Great display but is the stand just ugly?
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.