Pros Guess it is luck whether you get a good one. I also live in Seattle and I get ABC-NBC-CBS-PBS-FOX and a couple of indpendent broadcast so I have no complaints after 6 months of use (power outages mainly when it runs for hours waiting for news).
Cons Battery life is not as long as Haier would like you to believe so we run it from a generator w. filtered 12 v/120v
Summary If you buy it for under a $100 and the audio/video works and you are in a major metro area where there are strong broadcast digital signals it is a good portable 12v TV
"Worthless!"on by paulinariz1
Pros The concept is good but it just doesn't receive any channels.
Cons Not one regular channel would come in clear. If it did at all, it was choppy and the sound cut out with a loud buzz.
Summary This TV is absolutely worthless. I tried it in the Seattle area and again in the Phoenix area. Didn't work in either areas. The only channels that came in clear were a couple church and spanish channels.
Pros Good price. Easy to set up. Good picture. Fairly good reception
Cons The audio was very bad and there are no adjustments. The sound was similar to that of an old transistor radio and was quite irritating. If I wasn't sitting close and focused in on the program, I was unable to follow the conversation.
Pros Great picture. Good ease of handling. Relatively intuative controls. Remote.
Cons Antenna unscrews if turned counter-clockwise. Antenna gets LOWSY reception. Tuner seems to lack sensitivity. Local stations "spotty" even with external antenna connected. Once stations are programmed, unit won't allow pickup of un-programmed channel.
Summary I was intrigued with the concept of this TV, since my older analog handheld is 95% useless now. The Haier "71" promises a crisp clear picture with fairly good sound for a small unit, and the controls (via the remote) are easy to navigate. What I dislike is that the tuner doesn't receive as many stations (when connected to the same external indoor antenna) as my 13" 1980's Radio Shack analog TV does (when connected to a converter box). I'm missing 6 channels with this unit... which is somewhat annoying, and what's worse, is that after a scan is done, if a channel is selected that didn't appear in the scan, it IMMEDIATELY asks..."continue with the scan?" (without even attempting to search for the desired channel) and if you say yes... it scans FROM THE START again, goes through every station, and STILL misses the one I was trying to get! UGH!!
As far as the internal battery is concerned...... they say 6 hrs to charge (when dead) and runs for 2 hrs, when full. The battery begins to charge WHENEVER the adapter is connected to an outlet. Overall--- about a 7 out of 10.
Pros Nicely constructed. Easy to setup and operate. Very nice picture. Very portable.
Cons Highly directional. Moving inches from one side to another or from one floor to another has a major impact on reception. Not like an analog signal. You either get reception or you don't.
Summary We live about 40 miles outside a major mid-western city with access to 9 different DTV stations. The best I could do with the Haier was maybe two of the stations and this depended on whether or not it was in the backyard or on the 2nd floor of our house. Clear line-of-sight appears to be important for good reception hence the difference between the reception in our backyard (none) which is below the prevaling tree line and our second floor near the top of the tree line. Given the directionality of the reception, the Haier would not be suitable for viewing in a moving vehicle.
Understand that I do not fault the HLT71. The directionality problem is inherent with DTV. Unless you happen to be very close to a transmitter site, protability is somewhat problemnatic.
PS - Set works great with our household cable system.