GEAR | August DA900D Portable, Rechargeable 9″ TV With Freeview – Review

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On a recent trip to an off-grid cabin on the Hebridean island of Mull, we took along the DA900D portable rechargeable 9″ TV from Digital Daffodil with us. Read on to find out how we got on with it…

DA900 Portable, Rechargeable 9" TV With Freeview

What is it?

Portable 9″ Freeview HD Rechargeable Digital TV DA900D Was £134.95 NOW £99

Features

  • 9″ Crystal Clear NEW LED Screen for 2024
  • Deeper Colours and Less Glare Small TV Unit ideal for camping
  • Included TV stand
  • Week-long Freeview HD EPG and subtitles, with red button support for interactive content
  • Compatible with videos, photos and music from a USB stick or hard drive
  • USB port for TV recording
  • Included HDMI to Mini-HDMI cable connects to games consoles, PC’s and Laptops

What we thought

After over a month of using this little TV and having been on numerous trips from the Isle of Mull to the Yorkshire Dales, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to put the DA900D to the test.

The first thing that stood out for the DA900D was the inclusion of the aerial allowing you to tune in to terrestrial and digital television channels, with a clever little magnet base.

Do bear in mind that this is a portable television and not an Android tablet or iPad (our usual choice for camping entertainment). The signal was a little hit-and-miss and we did have trouble in the Inner Hebrides but that was to be expected as even a mobile phone signal was hard to find.

Setting up the aerial which has a handy magnetic base
Setting up the aerial which has a handy magnetic base

Glamping in the Yorkshire Dales however, we found terrestrial and digital channels after tying a few different positions for the aerial (see pic above).

The August DA900D also has a USB port and could power and run our portable hard drive, giving access to our movie library. Perfect for enjoying a movie with a glass of Prosseco next to the fire pit, which after a day spent hill walking was a lovely way to end a day.

There’s a mini HDMI and with the lead provided and an adapter, you can even connect a Firestick to this should you wish to and power it from the onboard USB port.

We were surprised by the sound, which is impressive for such a tiny television, with tru-surround options and many of the settings you would find on a regular-sized HD TV!

For enhanced sound, you can also connect external speakers using the 3.5mm headphone jack, however, there’s no Bluetooth, so you won’t be able to connect speakers or any external device wirelessly.

Picture-wise, it’s pretty decent, and we really loved that the viewing angles were so wide, with both of us sat outside, positioned on either side of the screen in daylight and we were both able to enjoy the film we chose.

The verdict

We found the August DA900D great for outdoor and indoor use, and it’s absolutely perfect for travel and in particular, off-grid trips.

Watching the DA900 hooked up to an external hard drive
Watching the DA900 hooked up to an external hard drive

We’re going camping again at the end of the month and we can’t wait to take it away with us again, it’s a great alternative to taking a tablet and provides the freedom of having access to regular TV channels and connectivity for USB and HDMI devices, something you wouldn’t usually get from a tablet.

Currently on sale for just £99, it’s a great option for campers, caravanners and van lifers who want the ability to be able to watch TV, including Freeview channels when on the road.

Find out more about the August DA900D Portable 9″ TV at iDaffodil.co.uk.

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Mark Stuart