Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5100 LCD HDTV First Impressions Review
The KDL-40Z5100 presents a good array of features on paper, and we're intrigued by the 240Hz refresh rate.
Tour & Design
The front of the KDL-40Z5100T has few features, showing only the LED status lights in the bottom right corner, the Sony logo front and center along the bottom edge of the bevel, and the Bravia line insignia in the top left corner.
The front of the KDL-40Z5100
We could not capture the entire back of the KDL-40Z5100 on display, though you can see from this photo taken at an angle that it's pretty much what you expect the back of a flat screen TV to look like. The ports are on the right side of the unit as you face the rear, conveniently placed near the easy to access ports on that side of the TV. The visible ports include 2 sets of component video and audio in, 1 HDMI, 2 analog audio out ports, 1 digital audio out, 1 ethernet connection.
The back of the KDL-40Z5100
The left side of the KDL-40Z5100 has the easy access ports to enable quick input and output connections without needing to get to the back of the unit. The connections include HDMI, PC in, S-video, audio in, and USB ports. The right side of the KDL-40Z5100 features the control buttons to turn the unit on and off, change the channel, adjust the volume and input source, and go to the menu.
The left and right sides of the KDL-40Z5100
The KDL-40Z5100's stand is rectangular and seemed to provide stable support to the display unit we observed. The swivel function was locked, so we were unable to see how easy it was to move the unit. The wall mounting specs for the KDL-40Z5100 are not available, but it appears to have VESA-compatible mounting points.
The KDL-40Z5100's stand
As with most of Sony's flat screen line-up, the KDL-40Z5100 has understated yet stylish looks that will be at home in any but the most bletcherous media room decor choices. It won't be a head turner, however, though the bold Sony logo often carries its own panache. The KDL-40Z5100's bezel is a glossy black that's not overwhelming and shouldn't present a visual distraction in normal viewing conditions. In short, the KDL-40Z5100 doesn't wow us with its form, but presents a fashionable enough face that won't detract or distract from what it displays.
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