MSI D310 Portable DTV review

This pocket digital TV presents a few tiny problems

You need an extended arial to get the most from the MSI

TechRadar Verdict

You'll probably need to live next to a transmitter. Better on paper than in practice


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    Great looking portable

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    Plays MP3s and views JPEGs


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    Poor signal unless reception is very strong

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A widescreen 4-inch LCD screen that fits in your pocket is the attraction of the MSI D310: a TV and media player that, on size alone, is the last word in portable.

On paper the MSI sounds great: it's got a built-in digital tuner, plays JPEGs and MP3s, built-in games and an electronic program guide (EPG). Unfortunately, the pictures don't cut the mustard.

We may be expecting too much from a tiny TV with basic connections, but the flip-up internal aerial is inadequate for our reception area (and that's London), meaning lousy pictures. Granted, things improve dramatically once we get the provided external aerial on the case, but it looks like Crystal Palace's antenna grafted onto a Lilliputian-size screen. And it would be inconvenient to lug around while travelling, defeating the object a bit.

Once you manage to get tuned in, pictures from digital broadcasts are only average. We tuned in, turned on and dug the vibes of The Doors bioflick, but its psychedelic colours were a little too much for the D310 and lacking in sharpness.

Blacks were grey, and motion smearing was on the rampage. At least you could see what was going on when the reception was good.

Sonically, the speakers are below par: use headphones for best results. We got the best results from listening to the digital radio, as its broadcasts were crisp and clear.

Shame that clarity doesn't extend itself to the pictures from the internal aerial. If your reception's good, you'll never miss a televisual trick again when you're out and about, but you'll probably need to live right next to a TV transmitter. What Plasma & LCD TV Staff was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.