Conclusion: While Sony’s R450A is an attractive, option packed TV, its poor off-axis performance and lack of control over intrusive features like MotionFlow have us looking elsewhere. At the $500 price point, your money will go further with competing models from the likes of Samsung and LG. Still, there’s something beautiful about how Sony renders its HD content.
Pros: Brilliant colors, Light weight, attractive design, Packed with features, Renders sports and fast-paced video well
Cons: Extremely narrow viewing axis, Unnecessarily confusing options, Fixed Motion smoothing feature creates soap opera effect on films
Excerpt: The Sony KDL-40R450 is a bit of a throwback to simpler times when TVs were just TVs. You remember, way back in about 2009, before TVs became "Smart" with connections to the Internet and a store full of apps crowding the screen.