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ViewSonic VTV35 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 66
inc VAT

A simple portable TV player; the lack of media file playback is offset by its low price.

ViewSonic’s VTV35 is the most basic portable TV player we’ve seen. It has no SD card slot or USB port, so you can’t play MP3s or view video or image files on its 3½in screen. This goes a long way towards explaining why it costs so little.

The VTV35 looks remarkably similar to the Icy Box IB-MP101. However, the extendable antenna is much longer than the flimsy one on the IB-MP101, and reception was much better. However, it’s let down by the lack of an external antenna port. Build quality is basic, with plain black plastic all round, although it feels solid.

The program guide and menu system are easy to follow and clearly laid out, with an EPG providing only now-and-next information. The screen flickered a bit in menus, but TV was fine. Our main disappointment was that the TV picture didn’t take up the entire screen, with narrow black bars above and below. This is because the screen is a 4:3 ratio, while the Freeview signal is 16:9. You can force it to display at 4:3, but you’ll either squeeze the image or lose the edges.

If you want to listen to music, view photos or watch videos as well as TV, Hauppauge’s myTV Player is better, but it costs £40 more. The VTV35 is an adequate TV and radio, but as with all portable TVs, you’ll often need to search for good reception.

Details

Price £66
Rating ****

Hardware

Capacity 0MB
Formatted capacity 0MB
Interface none
Storage medium portable TV player
Battery and charge options included charger
Size 121x75x14mmmm
Weight 149g

Features

Device has screen? Yes
Viewable size 3.5 in
Native resolution 320×240
Memory card support none
FM Radio no
Audio record options none
Video record options none
Supplied with charger

Test Results

Audio MP3 playback No
Audio WMA playback No
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback No
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback No
Audio WAV playback No
Audio Audible playback No
Image BMP support No
Image JPEG support No
Image TIFF support No
Video MPEG-4 AVI playback No
Video MPEG-4 MP4 playback No
Video WMV playback No
Video MPEG-1 playback No
Video MPEG-2 playback No
Video MPEG-2 VOB playback No
Video MPEG-4 DivX/XviD support No
Video H.264 support No
Video MPEG-4 MP3 audio support No
Video MPEG-4 AAC audio support No
Download compatibility none

Buying Information

Supplier http://www.lambda-tek.com/componentshop
Details www.viewsonic.co.uk