The Paw Patrol 9" portable DVD player is a laptop-shaped device roughly comparable in size to a large tablet with one of those keyboard attachments (or remember those tablet-sized mini-laptops?), which consists of a DVD player, its attached viewing screen, AC power cord (actually a Micro USB to USB 2.0 cord + wall charger, thus easy to replace if it ever gets lost), 2 child-size pairs of headphones, a line splitter (so 2 kids can listen at the same time without disturbing nearby adults), a carrying case, and both English & French versions of the user manual. I actually ended up testing 2 of these devices -- the first one wouldn't recognize DVDs inserted into it. Fortunately, Walmart & the manufacturer were super about replacing the defective device with a functional one. (Parents helping Santa get one of these for their kids, though, should test the device to confirm that it works before turning it over to the "elves" for wrapping -- better that Santa's sleigh be a bit slow than risk having kids in tears come Christmas morning over a "broken" present!)
Not wanting to use up whatever charge was already in this DVD player's built-in battery, I mostly used this while plugged into an outlet in the home. (Theoretically, you could use a separately-purchased car charger to power this via the 9V outlet/"cigarette lighter" in your car, but that would only work for a child in the front passenger seat, as a USB cord long enough to reach the back seat would probably interfere with safe operation of a car.) One slides the on/off switch on the side of the machine to turn it on, and you're then greeted by a Paw Patrol welcome screen. A push button to the lower right of the Paw Patrol logo on the base opens the DVD loading area. (It's actually easier to close the lid by placing one's entire palm on it (the way a young child might), rather than using one's fingertips.) Instead of a remote control, 2 circle-shaped controls (kind of like those on some MP3 players), plus stop & play/pause buttons in the space between the circles, allow one to adjust the volume, navigate on-screen menus, etc.. There are plug-ins for the charging cable, the headphones (a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, so parents can use adult-size headphones if desired), SD memory cards, and a USB port.
I was able to play 2 animated superhero cartoon DVDs (one a commercial recording, the other a DVD-R) without any problems, as well as a music CD. The built-in speakers were loud enough for listening if one is seated nearby, and both the included child-size headphones and my old adult-size headset provided plenty of sound as well. (The child-size headphones may be volume-restricted; I had to turn down the volume on my adult-size headphones to reach a comfortable listening level.) This device did continue operating after I unplgged the charging cable, so I assume there was some charge in the built-in battery when it arrived.
Parents willing to read through the User Manual before turning their kids loose with this device can also learn that discs containing MP3 or JPG files can be played on this device, as well as how to set up parental controls (which could be useful if there's any concern about kids might possibly try loading a disc with inappropriate content, such as movies with popular characters which got PG-13 ratings for graphic violence).
The packaging suggests that the Paw Patrol 9" portable DVD player is suitable for children of ages 2 and up; however, parents will want to not only confirm that everything is in working order before their kids use this, but also show their kids the basics of how to operate this before the children use it unsupervised. Assuming that's done, though, this can be a great way to entertain kids on road trips (esp. if you remember to recharge it for them at rest stops and overnight), and the cute Paw Patrol branding should keep young children playing with this instead of the fancy-but-plain electronic devices of older siblings and parents. (And discourage those older siblings & parents from swiping their little brother/sister's DVD player!) Recommended.