Actually, the iViewer C3298DVB is pretty damn short of features full stop once you look past its eye-catching online functionality. The perfunctory-looking – and rather small – onscreen menus host practically nothing of interest bar, unless, um, its noise reduction system floats your boat.
The extremely busy looking remote control promises a few more bits and bobs. But in reality, aside from offering control of your satellite receiver and DVD deck, most of its more unusual buttons are to do with either the Internet functionality or the electronic programme guide for its onboard Freeview tuner. It has to be said, too, that the remote’s layout feels rather confusing and unintuitive.
The EPG, at least, warrants a mention, for it’s actually quite effective, presenting information clearly and keeping a small version of the picture running in the top right corner.
Regular readers might remember that the Cello iPod dock TV I mentioned earlier was rather let down by its picture quality. And so, to some extent, is the iViewer C3298DVB – though perhaps not totally disastrously so.
The main problem is that the set just isn’t very good at rescaling standard definition to fit its Full HD resolution. The processing used to achieve this appears to be basic in the extreme, leaving standard definition pictures looking so soft that at times they almost appear out of focus.
Colours while watching standard definition also leave much to be desired, with numerous tones failing to look natural and precious little finesse when it comes to portraying subtle blends. This leaves pictures looking rather flat and skin waxy.
Thankfully for the iViewer, though, it delivers much better results with HD sources. Free from the need for rescaling processing, HD images actually look quite sharp and detailed. This sudden sharpness also gives me the chance to appreciate how surprisingly little the iViewer suffers with LCD’s motion blur problem.