The Bottom Line
- Units strap onto headrests, so installation is a breeze.
- Second screen has inputs that can feasibly be used to hook up an alternate video source.
- Primary DVD/screen unit can operate off either AC or DC power.
- Doesn't have to be wired permanently into the electrical system of your vehicle.
- Primary DVD/screen unit doesn't have any video or audio inputs.
- No remote control.
- DVD playback is a little touchy.
- Questionable build quality, so hold on to your receipt.
- Two 7-inch TFT LCD screens that conform to the 16:9 aspect ratio.
- One screen includes a DVD player. The other screen is merely a display.
- Includes mounting straps and all the necessary cables and connections. Both AC and DC power cords are provided.
Guide Review - Philips PD7012 Headrest DVD Review
If you're looking for a cheap option that can keep your kids entertained on those long road trips, the Philips PD7012 will probably fit the bill nicely. The package includes two screens and everything you'll need to hook them up. Since the installation isn't permanent, you can also move the screens between vehicles or even bring them along in a rental car. You can even bring the main DVD unit inside and plug it into the wall since the package includes an AC adapter.
However, the PD7012 has a number of glaring omissions and other drawbacks. The biggest potential issue is that only one of the screens includes a built-in DVD player. That means both passengers have to watch the same DVD. The second screen does include an input that could feasibly be hooked up to another video source, but that would require a second portable DVD player.
The PD7012 also lacks a remote, and the DVD playback is a little touchy. It's sometimes necessary to fiddle with the screen before the DVD player will start up, which makes the unit unsuited for very small children.