Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 LED LCD 3D HDTV Review
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is not recommended for avid 3D fans.
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 is a good looking TV, in the tradition that Sony designers have established for the past few years. Clean lines, an ever-diminishing bezel, and a remarkable thinness are the hallmarks that continue to improve with each new generation. This particular model does not offer the Sony-branded "monolith" design that features a single sheet of glass across the entire facade, but we don't feel that there's a huge aesthetic gap here. We like this just as much.
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729's stand allows the panel to swivel back the forth, aiding in both viewing angle and access to the rear ports. The stand also feels plenty sturdy, though if you live in earthquake country it never hurts to anchor the panel to a wall.
There are a series of hard plastic buttons on the back of the Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 for controlling the TV's basic functions like power, volume, channel up/down, etc. We appreciate that Sony put these on the back of the TV as easy distinguished buttons rather than a series of flat, touch-sensitive "areas" on the bezel that function as buttons. Those are frequently hard to locate in the dark and leave fingerprints everywhere.
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729's remote control is an exemplary model of design. The feel of the buttons is just the right combination of shape and feel. The button layout is intuitive and you'll be doing no-look controlling after just a few minutes. New features this year include call-out buttons for key features like Netflix, Qriocity (unneeded, in our opinion), the i-Manual, and TrackID.
In the Box
The Sony Bravia KDL-46HX729 comes with the stand, remote control & batteries, assorted documentation, and the "getting started" manual.
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