Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna Review

Like breaking up with that significant someone, ditching cable ain’t easy to do.  For some, cable TV is their conduit to the outside world.  If the case is such I’d never recommend they ditch their subscription to one of the few TV providers. But for those that can live with out the petulant TV providers, I’m in full support.  After all, you’ll end up saving about $600 a year when you consider the average home’s subscription costs of about $50 – this figure doesn’t factor in renting boxes.  Yes, you’ll want an Internet connection, so you’ll still be handing your money over to Time Warner and those alike, but less of it. For another option, take a look at our FlatWave Mini Indoor HD antenna review.

Nonetheless, ditching TV all together just isn’t an option for some, especially for this with a penchant for team sports.  Going to a bar gets costly and not exactly a catch all answer. Logic then suggest that you get an antenna for terrestrial (over the air) television.  An obvious option is to go with a standard pair of bunny ears.  They’re ugly by all accounts and hardly mimic the svelteness you’ve sought, and achieved mind you, with the purchase of an LED TV.  And hence the MOHU Leaf Antenna. Or, if you just need an amplifier, take a look at the Mohu Jolt antenna amplifier review instead.

In effect it’s a laminated piece of paper, or so it would appear.  Despite its rather bland aesthetic – the plastic edges looks like they were cut by hand – the design is patent pending.  At one end is a standard coxial cable and the other a 9-inch x 11.5-inch (A11 paper size) antenna that is no thinner (.4-inches) than a few sheets of paper stacked on top of one and other.  Included is an ample amount of cord, roughly 6 feet, which should be enough for most.

Now, that design.  It’s built to be mounted on a wall or in my case stuffed inside a closet.  Mohu includes two Velcro adhesive pads so you can mount it behind your TV, though above it, out of obstical’s way, is the best idea.  In my closet reception would very with the time of day and where it was placed, but was largely influenced by its proximity to the structure of my home.  But because the Mohu leaf is flat, paper light and super thin it can be mounted just about any where without being intrusive; under a cabinet, in a cabinet, under a table – you name it and it can probably be mounted.   And plugging it into your TV is as simple as screwing on a coaxial cable to the rear of your set. Needless to say, reception will very based on your area, but during my extensive use, I got all the major channels except CBS, in my home.  So for $34.99 it might be worth a try, right?

Bottom Line: An innocuous and ultra easy to mount HDTV antenna that won’t interfere with your flat screen’s svelteness.

Editor’s Rating:

[rating:4/5]

Very Good

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Can be mounted almost any where
  • Just $35

Cons:

  • Looks a bit cheap
  • Cord can’t be removed from the antenna, at least not easily

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. To find out what channels are available in your area, visit a site called AntennaWeb. To get the most accurate estimate, enter your street address, town and zip code. If you are in a rush or don’t want to give out your personal information, just enter your zip code. You will then need to answer the structural questions and click Submit. The site will then ask you to confirm your location on a map; if it looks correct just click Continue. You will then see a list of stations along with the distance of each station from you…Results can vary, but from my experience with a newer HD Antenna you should be able to pull in most of the stations listed within 30 miles of your home.

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    1. KilltheCableBill, Where do you go on the AntennaWeb site to see what’s available in my area? I can’t see a place to search by zip code. Thanks!

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