Product Review (September 2009)
Eviant - T7 Portable Digital Television

By Kevin Nakano


Eviant T7 Portable Digital TelevisionEviant 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.

Eviant - T7 AccessoriesAccessories
The T7 includes an AC adapter, AV cable, remote control with holder, an additional external antenna, and a protective carrying pouch. The 4-foot A/V cable has standard RCA connections on one side and a 3.5mm stereo plug and a 3.5mm video plug on the other. The 6-inch high external antenna has a strong magnetic base and comes with a 5-foot cable. If users happen to be near any older CRT type displays, it must be kept away to prevent screen problems. The newer LCD displays are immune to static magnets. The soft carrying case protects the unit from dust and scratches and makes it easy to keep all the items together. The remote sits in a holder that attaches to the back of the T7. This is a nice feature since remotes often get lost, especially these small ones.

Eviant T7 RemoteIR Remote
The remote included with the T7 is a small compact design similar to those that accompany camcorders. It measures only 3-3/8" x 1-5/8" x 1/4" and weighs 0.7 ounces. The remote is powered by a small 3V CR2025 lithium cell battery. The remote has excellent range and works well over 10 feet from the T7 unit. The remote holder that attaches to the back keeps the remote in place. There are a total of six tactile buttons on the front of the remote. Four navigation buttons and a Menu button are used to change the many settings in the menu screens. The navigation buttons also control the volume and channel selection on the T7. The CH+10 button changes channels by 10 at a time. There is no backlighting on this remote, so you will have to memorize the functions.

T7 Video Menu
T7 Audio Menu
T7 Time Menu
T7 Setup Menu
T7 Antenna Menu

Menus
The menus on the T7 are grouped into one of five categories. The Picture menu selects the Source (TV or AV inputs). The AV cables supplied with the unit allow other video sources to be used with the T7. The Picture Mode (Standard, Dynamic, Soft, or Personal) allows users to select four different video modes, each with individual adjustments for Contrast, Brightness and Color Saturation. My preference was the Standard or Soft setting.

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.

Eviant T7 ConnectionsConnections
The T7 has all of its interfaces on the right side of the unit. The power switch, power input jack, audio and video inputs and the headphone jack are all located there. The speakers located at the base of the left and right sides are automatically muted when headphones are plugged into the unit.

Operation
The T7 is easy to use and offers a good picture for a portable unit. Resolution could be better especially since the over the air source material has the potential to be excellent. The type of the LCD used in this display is the limiting factor for resolution. The good news is there was virtually no motion artifacts that I could see with the source material being played.

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.

Conclusion
The Eviant T7 is a compact and portable television, complete with the latest digital tuner for watching over-the-air broadcasts. The performance is impressive for a product retailing for $169.99 and provided reliable television from free over-the-air programming. The T7 unit can be used with other video sources such DVD players in dorm rooms or connected to small media players. We found it useful for other portable applications such as setting up security cameras, allowing us to point our cameras and adjust them in real-time. The T7 is ideal for those with limited space and offers the ability to take it places where power is simply not available.

- Kevin Nakano




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Review at a glance


Eviant - T7 7-Inch Portable TV


Features

  • 7-inch Screen Size
  • 480 x 234 Screen Resolution
  • Built-in ATSC/NTSC Tuner
  • Built-in Rechargeable Battery
  • 16:9 Wide Screen Aspect Ratio
  • Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • 6 Button Remote Control

Package Contents

  • AC Adapter
  • External Antenna
  • IR Remote Control
  • Protective Pouch
  • AV Cable

Model: E7
Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $169.99

Eviant T7 Quick Start Guide
Eviant T7 User Manual

Company Information
Eviant
1661 Fairplex Drive,
La Verne, CA 91750
Technical Support
1-866-935-4396


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