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Product Review: Dynex Portable Digital TV isn't perfect for hurricanes

Dynex_portable_tv Happy D-Day! (Digital Television Transition Day, that is.)

This week I reviewed the Dynex 7-inch portable digital LCD TV, which you can find at Best Buy. Overall I liked it, but you better take a few things into consideration before you dish out $149.99 to add it to your hurricane supply kit.

You can't put batteries in this. It can only be recharged via the AC adapter plug. And the power lasts about 2 ½ hours of continuous watching. The car power adapter only gives it enough juice to turn on -- it won't recharge the battery, which is a bummer if you're out of power for several days.

And if you live in an area with poor reception, that can also be a downer. At my home, several HD stations came in clear. But at work, only one station would come in. If that's the case, you might need to buy a more powerful antenna to plug in.

There aren't many portable digital televisions on the market, but this is the first one I've tested and it works dandy.

Or there's always the cheaper storm solution: Buy a battery-powered radio, as my colleague Niala Boodhoo reported this week: Hurricane experts recommend radios over nondigital portable TVs


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