It would seem, why buy a compact TV if you can get a tablet for the same price? It’s simple: if you like to watch movies and shows, you will need a large amount of traffic for your tablet. Moreover, not everyone and not everywhere has high-quality mobile Internet yet: even a couple of tens of kilometers from Moscow there are areas with poor coverage. A TV (even if it’s so small) is free video content that you can get without a big investment.
Here is one of the possible options — the device Hyundai H‑LCD900 (hello Hyundai Solaris owners) with a 9‑inch screen. The package includes chargers for power supply from 220 and 12V networks, a control panel, a miniature antenna and an AV cable for connecting video sources.
The main control buttons are located on the top panel. And the explanations for them are actually on the back. This is not very convenient: you either have to remember the assignments of the buttons, or look in, tilt the TV and peek. Could you get out of the situation by making buttons of different shapes, although here we are more likely to find fault — well, when was the last time you controlled the TV with buttons on the case? There is also a remote control, convenient and miniature.
The power switch can be felt on the left side. All the necessary connectors are also there: USB, AV-in, microSD memory card slot, and, of course, sockets for connecting an antenna and power. Behind there is also a folding leg, which allows you to install the TV on a horizontal surface.
The TV can work with analog and digital signals (there is support for DVB‑T/T2 standard). A 1200 mAh battery is mounted inside the device, so the absence of an external power source will not interfere with watching TV programs.
The screen resolution is modest by today’s standards (800 * 480), but the viewing angles are large enough, so there will be no problems with viewing with the whole family or company. The volume is also likely to be enough, unless, of course, you are not going to a construction site. Otherwise, you can either connect external speakers or use headphones.
The list of settings is fairly standard. You can adjust the image as needed (contrast, brightness, sharpness, or just mode), set the shutdown time, or even set a password. There are also sound settings, but they are rather arbitrary: there is no particular point in adjusting the frequencies, as well as trying to turn on the surround sound mode.
But the main question — how high-quality image does the TV provide? As practice shows, it strongly depends on the place where you are going to watch the programs, or rather, on the remoteness of this place from the signal source. After all, most often compact TVs are taken to picnics, to the country house or just on a trip.
Do not expect miracles with the Hyundai H‑LCD900 either — a miniature antenna cannot provide signal reception at a distance of several tens of kilometers from the “tower”. True, in our office, from the window of which the Ostankino Tower is perfectly visible in all its glory, the device, even with this antenna, successfully caught 18 programs, and demonstrated them almost flawlessly — of course, adjusted for the low resolution of the matrix. In the center of Moscow, only two channels were found in acceptable quality, in the south the same two were already working with terrible interference. We connect the general house antenna — and again the image with minimal noise.
It was not possible to start the video from the flash drive the first time — the source was simply not in the list. We turned to the manufacturer for help, and they sent us an “activation code”: you need to press the keys “4”, “3”, “2”, “1” on the remote control. It worked! The video plays without any problems: the video we downloaded in HD quality “spun” without brakes. The built-in player allows you to perform all the necessary operations: scroll the video forward and backward, speed up playback, set up repeat, display subtitles … By the way, unlike tablets, you can connect a USB flash drive directly here.
What is the result? If you have a TV source and aren’t too picky about picture quality, the Hyundai H‑LCD900 is a good choice. Otherwise, it’s better to look not even at another TV, but at a tablet, not Internet TV.
Memory card slot and USB connector
Digital signal support
Good screen viewing angles
Low resolution matrix
Poor reception with stock antenna
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