Sony wings 'W' LCDs with Yahoo widgets
The Sony KDL-W4100 series rounds out the company's early-2009 LCD lineup by offering Yahoo widgets at price points than other widget-equipped lines from the company.
At Sony's line show today in Las Vegas, the company announced another new line of HDTVs with, the company's least-expensive HDTVs yet to feature the interactive doo-dads.
The KDL-W5100 series will consist of three screen sizes: the 52-inch KDL-52W5100, 46-inch KDL-46W5100, and 40-inch KDL-40W5100. Sony did not announce pricing or availability beyond "spring," and that information was not.
Successor to last year's KDL-W4100 series, which performed relatively well in our review, the W5100 models' big improvement is Yahoo widgets. According to Sony, the widgets "expand and personalize the experience by allowing you to interact with your favorite Internet content like Yahoo News, Video, Finance, and Flickr while watching TV shows. Track your favorite sports team, check your stocks, and share photos with friends and family as you watch television."
Sony is also quick to tout the new sets' compatibility with the Bravia Internet Video Link. Our review of that device was anything but
Unlike the company's two other series to feature Widgets, the CES, the W5100 models have 120Hz refresh rates, not . Since we don't see much value in 240Hz at the moment, that makes the W5100 more recommendable than the other two series, judging by specification sheets alone.and models first announced at
We'll have an in-depth review of the W5100 series and Yahoo widgets as soon as possible.