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Review of Accurian 7” Portable Handheld LCD TV, Model 16-454

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Review of Accurian 7” Portable Handheld LCD TV, Model 16-454

Radio Shack's Accurian 7" Portable Handheld TV

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The Bottom Line

This is a product review of Accurian’s 7” portable handheld TV, model 16-454, that is sold exclusively at Radio Shack.

My overall impression of the Accurian 16-454 is good because of its portability and reliable reception when using the external antenna. Consider buying the extended warranty. The TV I reviewed had a dead pixel and I worry about the lifespan of the lithium-polymer battery.

Picture quality was better than expected but there are times when it looked like I was watching the picture through a screen.

Reception was inconsistent with the telescopic antenna but reliable with the external antenna.

Pros

  • Built-in ATSC digital tuner and antenna. Also includes external antenna with 16' cord.
  • Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery lasts two hours before requiring a charge.
  • Excellent reception of digital channels when using external antenna.

Cons

  • Had a defect on the picture - a dead pixel.This is a concern for longterm picture health.
  • Wish it was capable of using typical household batteries. It wasn't.
  • Inconsistent reception of digital channels when using telescopic antenna.

Description

  • The Accurian 16-454 is a 7” widescreen TFT LCD panel that measures L 7.28” x H 1.26” x W 5.9”. It weighs 1.43 lbs.
  • The Accurian 16-454 features a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer 7.2 Volt battery and telescopic antenna.
  • In the box is a remote control, external antenna, A/V cable, AC adapter, car adapter, F connector, and user’s guide.
  • The remote control comes with a lithium cell battery. The external antenna has a magnetic mount and a 16' cable.
  • The F connector is L shaped, which will help with connecting the external antenna or another device with a RF cable.
  • Product packaging is made with cardboard and is recyclable. Plastic wrapping is also recyclable.
  • The panel, which is encased in a black matte-finished plastic, has a built-in tabletop stand and is fitted for a tripod.
  • The panel's front features power, menu, channel, enter, input, and wide buttons.
  • The panel's left-side features a headphone input, volume control, and screen brightness dimmer;
  • The panel's right side features a RF input, AV input, power input, and power light.

Guide Review - Review of Accurian 7” Portable Handheld LCD TV, Model 16-454

Accurian 16-454: The Picture

I wasn't disappointed in the picture even though images had limited detail. The reason is because digital signals came in clear. Individual pixels were visible so edges and diagonal lines weren't smooth. Still, the picture was acceptable considering this is a portable TV.

I was concerned with a dead pixel on the screen, which is why I recommend buying the extended warranty.

Reception Test

The product came with two antennas - a built-in telescopic directional and an external magnetic mount multi-directional with 16' cable.

  • Telescopic Antenna: Three channel scans from my living room with antenna adjusted prior to each scan. Grade = C

    • Reception of digital signals was inconsistent when using the telescopic antenna. This antenna is directional so where you point it will determine which channels the tuner picks up. Indoor reception is better than outdoor reception.

      I have access to ten digital stations. Here are the results from my three scans:

      • Scan 1 picked up 2 of 10 digital stations.
      • Scan 2 picked up 9 of 10 digital stations.
      • Scan 3 picked up 10 of 10 digital stations.

  • Magnetic Mount External Antenna: One channel scan from three different locations - patio, living room, and garage. Grade = A

    • Reception of digital signals was consistent when using the external antenna. The external antenna performed better than expected and is preferred over the telescopic antenna. The magnetic mount stabilizes this antenna when connected to metal.

      Here are the results from my three scans:

      • Scan 1 picked up 10 of 10 digital stations.
      • Scan 2 picked up 10 of 10 digital stations.
      • Scan 3 picked up 10 of 10 digital stations.

Lithium-Polymer Rechargeable Battery

The manual states that the battery will last for 100 minutes. It lasted two hours for me so I say it will last no more than two hours on a single charge.

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