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Sony are a brand that I have trust in and respect for, and when considering a TV, Sony is often a top recommendation because of their expertise in the field. When my boyfriend opted for a larger TV to replace his old teeny tiny one, he decided to get something good quality that would last, and the Bravia has done a brilliant job so far.
The Sony Bravia range is quite vast now, constantly upgrading and developing in tandem with technology and consumer wants. It's hard to tell most of their models apart as they seem to often have a similar appearance, with the differences often just being in the detail. The KDL32EX523 is an HD ready, 1080p 32-inch TV with built in Freeview HD, and so is very modern in terms of the latest technology.
Getting this out of the box was a small challenge considering its size and the secure foam it was in, but two people made the job a little easier. The first thing we noticed, having only looked and ordered this online, was its slim, sleek appearance. It's not exactly lightweight (10.2kg) by any means, but it's not bulky either; I was quite impressed by how sleek it looked, having quite a slim face and build that gives it a very modern edge. It's black with a grey trim towards the bottom of the screen and looks like good quality, which is what you'd expect from Sony. The base is fairly square and when turned to the side, you can see just how slim it is. It goes well in his bedroom even though putting a rather large base and wide TV on to a small cabinet wasn't altogether that easy. But that was his fault! I told him to buy a proper TV stand, but alas, he was too eager to get the TV up and running! It measures 51cm in height, 75.5cm width and 4.2cm in depth, which gives you a good idea of how sleek and slim it actually is. It rests well on the base, not that I'd really advise moving it around or whatever you're standing it on.
The TV itself comes packed with some good technology. For starters, it's got full HD, 1080p and a 50Hz refresh rate, which provides crisp, clear images. Sony pride themselves on their 'unique picture technology' and edge-lit LCD displays, meaning colour appears enhanced and vivid. As has become popular recently, this model is also wireless LAN ready, so you can buy a USB Wi-Fi adapter separately if you wish and then you can use the internet, such as to stream TV programs. If you really want to push the boat out, you can also get a camera and microphone to pug in to the TV to use Skype. To complement the HD technology, this has built in Freeview HD, which provides access to plenty of free TV/radio channels. As for sound technology, this has S Force Front Surround to give you the best all-around viewing experience. What I also really like about this, and what I'm jealous of because my TV doesn't have it, is a USB slot, so if you have movies/shows/photots etc that you want to watch you can store them on a regular USB from your laptop and plug that in to the TV. This also has the basic inputs via HDMI and a headphone jack.
I think that in terms of looks, this definitely gets full marks. It's a sleek and professional looking TV that has an air of being good quality. The tech also gets a high rating from me, as this seems to have all the basics and more, all that you'd probably want from your TV that's currently available on the market. Having said that, half of these features aren't really used by my boyfriend, and I've never really seen the need to use them either. I'm really referring to the Internet capabilities; it's expensive to get the adaptor, and already having smartphones and laptops, the internet on the TV seems like surplus. It's still good to have for the price, but it didn't do anything in the decision to get this particular model. The other quirky extra is the ability to download an app on your phone and use it as a remote; I think the boyfriend does intend on checking this one out! It should work on both the iPhone and Android mobiles. Again, it's an added extra but still nice to have.
The picture quality is clear and vivid, with a crisp sound output that gives you an excellent all-around TV viewing experience. I love watching films on this TV as it's so easy to use and really enjoy the image and sound quality. The remote is straightforward to use and the various options on the on-screen menu are equally easy to use when you find your way around it. Plugging in the USB to watch a movie, for instance, takes a matter of seconds, which is far easier than fiddling about with cables to connect your laptop up to the TV!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this as an excellent quality, modern TV at a reasonable price for what it offers. The image, sound and technology quality overall are great, it's easy to use and looks fantastic. It additionally comes with a 5yr guarantee because it was bought from John Lewis; I can't see anything going wrong with it because it's been fantastic for the months it's been in use, but it's good to have that extra piece of mind.
Selling from JohnLewis online for £399.95