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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
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Front


The front of the Sony KDL-40S5100 has a glossy, very dark blue, bezel around the entire display. The Sony logo sits below the display on the logo, with the infrared port sitting slightly to the left of it. Below the bezel is a black speaker bar, with three LED indicators sitting just above it.

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LED Indicators
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Back


On the back of the Sony KDL-40S5100 you'll find a collection of ports towards the right side when facing the back. The power cord extends out from roughly the middle and there are also mounting points found on the back. For information about the ports on the back of the Sony KDL-40S5100 see our Connectivity section.

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Ports
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Sides


On the left side of the Sony KDL-40S5100 you'll find another colection of ports. On the right side are the on-tv controls. For information about the ports on the side of the Sony KDL-40S5100 see our Connectivity section.

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Stand/Mount


The Sony KDL-40S5100's stand is a simple glossy black plastic slab, that tapers from back to front. It does not rotate, unfortunately.

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  • The Sony KDL-40S5100's stand does not rotate. *

 

Controls


The on-tv controls are found on the right side of the KDL-40S5100. From top to bottom they are power, channel up/down, volume up/down, input and menu.

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Remote Control


The Sony KDL-40S5100's remote controls is similar to others we've seen from Sony. It's slim, and not too large, with nice big buttons and a curved and textured back that makes it easier to hold.

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In The Box*(6.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100 ships with a manual, remote and batteries. No cleaning cloth or HDMI cable are included. The television does require some setup, and at it's size you'll want a second person to help getting the display onto the stand.

 

Aesthetics*(4.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's looks aren't going knock anyone's socks off. We don't particularly like the very visible infrared port and indicator labels on the front. We also found the grey/blue color of the bezel a bit off-putting. It is a very simple design, however, and should fade into your decor easily.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN40B650
  14. Vs Vizio SV471XVT
  15. Vs JVC LT42P300
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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