Sony KDL-55V5100 LCD HDTV First Impression Review

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Our first impressions review of the KDL-55V5100. It\'s very inexpensive for its size.

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
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Front


The front of the KDL-55V5100 has a clean, uncluttered look, with just three indicator lights on the bottom edge of the bezel. The bezel itself is shiny plastic, which could pick up reflections.

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*The front of the KDL-55V5100 showing a moody landscape *

Back


We were not able to take a shot of the back of the KDL-55V5100, as it was bolted to the wall and Sony representatives resisted our attempts to tear it off to take a closer look. However, we believe that it looks similar to the back of the KDL-40V5100, which is shown below, with a group of ports in a recessed panel on the right side.

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*The back of the KDL-40V5100. The KDL-55V5100 is

larger, but otherwise similar

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Sides


On the left side is a panel that holds most of the input ports. On the right side of the KDL-55V5100 (looking from the front) are the controls. The angle of the photograph is not to exaggerate the monolith-esque look of the TV, but because there was another one next to that meant we could not get a better shot.

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The left and right sides of the KDL-55V5100

Stand/Mount


Because the demo unit we looked at was bolted to a wall, we couldn't take a look at the stand. However, we were informed that the stand was similar to the one supplied with the 40-inch model, which is shown below.

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*The stand of the KDL-40V5100, which is similar to the one

that will come with the 55-inch model

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Aesthetics


The KDL-55V5100 has a clean, simple design that is functional without being flashy. If you want flashy, you could spray paint it bright pink, but the existing approach will work for most people.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Performance Features
  3. Connectivity & Media
  4. Controls, Menu & Remote
  5. Conclusion
  6. Series Comparison

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