Watching TV is an important pastime for some us. Michael O’Connell takes a look the sleek looking One for All Full HD Indoor Aerial. Lets see what sort of reception it got.
Aerials are funny looking things. Normally seen perched on a chimney or roof pointing towards the nearest mast and silently channelling pointless drivel towards the awaiting idiot box. Not much thought goes towards them unless they get hit by lightning – or aren’t there to start with. And if you don’t have an outdoor aerial an indoor solution is the easiest and quickest way to get your fix of the latest dance/dining/singing action.
Normally, these little indoor fellows look like the top of a 1950’s era robots head – or a miniature version of the rooftop occupant. But not all, as One For All, maker of many a universal remote has crafted a rather odd, yet striking looking aerial.
The One For All indoor aerial doesn’t exactly look like what you expect an indoor aerial to look like. Rather than the usual telescopic and manoeuvrable extensions and things to rotate in the vain hope it will actually change some aspect of your televisions reception One For All’s solution is a singular, solid little obelisk. More akin to an ancient Egyptians mantle piece than sitting aside a flat screen plasma.
It’s a refreshing change to the usual tried, tested and almost always failed designs of other aerials and has certainly been designed to fit and not intrude into the modern living, or any other, room.
Size wise, the One For All is a petite 8inches tall. Which make the box it comes in look ridiculously large in comparison. As well as the small frame there’s plenty of cable which allows you to find a place for it to sit if it needs to be away from the telly. There’s also the option to wall mount the aerial if you so wished. A good start then.
From the aerial itself comes the usual cable that you’d plug into the back of your TV, which is one of three ways the One For All Full HD aerial can be powered. The other two being either through a USB connection, that many TV’s now come with, or via a plug in your wall.
I first tested the aerial by plugging it directly into a standard definition TV via a freeview set top box that was already using an indoor aerial without issue. Perfect for this test as I know that there are no environmental issues to contend with.
Plugging the aerial directly into the television provides me with my first result, the reception is crisp and sound quality fine. All good then. Changing channel however and something rather odd happens the reception breaks up and watching becomes next to impossible. Rather peculiar is the fact that BBC channels seem fine while everything else falls apart – almost harking back to the days of analogue transmission when the BBC had the strongest signal. Not so good then, especially when the One For All Full HD indoor aerial boasts so called a “Wide angle reception” technology.
Plugging the aerial into a power source entails the use of a little block that itself connects to your TV’s aerial socket while the aerial plugs into the block which is in turn plugged into the wall. This block is not only a power brick but also acts as a booster – this is where the digital reception and patch technology should kick in. The second the power flowed through the reception quality jumped through the roof, making every channel instantly watchable.
So getting power to the One For All Indoor aerial is a must then, but so is finding a good location to place it, much like any other indoor aerial which is a shame as this product seemed to promise a lot more. Another rather unexpected issue is one of interference, especially from but not limited to, mobile phones – in my case, an iPhone. Get a text and the reception breaks up. Make a phone call and the reception breaks up. Someone coughs in the next room and you’ve guessed it, the reception breaks up. Quite disappointing considering it apparently has filters for “crystal clear reception”, including a GSM block filter!
The One For All Full HD Indoor aerial does work and when working properly will provide you with great picture quality. It does need to be plugged in though, either into an available USB port or wall socket – otherwise it’s next to useless. That, alongside the cost and its seemingly extreme vulnerability to interference makes it hard to recommend considering that a cheaper analogue aerial will more than likely provide you with equally as good picture quality without any of the issues.