Though it is not without some warts, no portable LCD television delivers as much value as the Eviant T7. The tuner has been tested in professional reviews, and it's found to be excellent. Receiving digital TV signals in some areas will still be a challenge using the built-in whip antenna, but that's the nature of digital TV signals. The included external antenna helps in that regard, reports say. Despite the relatively low resolution, picture quality is quite good and audio is surprisingly robust. The nonreplaceable battery is a major drawback, and the short run time between charges limits extended viewing on the road. We saw some early complaints that the car adapter cost more, but many retailers are now including it. The TV is getting harder to find at retail. Some may appreciate that it is available in red and white as well as black.
One drawback is the lack of Mobile DTV support -- an updated version of the digital broadcasting standard that allows better reception by mobile and handheld TV receivers. However, Mobile DTV is only available in a few larger markets at present, and few portable TVs support it. One that does is the RCA DMT-336R (*Est. $160). Though it is more expensive and has a much smaller screen -- just 3.5 inches -- reports say that its standard tuner is more sensitive than the one in the T7, and that Mobile DTV -- for those who can receive those signals -- delivers what it promises.
The Eviant T7 is the subject of a couple of reviews based on testing. The report at HDTVExpert.com is especially helpful for the way it tests tuner performance in a variety of settings. The report at CNET isn't as detailed. User reviews can be found at Amazon.com.
This is easily the most detailed report we've seen on the Eviant T7. Peter Putman benchmarks the tuner against one of the best set-top DTV boxes available, then takes the unit on the road for tests. Though some shortcomings are noted, Putman's bottom line assessment is that "Eviant's T7 delivers the goods."
Review: Classic Product Review: Eviant T7 Card Portable Digital TV (2009), Peter Putman
This report is shorter than and not as glowing as the one at HDTVExpert.com, but David Carnoy concludes that even with its limitations, the T7 is "a perfectly adequate little TV." Picture quality is clear and sharp, and sound volume is ample. The included external antenna does a notably better job of pulling in signals under tough conditions than other standard portable TVs. The nonremovable battery and short run-time between charges are the biggest negatives.
Review: Eviant T7, David Carnoy, Aug. 11, 2009
Opinions about the Eviant T7 vary widely here. Though many rate the TV either 4 or 5 stars, there are also a significant number of 1-star ratings. Most unhappy owners complain that they were unable to receive signals in their location. Happy owners, on the other hand, say they were able to pull in a significant number of channels.
Review: Eviant T7 7-Inch Handheld LCD TV, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com