Sony Bravia KDL-26V4000 review: Sony Bravia KDL-26V4000

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Sensible price; good range of connections; impressive pictures; easy to use.

The Bad Short on features; not the prettiest TV available; no USB or SD card slots.

The Bottom Line On paper, the Sony Bravia KDL-26V4000 doesn't seem to have much going for it, apart, perhaps, from its Bravia Engine video-processing technology. But that just proves you should never trust specs alone, as it's actually one of the finest 26-inch LCD TVs we've seen

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7.5 Overall

The 26-inch KDL-26V4000 LCD TV, with an HD Ready resolution of 1,366x768 pixels, is that rarest of things: a Sony Bravia set that can genuinely be described as affordable. But we hope Sony hasn't sacrificed too much in the way of features and performance to achieve the price tag of around £400.

The price of the 26V4000 isn't much more than that charged by budget brands like Goodmans and Bush for their 26-inch LCD TVs. It seems Sony has finally released the affordable LCD TV that hard-up fans of the company have been praying for.

The set's provision of three HDMI ports is better than you'd expect at this price, and there's a D-Sub PC input as well, so you can get even more value out of the screen by doubling it up as a PC monitor.

The 26V4000 also features Sony's respected Bravia Engine video-processing technology. As we'd hoped, this helps the 26V4000 to produce some of the best pictures we've seen from a 26-inch TV.

Thanks to a killer combination of bright, rich colours and some of the deepest, most convincing black levels we've seen on such a small TV, the 26V4000's pictures look startlingly vibrant and dynamic.

They're bright, too, making the 26V4000 a great option for a bright room or conservatory. The fact that the picture can produce deep blacks without having to seriously compromise on brightness means the set can display plenty of the shadow detailing that gives dark scenes their depth.

We were pleased to note, too, that the 26V4000 gets real mileage out of its HD Ready resolution, delivering clarity and detail in spite of its relatively diminutive screen size.

The Bravia Engine comes into its own when handling standard-definition content, enabling the TV to produce programmes from its Freeview tuner with a level of noiseless sharpness that most rival sets can't match.

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