Haier LE46B1381 LED LCD HDTV Review$979.00
Multimedia & Internet
There are no internet features on the Haier LE46B1381.
Local Media Playback
There is a singular USB port located in the most inconvenient area on this television. It is on the back, on the underside of the ports L-shaped layout, the farthest away from the outside. It could not be more out of the way, but should you plan on using this media port, you will need to access it several times, which is several times more than any of the more sedentary connections.
More inconvenient is a rounded ridge that juts out about an inch below the port. This became a problem because our USB thumb drive is about an inch long, and we had to really wedge it into this small space to plug it into the LE46B1381. We tried to connect a Flip camcorder as well, but this ridge made it wholly impossible because the connector could not fit into the miniscule hole. Furthermore, there is not enough space between the HDMI port next to the USB port to connect both an HDMI cable and a USB cable. We had to unplug our HDMI cable to even wedge our USB thumb drive in there.
We have never had a television actually fail to be connectable. We have seen systems that don't work that well, but none that prevent you from even making a connection.
The sad part about this awkward connection is that the media system works rather well. We played back an .mp3 and a .jpeg easily. It seems like many formats work, but there's no way to know this. The manual says nothing about supported file formats, nor does the website.
Pictures work in a slideshow format, but there is no way to control the transitions. You cannot accompy it with music either. There are buttons on the remote that control the slides manually however.