Back in the day, when you went off to college you usually brought with you whatever you could scrounge from home— silverware, a dresser, maybe an old couch, and if you were lucky the old TV from the basement. Now that TV broadcasts have changed over from analog to digital, that old TV doesn’t cut it anymore. So as a shout-out to my nephews Dan, Ben, and Nick and my nieces Molly and Allison who all started their college careers this week, we take a look at Eviant’s neat little T7 7" portable digital TV.
Eviant’s T7 is a good fit for any dorm room or apartment. Measuring 7.3”x 1.1”x 5.7” and weighing in at 1.4 lb., it is also portable enough to take to your friend’s room or the library. The T7 features a 16:9 widescreen format, crystal-clear digital picture (480x234- sharp for a TV this size), an ATSC/NTSC TV tuner, rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, stereo speakers, and a sleek design in a range of colors including glossy black, white, and red. Accessories include an AC adapter, AV cable, remote control, additional external antenna for use in remote areas, and a protective carrying pouch.
While new and shiny, it also integrates a partially retro look, sporting a “rabbit ears” antenna like that old analog TV in the basement. The T7 is an ultra-thin digital TV that is capable of receiving free, digital channels without converter boxes or subscription TV services. For students who are increasingly relying on over-the-top video (OTT) from sites like Hulu, the Eviant T7 serves up a staple of complimentary over-the-air (OTA) content from local channels ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS (depending on geography and antenna strength). Budget-conscious students can enjoy TV programs without paying for a cable subscription, including their favorite reality shows, news, soap operas, and prime time programs.
While perfect for dorm rooms, Mom and Dad might find it useful in an office, on a kitchen counter, on the patio, at sporting events, or to take camping – virtually anywhere you want to watch television.
The Eviant "Card" series 7-inch digital portable TV is available now in leading retail outlets with a MSRP of $169.99. It’s not that cheap, but considering its portability and versatility and the quality of its design, we expect it to find a home in more than a few dorm rooms. Uncle Brian says: just don’t bring it to class.