Tour & Design
The KLV-40ZX1M has only the status lights on the front. The bezel has a brushed metal finish that is different from the matte or glossy plastic bezels of most of Sony's other LCD TV product lines.
The front of the KLV-40ZX1M
The back of the KLV-40ZX1M is dominated by a black plastic panel that has no grills but has a very glossy, glitter-infested finish. The single video input port is hidden in the section of the panel that connects to the base.
The back of the KLV-40ZX1M
The KLV-40ZX1M is so thin that we really don't think it would be possible to locate any features on either side. Sony came to the same conclusion and the KLV-40ZX1M has no features on its sides.
The left side of the KLV-40ZX1M
The KLV-40ZX1M's stand is quite different than those of Sony's other flat screen LCD displays. It has a circular shape with an arm at the rear that mounts at an angle to the rear of the display. This pedestal mount can be removed so that the KLV-40ZX1M can be mounted on a wall with a VESA-standard mount or a model-specific mount available from Sony.
The KLV-40ZX1M's pedestal stand
With its brushed-metal look on the front and its ultra-thin profile, the KLV-40ZX1M is one of our favorite units in Sony's line-up in terms of design. Unfortunately, there is only one thing that ruins it - the blue glitter embedded in the plastic finish of the back panel. What is that? Why is glitter appropriate here on a TV that costs $4,000? While we bear no rancor toward Sony's design staff for this, we could really do without a material best suited for Tinkerbell Haloween costumes liberally applied to a high-end TV.