Sony XEL-1 OLED HDTV First Impressions Review

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Unless you have more disposable income than a duck has feathers, the XEL-1 is a bad purchase.

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Tour & Design

**Front**

The XEL-1 has a rather unusual design; instead of the more usual approach of putting the circuitry behind the screen, all of the control circuits are in the pedestal, with an armature connecting the two. The reason for this is to keep the panel as thin as possible; after all, the entire point of this screen is to show how cool OLEDs are. 

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The XEL-1 has a rather unusual design

**Back**

There is nothing interesting on the back of the panel itself, but the ports for the XEL-1 are located on the back of the pedestal.

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The ports are on the back of the pedestal

**Sides**

There are no significant features on the side of the XEL-1, but you can see how the armature holds the panel in place, and how it allows the screen to tilt. the panel itself is just 3mm thick. 

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The panel itself is very thin: just 3mm

 

**Stand/Mount**

The stand of the XEL-1 is the pedestal itself, which sits flat on the surface. There is no way to wall mount this display, as the screen can only tilt back to a 55 degree angle.

**Aesthetics**

The XEL-1 is certainly an interesting looking display, and it would definitely be a conversation piece. But the design does limit how it can be used, and the shiny black plastic of the case does pick up fingerprints rather easily (as you can see from our photos of the model on display at the CES show). 

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Sections

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

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