Review (September 2009)
By Kevin Nakano
Eviant has introduced the new T7 portable digital television, complete with an integrated ATSC/NTSC tuner for receiving the latest free local digital broadcasts as well as any traditional analog broadcasts (where available). The T7 features a 7-inch 16:9 screen with a resolution of 480x234 and a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that lasts up to 2.5 hours. The T7 has curved edges that give it a stylish appearance and is available in glossy black, white and red. The unit measures 7.3” W x 5.7” H x 1.1” D and weights approximately 1.4 pounds.
The T7 includes a Quick-Start Guide to get users going without having to read through the manual. Simply plug it in, run the auto-scan for available channels and the television is ready to go. The attached antenna extends 26-inches and has fairly good reception (even indoors). However, depending on your location, reception performance will vary. Here in Los Angeles, the auto-scan found 63 channels using the external antenna connected to the unit.
The Audio menu has a Balance control for the two built-in speakers. The user can also select the Prefer Language and the Audio Language for ATSC channels. The Audio Language choices are dependent on the signal being broadcasted. Some of the channels here in Los Angeles were English while others appeared in Spanish.
The Time menu selects the On-Screen Display (OSD) Duration (15-sec, 30-sec, 45-sec, or 60-sec). The Time Zone (Hawaii, Alaska, Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, or Atlantic) determines the actual time based on the Daylight Saving Time (On or Off) setting. Once the time is determined by the ATSC over-the-air data, it will displayed in the Clock area.
The Option menu selects the Language (English, French, or Spanish) to be used for the menu names. The Transparency mode changes the OSD look and is a personal preference. I preferred it set to Off because it is easier to read the OSD data. The Color Mode (Normal, Warm, or Cool) changes the color temperature of the display. The Warm setting looked too reddish on skin tones. The Zoom Mode (Auto, 4:3, or Wide) selects the aspect ratio. The CC Mode can be set On or Off. The Basic Selection (CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4, Text1, Text2, Text3, or Text4) and the Advance Selection (Service 1 - 6) can also be set. The Restore Settings reloads the original configuration data.
The Channel menu sets the Antenna type (Air or Cable) and is used to start the Auto Scan or Auto Scan Add CH. Channel labels are automatically assigned to the digital channels, but can be edited by the user. Once the channels are determined, the user can choose to skip any of the selected channels in the lineup.
The front of the T7 has an indicator light on the lower front that lets the user know when the power adapter is connected. The indicator is red when the unit is charging and blue once the battery is full. The navigation/channel/volume controls in the lower right are backlit when pressed.
- Kevin Nakano
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