CNET First Look
Sony Bravia KDL-46W5100With a full suite of interactive features as well as solid picture quality, the Sony KDL-W5100 series might be worth the higher price to streaming video fans.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm David Katzmaier, with Sony's KDL46W5100. This is the middle size in the company's 5100 series. There's also a 52 and a 40-inch model. This one will apply to all three sizes. This is Sony's least expensive TV with its full interactivity suite. We'll get to that in a moment, but first off, the styling of this set. It's very compact for its screen size. Just a very thin border around the edge here, and a little bit more along the bottom. We do like the overall compact appearance of this set. The stand doesn't swivel, however. The main feature on this set, as we mentioned, is its video interactive suite. There are a bunch of different video services available on this TV. You can go into the menu and download stuff from Sports Illustrated. You can watch videos from CBS. There's also a lot of less well-known names, but in general, it's kind of a hodgepodge. There is one notable addition, though. There's Netflix streaming available on this TV. It might not be available yet, but Sony says they will add it, so perhaps by the time you see this video, it will be in the mix. There's also a YouTube client, and the ability to check out Yahoo widgets, which are little Internet interactivity options, including a weather widget and one for Twitter and that sort of stuff. So this TV does have a pretty solid suite of interactive options. Moving on, the picture settings on this TV are pretty darn good. You can go into the menu system and adjust the color, the gamma, a lot of different advanced settings, so again, if you like tweaking the picture, it's pretty darn good. The back panel on this TV only has one HDMI input, in addition to two component video inputs and a smattering of analog jacks. The side panel is where the action is on this TV. There's three HDMI inputs and a PC input, so if you make a lot of temporary connections, you might appreciate the extra, easy-access side panel inputs. We took the Sony into the lab. We were generally pretty impressed by it's picture quality. It does allow you to get a pretty accurate color once you make those adjustments, although we didn't really appreciate that the very dark and black areas of the picture were tinged blue, which is kind of typical of some LCDs. Speaking of blacks, this TV does produce pretty darn good black levels for an LCD. Not quite as good as the best plasmas, but in terms of a standard, backlit LCD it does pretty darn well. Video processing on the Sony was also solid. It does have one of our favorite dejutter modes, which smoothes out the picture, and it has 120 hertz processing, although you can't separate the deblurring from the dejutter on this TV, so we'd really like that customization option. That's a quick look at the Sony KDLW5100 series, and I'm David Katzmaier. ^M00:02:28 [ Music ]