VioreDTVI know this issue has been beat to death on the web. But, now it’s time for me to finally take a look. Wife wants a portable TV for work.  Needs to be ATSC (“DTV”) compatible, have good battery life, and most importantly, portable. She DOESN’T want a laptop.

I’ve found that almost all have battery life of ~1.5 hours and require external antenna for normal operation, regardless of advertising claims. Most have the same resolution and other technical specifications. Some have digital media players, some come with external antennas.  Some have carrying handles. I’m looking specifically at quality (from reviews) and price. Though a media player sounds cool, too.

I’ve listed what I’ve found below, including a composite of reviews from other sites (Amazon, AVN, etc.), and an average price.  All except Chinese TV’s for export because… what  are you, crazy? I’ve been burned enough by Chinese “technology.”

  • “Axion AXN-8701,”  GOOD reviews, short battery life, $89
  • “Haier HLT71”, BETTER reviews than axion,  2h+ battery, no media player, $94
  • “Tivax HiRez7”,  POOR reviews, poor battery system?, poor interface, poor manual, $105
  • “Insignia/Bestbuy NS-5HTV”, POOR reviews. 5″ screen, $discontinued?
  • “Audiovox PLV16081” , POOR reviews, audio problems, $discontinued?
  • “Viore PLC7V95”,  GOOD reviews, better quality, media player, hi-res, sleek design, $105
  • “Epoq EPT-LC7ATMkII”, -CHINA!
  • “Delstar (Any)”, -CHINA!
  • “Eviant T7,” GOOD reviews, glare problems, $110
  • “LCDDIGITAL”, POOR reviews, uses alkaline batteries, big as a briefcase, $350,
  • “Pegasus ST09″,   POOR Reviews, sleek design, 9” but lower-than-normal res screen, $116
  • Sansonic PT-705, , NO reviews, 2+ h battery claimed, $Discontinued?

 

I’m leaning toward the Viore, but Haier and Eviant are close seconds. I’d like to listen to anybody else’s experiences before I take the plunge.