Portable TV

You’re camping, you’re in the car, maybe you’re at work. It’s the latest episode of your television series and you are without television access. Maybe you’re favorite sports team is in the playoffs and you’re stuck in an airport that’s not airing the game. With the technology of portable televisions, you are no longer at the mercy of your surroundings. Take control of your television viewing destiny.

One of the common misnomers of small televisions is people just expect too much of them. They want the sound quality and antenna strength to be just as good a normal TV, and that is just not realistic. One of the best things about the small televisions is some of them are so small they can be popped into a drawer when not in use. They’re great for people stuck in situations, such as lines and other mundane errands, where they need something to do to occupy their mind.

As it the case with any digital antennas, the strength of your signal is going to vary on many factors. In fact, because you have a smaller TV with a weaker antenna, this is even a bigger challenge. If you are in a highly obstructed area or out in the suburbs away from any towers, the problem gets worse. You may have to fiddle with the built in antenna until you get the best signal. If you’re in a car on a road trip, hitting dead zones or bad weather can wife the signal right off. Just don’t expect miracle and you’ll be fine.

Here are some examples of some bestselling models:

  • The COBY – 5″ LCD TV includes a detachable battery pack, a built in tuner, high output speakers and plays digital television.
  • The Audiovox – 3.5″ LCD TV includes a desk stand, plays in high resolution and has a built-in antenna. Channel coverage includes VHF 2-13 and UHF 14-69. Requires 4 AA batteries.
  • The Toshiba – 9″ CRT TV includes a card cord, a TV menu and can play DVD and CDs. This device also can easily hook up with video game consoles and camcorders, and an earphone jack is included. Channels include VHF 2-13, UHF 14-26 and cable channels 1-125.
  • The Philips RD – 5 comes with a card cord and earphone jack.

Other bestselling models include the Axion AXN-8701 7-Inch Widescreen Portable Handheld TV with Built-In Tuner; the Sony DVP-FX820 8-Inch Portable DVD Player; the Toshiba 15LV505 15.6-Inch Widescreen LCD TV with Built-in DVD Player; the Coby TFTV1022 10.2-Inch LCD TV; the Toshiba 19AV600U 19-Inch 720p Portable LCD HDTV; the Sansui DTV1300 13-Inch Color TV with ATSC/QAM Tuner; the Eviant T7 7-Inch Portable LCD TV; the Pegasus ST09 9-Inch LCD HDTV with ATSC Tuner; and the Toshiba 22AV600U 22-Inch 720p Portable LCD HDTV.

When purchasing a portable television, consider these things:

  • What kind of sound am I expecting? While some devices will have built in speakers, others will be headphones only.
  • What kind of quality am I looking for? Quality will vary among devices, and some will require an outside lighting source. Those with LCD screens can be difficult to see from certain angles.
  • What kind of channels do I want to see? While some TVs only offer basic channels form UHF and VHF, other can offer cable channels from 1 to 125.
  • What kind of power am I looking for? Some only need four AA batteries, while others can need as many as 9 D batteries. Others will come with power cords and power adapters.
  • Do I need this device to connect to other devices? Portable televisions range in their connectivity.
This Portable TV Review is Written/Updated on Sep 15th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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