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Sony Bravia V5810 (KDL-40V5810) review: Sony Bravia V5810 (KDL-40V5810)

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The Good Fantastic picture quality; deep black levels; freesat HD tuner.

The Bad No 100Hz processing; slightly uneven backlighting.

The Bottom Line The Sony Bravia KDL-40V5810's Web and networking features are disappointing, but, in pretty much every other department, this set puts in a superb performance. As a result, we think it offers great value for money

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Sony has a habit of slapping outrageously high price tags on its TVs, but, with the 40-inch, 1080p Bravia KDL-40V5810 LCD set, it's managed to somehow resist this temptation. Despite boasting an impressive line-up of features, including an on-board freesat tuner and a range of Internet widgets, this telly is available online for just £800.

That's it, in the corner
The KDL-40V5810 isn't exactly the prettiest TV we've ever clapped eyes on, and its piano-black finish doesn't exactly set it apart from the competition. But the design is understated enough so that the TV doesn't draw attention to itself when it's sitting idle in the corner of a room. In our book, this is no bad thing.

Features-wise, it's a whole different ball game. The KDL-40V5810 has plenty going on under the bonnet. Not only does it boast a 1080p panel, but it's also got a built-in freesat tuner so you can use it to watch the BBC and ITV HD services without having to worry about subscription fees. Naturally, the TV also has a terrestrial digital tuner, so, if you don't have a satellite dish, you can use a normal aerial instead to watch Freeview channels.

Setting up the telly is pretty straightforward, and there's a manual stored in the TV's memory, so you can call it up on the screen at any time if you get stuck. Most of the TV's features are controlled via the XrossMediaBar interface, which is similar to the interface used on Sony's PSP and PS3 games consoles. It's easy to navigate using the comfortable and pleasantly laid-out remote, but there are also submenus that you can call up at the press of a button, to bring up the picture and sound controls.

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