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Sony KDL-40S5100 LCD HDTV Review

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Remote Control

Remote Control Summary
{{article.attachments['Sony-KDL-40S5100-vanity.jpg']}} • Easy to hold in hand • Poor placement of volume and channel buttons
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Ergonomics & Durability*(6.9)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's remote is the same one we've seen on several other Sony HDTVs. It's relatively slim, which makes it seem longer than it actually is. The remote is made of matte black plastic, with grooves on the back to provide some grip, as well as a notch for your finger to sit in. The remote isn't very heavy and balance is good when holding it at neutral. Moving your hand down the remote to access other buttons does cause the balance to get a little off. The buttons on the remote are made of soft plastic, with the exception of the directional pad which is hard plastic. The buttons could do well to provide a bit more key travel, and definitely need better tactile feedback. The remote doesn't have a backlight, which is a concern when operating in the dark.

 

Button Layout & Use*(5.5)*


The layout of most buttons on the Sony KDL-40S5100's remote are reasonable, with one glaring exception that we just can't understand. You'll notice in the picture to the right that the channel and volume buttons are located almost at the opposite end of the remote from the directional pad. These are your most used buttons on any remote, and placing them far away from each other is a silly decision. Even worse is placing two often used buttons like volume and channel in a place that doesn't feel very well balanced. Aside from this major problem the buttons on the Sony KDL-40S5100 are clearly labeled, easy to understand and comfortable to press.

 

Programming & Flexibility*(1.0)*


The Sony KDL-40S5100's remote cannot be used as a universal remote. It can, however, be used to control other Sony products connected to the KDL-40S5100 via HDMI cable. This uses a proprietary Sony technology, and as we aren't big fans of proprietary tech we're only awarding a single point for it.

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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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