SLIM, SMART, STURDY SONY BRAVIA KDL-40HX850

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN PIC­TURES BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

The first thing you will notice about the Sony Bravia KDL40HX850 is its screen. At first sight it looks edge-toedge, but on closer in­spec­tion you re­alise there is in­deed a bezel, though cov­ered by glass. So the pic­ture is not edge-to-edge, though the screen is. But this works well with the over­all mono­lithic de­sign of this ul­tra-slim 40inch LED TV as it re­moves all lines near the screen.

When you switch on the TV for the first time there is a set-up guide that takes you through dif­fer­ent set­tings like you would with a new phone. You will need a de­cently fast In­ter­net con­nec­tion—1Mbps is ideal—to ac­cess the apps, or the In­ter­net.

In fact, this TV even has TrackId which iden­ti­fies the songs you are lis­ten­ing to. Plus, you can Skype if you get one of their ex­ter­nal cam­eras.

The pic­ture is clear, and the blacks are good. The TV uses an X-Re­al­ity PRO Engine with the Mo­tion­flow XR 800, so your frame rates are al­most dou­ble and you will hardly notice any drag. We tested with Ful­lHD me­dia files and were very im­pressed with the pic­ture qual­ity.

How­ever, the 2D to 3D con­ver­sion was not all that great. Its third di­men­sion was mostly in depth and there was hardly any vis­i­ble out­ward throw even with the pricey ac­tive 3D glasses. Strangely, the ac­tual 3D files that we had for test­ing would not play on the TV.

The best thing about the TV has to be its in­ter­face, which is trans­par­ent and comes over the im­age even as you are watch­ing some­thing. The re­mote is also very handy to nav­i­gate the in­ter­face and flip through the mul­ti­ple source op­tions.

We were also im­pressed by the sound. The S-Force Front Sur­round 3D ac­tu­ally adds to the view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence by giv­ing you a full the­atre ef­fect. And while most other high-end TVs still have 20W out­put, this one has 30W which is a big plus.

The Bravia KDL-40HX850 is a good buy if you are look­ing for over­all per­for­mance. It does ev­ery­thing that you would ex­pect of a high-end LED, though it fails to awe you with any of the fea­tures.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

Good pic­ture, smart fea­tures, av­er­age 3D.

Price:

` 93,900

Specs:

40-inch Full HD 1080p Dy­namic Edge LED with 3D; X-Re­al­ity PRO pic­ture engine with Mo­tion­flow XR 800; 178-de­gree view­ing an­gle; 30W sound; HDMI, Wi-FI, LAN, USB, DLNA; 115W power con­sump­tion.

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