, play, and pause) lined up along the front of the player where you sometimes might see speakers. The DVD-LS91's speakers are further back, near the armature's base. The player ships with a cigarette-lighter adapter and a nicely designed remote that's a cross between a standard-size DVD remote and a credit card-size model.