Epson ET-10 (Epson Elf)

Epson ET 10
Full NameET-10
Release Date1984
Specifications2" TFT liquid crystal color display, VHF1 and UHF band, 5hrs battery life, 36-mm internal circular dynamic speaker

The ET-10 was the world’s first commercial pocket color television produced by the Japanese electronics company Epson. The Epson ET-10 was disclosed to the public for the first time in mid-1983 and was put into the market in August 1984. The device was also known as the Epson Elf on the American market and was given the pet name Televian.

Epson: Pioneer in display technology

The Televian came with a 2 inches wide TFT liquid crystal color display having 52,800 pixels. A few years earlier Epson was the first company to succeed in developing a single-silicon transistor liquid-crystal display. The portable TV weighted a total of 450 grams and could be powered by regular batteries or an AC adapter. A fully charged battery of the Televian could last up to 5 hrs. The maximum power time varied on whether the internal light was switched on. The Televian could be used both in the VHF1 as well as in the UHF band.

The Televian had most of its control buttons such as brightness, Light and Power on top. The tuning knobs for the frequency, color and tint were situated on the side of the device. Not only did the device feature an earphone jack but it also featured jacks for audio- and video-in. To watch TV in the right angle the ET-10 was equipped with a pop-out leg that lets the device stand on a table.

ET 10 without a function today

The ET-10 was often praised as a milestone in technology as it was the first portable TV to feature a color display which could easily be put into your pockets. It competed against other portable TV devices such as the Sony’s FD-210 or Sinclair FTV1 which both still had a black and white display at the time. Even more the FD-210 was far less portable as it was much bigger in size than the ET-10.

The ET-10 will not be able to pick up any signals today as most countries have shut down their broadcasting of analogue TV. However one can still hook up an external video source to the ET-10 and enjoy some nostalgic entertainment on the two inch wide screen.


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