Conclusion: Smart TVs for a second room are rare, and this 26-inch effort from Sony canters to victory by sporting a good array of apps and a great all-round picture that's helped by its 'kind to YouTube rubbish' HD-ready resolution. If Sony hadn't skimped on sound and build quality it could have been on to a real winner, but we'd still recommend the Sony KDL-26EX553 as one of the most capable 'second screens' around.
Pros: Great picture quality, Video apps, Wi-Fi, 'Easel' design, White or black styling
Cons: Average build quality, Slightly fussy UI, No support for MKV files, Weak sound
Excerpt: Yes, we know. We did it, too – in fact, the exclamations of “£430 for a 26in telly!? And it isn’t even Full HD? Are you having a laugh?” are still reverberating around the corridors of What Hi-Fi? Towers.
Pros: Attractive styling, decent spread of smart features, detailed picture, handles motion well
Cons: Not the most vibrant image, sounds insubstantial and weak, seems pricey