Great dis­play but is the stand just ugly?

The Western Star - - LIFE GADGETS AND GAMES - Matthew Dunn

IF YOU have $6000 dol­lars to burn on a new TV and have heard Sony’s A1 OLED of­fers one of the best home en­ter­tain­ment pic­tures money can buy — you’ve heard cor­rect.

It de­liv­ers out­stand­ing bright­ness, colour and de­tail, while also of­fer­ing great func­tion­al­ity.

But what you might not know is that all of this is let down by a de­sign choice that makes the TV re­sem­ble an over­sized iPad mounted in a pro­tec­tive case.

The screen mea­sures just 8.6 mil­lime­tres in thick­ness and has a jet-black bezel that is barely a cen­time­tre thick.

If this sounds sexy, it’s be­cause it is. The TV rests on an easel-style kick­stand, with the bot­tom of the screen sit­ting di­rectly on the cabi­net, lean­ing back on a slight five-de­gree an­gle.

When look­ing at the A1 from the front, the stand be­comes in­vis­i­ble and when com­bined with Sony’s anti-re­flec­tive coat­ing to re­duce screen glare, you are left with an unadul­ter­ated view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Se­ri­ously, it’s im­pres­sive.

The down­side of this set up is it can force you to sit your tele­vi­sion at the front of your cabi­net as the di­men­sions make the whole unit 35cms deep when the kick­stand is at­tached.

This looks awk­ward and means you can’t put the sound­bar di­rectly in front of your screen.

Sony has de­liv­ered an OLED that is a clear ri­val to the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of pic­ture qual­ity, although I think it’s let down with its de­sign.

Sony’s A1 OLED is avail­able in 55-inch and 65-inch mod­els, cost­ing $4199 and $5998 re­spec­tively.

DE­SIGN FLAW? The kick­stand on Sony’s A1 OLED TV.

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