7" Axion AXN-8701 Portable Handheld Widescreen LCD Digital TV

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We live in a society orientated around entertaining ourselves, we seem to always have to have a way to keep ourselves occupied during times we’re not busy. TV and vides is probably one of the biggest ways to pass the time across the world, there’s no doubt that it’s popular, with companies offering us hundreds of channels to choose from and numerous online sites to watch videos.

If you’ve been shopping for LCDs you may have noticed the price of them dropping lately, you can get small and large one for relatively cheap prices. This includes LCD televisions as well of course, they’re also coming down in price. having a portable TV used to mean lugging around a big heavy box, but now you can get them much smaller and lighter to fit in the palm of your hand. Now, getting a portable LCD TV offers superior image quality and used to mean having to pay a very high price, but not anymore, prices are dropping to levels where most everyone can afford an LCD TV to take with them anywhere they go.

Today for review our friends at Geeks have sent me over a Handheld LCD Digital TV from a company called Axion. It’s the AXN-8701 Portable Handheld Widescreen LCD Digital TV, and from my time with it I’ve found it’s actually a great little product. The Axion includes a remote, built-in antenna and an external one, along with built-in rechargeable battery and even a car charger as well. It’s a 7" LCD screen, but it has a surprisingly nice pictures, especially for the price, and  it includes a digital tuner along with A/V inputs so you can hook other things up to it as well. read on to learn more…


The Axion comes in a box as one might expect…

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Inside that box we find the AXN-8701 itself along with user manual, remote control, car charger, AC adapter, external antenna, antenna adapter and A/V input cable.

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The included remote is basic and small, about the size of a credit card and about five or six thick.  All the basic features are there for controlling the Axion TV like channels, menu, display, guide, input and mute.

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The TV unit itself is actually very lightweight weighing only two pounds.

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On the front are two speakers so you get stereo sound, along with controls for power, input, channel, volume, menu, screen format and there’s an IR receiver window there as well.

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There’s not much to the backside, but there is a stand that comes out so you can stand the TV up to watch it, on the bottom edge are two rubber feet to make sure it stays in place and doesn’t fall over.

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On the right side is where the LED power/charging indicator is, along with the power input, A/V input and connection for the internal and external antenna.

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The left side is where you’ll find the headphone jack that turns of the main speakers when plugged in, the volume control knob and a brightness control knob.

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The internal antenna is fairly long, it’s telescopic of course and folds into and clips onto the top of the unit when not needed.

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Overall the Axion seems nicely made, yes it’s plastic but that’s to be expected, and it has little features like the rubber feet on the bottom that surprised me.

Specifications:

7" Axion AXN-8701 Portable Handheld Widescreen LCD Digital TV – 16:9 ATSC/NTSC Tuner (Black)

Enjoy your favorite television programs anywhere with this 7-inch Axion AXN-8701 Portable Handheld LCD Digital TV! It features high resolution and high brightness 7-inch widescreen LCD display, built-in ATSC/NTSC TV tuner and offers 16:9 widescreen or standard 4:3 aspect ratio!

This Axion AXN-8701 LCD TV is equipped with a built-in antenna. Not getting a good signal? No problem! An external antenna is also provided! Experience stereo sound with the built-in speakers! Plug in your headphones into the headphone jack and enjoy the show without disturbing those around you!

This portable TV has a built-in rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery and includes a cigarette lighter adapter so you can view TV in your automobile!

General Features:
-Black color
-Portable, handheld design
-7-inch Widescreen LCD mobile TV with high resolution and high brightness
-Built in ATSC/NTSC TV tuner for both analog and digital channels
-16:9 ad 4:3 switchable screen mode
-Adjustable brightness
-Built-in antenna
-A/V input for external audio/video sources
-Built-in speakers
-Built-in rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery
-Headphone jack and volume control
-Card style remote control included
-Portable external antenna provided for stronger reception
-Back kick stand for desktop use

Unit Dimensions:
-5.7 x 7.2 x 1.2-inches (H x W x D, approximate)

Package Includes:
* 7-inch Axion AXN-8701 Portable Handheld Widescreen LCD Digital TV
* Portable, magnetic external antenna
* AC adapter (100 – 240V, 50/60Hz)
* L-Shaped antenna connector
* Remote control
* Car cigarette lighter adapter
* A/V cable
* Manual

Model: AXN-8701
UPC: 0 90482 08701 9
Price: $119.99


So we know it’s well made, but that doesn’t mean  much if the picture isn’t good right?

So the picture isn’t bad, sure it’s not an HDTV, but over the air broadcasts look decent on the Axion. You can notice a bit of pixellation if you look closely, but if you’re not specifically looking you barely notice it.

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To control everything there’s an onscreen menu, and it can be adjusted to be transparent as well. There’s several options like language, closed captioning, Zoom modes, antenna choices, auto scanning of channels, channel labels, sleep timer and a few other minor adjustments. Overall though the choices are what you would find on your full sized TV.

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On the right side the LED indicator lights up green for power and charging, when charging it will go off to let you know it’s finished.

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My children’s Xbox360 is hooked up to a standard 27" TV with regular A/V inputs, mine of course is hooked up to the 47" HDTV, but anyway, I interrupted their game of Lego Star Wars to hook up the Axion to their Xbox to check it out.

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You can really notice the pixellation in the games, but it is standard definition after all, still not bad in a pinch.

The sound from the Axion is surprisingly good and the speakers are loud, they don’t get very distorted at loud volumes either.

The viewing angle for the Axion is very good, left, right and from the top you can view virtually from any angle, only looking from the bottom is when you notice distortion, but it has to be almost flat.

The colors are decent, adjusting the brightness will fix any issues with the colors usually, but leaving it a bout the middle seems to work well for most things.

The battery seems to be able to last at least for a whole movie, I got a little over 100 minutes which is fine for most movies, and TV shows. It does include both car power adapter and a regular AC adapter so you should always have power available to you.

Reception for over the air signals will be dependant on where you live, I got several channels though, the same as I get on my HDTV. Using the built-in antenna the signal quality was very good actually, and of course attaching the external antenna made the signal stronger.


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Conclusion:
For what it is it’s not a bad little LCD TV, the picture is decent, and the sound is surprisingly good. I really like the fact that it has the A/V inputs on it, this can be useful for many things. the viewing angle is amazing, you can view it from most any angle and still see everything fine, you don’t even see this in expensive, top quality LCDs sometimes. There’s a remote and car power adapter already included for you so that’s a nice bonus there, though I’m not sure why you would need a remote for such a small TV, it’s not like you’re going to be sitting very far away from the TV.

The lack of a case is not a big deal, but I would certainly recommend finding one to protect the screen and the TV itself as it is a portable device.

9

Pros:
+Seems well made
+A/V inputs
+Includes remote
+Good reception with built in antenna
+Includes external antenna
+Decent picture with good viewing angles
+Decent sound/loud speakers
+Long battery life
+Lots of options

Cons:
-A bit pixellated at times
-No case

Grades:  
Overall score-9-10
Design score-9-10
Performance score-8-10
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  • tonyb

    I had one for seven months… when the transition finally happened, I lost signals to half the stations in the Sacramento area… then a couple of weeks later the thing just went black — done… .. .

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  • sean

    Nice Review but what is the screen resolution in pixels?

    • Bill

      I would like to know too – has anybody found out?

  • Matt

    Does this tv pick up digital broadcasts?

  • Katie

    Hi, I have a question for you. I recently purchased this TV and can’t seem to adjust the volume. It’s very strange. I understand it could be a defect, but I doubt it. Did you have the same problem? Is it one standard audio level? (when I go to set-up then audio, it only allows me to switch between English and Spanish, so where can I go to adjust volume?)

    Thanks!

  • http://technogog.com Halo

    I live on a mountain off the city and we lost power during a windstorm this past week. I didn’t have a portable tv at that time and went stir crazy. Anyways, I did some research on the Axion AXN-8701 and read it was a pretty decent portable tv. So today I went and bought one at Best Buy (the cigarette adapter in the package will not charge the tv) you have to buy a separate adapter. I also bought the Haier HLT-10 at Fred Meyer to compare because I wasn’t sure either one would work. The Haier is a waste of money put together very cheaply. The antenna was flemsy and kept sliding downwards. I plan on returning it tommorrow. Barely got one station and it was blurry no matter where I put it in the home. So I wasn’t expecting much better from the Axion but to my surprise I can get 7 stations and clear to boot. I did hook up the external antenna. Only thing I did not care for was on the remote it has no off or on button but its no big deal since the tv is only 7″ and you just turn it off there. It was a little confusing auto scanning because after you initially do a scan if you read the manual it says do an auto scan add channel which I have not been able to find on the Menu where it actually says auto scan add channel so I did a complete scan again and it picked up more channels. I did not move the tv at all. So I am not sure what thats about. I paid 80.00 for this tv and 19.00 for the car charger. I say the tv is worth the money.

  • http://AXN-8701 Al Bauer

    I cannot locate my USER GUIDE, or INSTRUCTION INFO.

    I can get no channels right now. I’d like to set it up the way it worked
    so well, but can find no instructions on how to do this.

    Can you please tell me how to restore the operation of this escellent product?

    thank you

  • Dave Eger

    Just curious on the external antenna input. Is it possible to input an outside antenna coax cable to it, possibly with an adapter if necessary?

  • HCF

    I just got this unit for a birthday gift. I did research on line and it appeared to be the best mini TV I could find. When we first moved into our current house we had to wait for cable hookup and I tried to use rabbit ears and could only get about a half dozen stations. With this unit I get 12 or more.

    To answer some questions above:

    It does have a digital tuner for today’s signals.

    The volume control is a dial on the left side. The remote does not have power or volume controls. Considering you have to be fairly close to even see the picture, the use of the remote is not that necessary for these functions.

    As for Halo, my unit came with both a wall adapter and car adapter. Check your box again and notify the retailer where the unit was purchased if you do not have one. You are supposed to according to everything I read on line, and it was included with mine. Mine came from Best Buy, so perhaps they have some bundling set up with the manufacturer.

    Al should go into the menu for the settings for the antenna and make sure it is set on air if using the antenna, or CATV if using your cable signal through a coaxial connection. Which leads me to Dave’s question. Yes you can use an outside antenna coax cable and simply unplug the built-in antenna and plug in your antenna. Mine came with a 90 degree screw to slide on connector to use with the remote antenna.

    I have not had a chance to run the battery down to find out how long it lasts but it seems like everything I have that runs DVDs or videos have about a 2 hour or less life before needing recharge. That includes normal laptop batteries, portable video players, and MP3 video players. I had a previous handheld TV unit that I used while working in my garage in the evening. This way I got things done, and didn’t miss my favorite shows or sports. Once digital signals took over those days were gone, until now. So far this is a great little TV and only time will tell how great.

  • ibsteve2u

    If you run a stereo off of the 8701’s headphone jack, you’ll find that the sound is surprisingly hi-fidelity when it is fed by a digital TV station/channel that offers same. That is how I have it set up…sitting in between computer banks, hooked up to pay cable, and then the headphone jack wired to a 5.1 stereo system (I’m not saying that it delivers 5.1; just that its stereo fidelity is…good!).

    Be prepared to buy a new battery for the remote…as in, do it when you get it. I thought the TV/remote communications had broken, but on a hunch I replaced the you’d-think-brand-new-‘cuz-theTV-was-brand-new remote battery…and fixed it.

    (Proof that “The good die young!” does not apply to batteries.)

  • Alexis

    Hi, i just bought this tv two days ago and it is great. i wanted to be able to watch my football games (local broadcasts) while on the patio and i was pleasantly surprised and pleased with picture and the sound. one thing i noticed is you can adjust your picture size to fill up the entire screen and that was nice for the game.

    one question: can i recharge this little gem using a battery recharger and if so what voltage is needed (for example: 9 volt battery recharger). thanks

  • Jon Wilson

    This TV does exactly what it’s supposed to, and it does it surprisingly well. I have the Sunday ticket, but I’ve been working Sunday nights, and directv’s app won’t allow NBC or ESPN football games. My Colts were playing on Sunday night, and I wanted to watch it. I scanned best buy for a portable tv and this bad boy popped up for $99! I bought it, and picked it up before work. Plugged it in at work, and had the channels scanned, and watched the end of the Jets dismantling of the Patriots. It was the HDTV digital broadcast. The screen wasn’t HD of course, but it was widescreen, and looked
    Much

  • Sanyahmed00

    Its really a informative stuff. I hope we get the same things from you near future. I got many information from your blog post. Thanks a lot. Its great.

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  • Troycoffee

    is there a screw mount on the bottom of this thing?

  • MichaelLAX

    “… and even a car charger as well.”

    WRONG: the cigarette lighter plug will only power the TV and not charge the battery. The AC adapter must be used to charge the battery.

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