Sony Bravia KDL-50W829B review - now £739 with free soundbar
3 November 2014
Excerpt: The Sony W829 is one of the first 2014 TVs from Sony, reviewed here with a 50in screen size. It may not be the flagship model, but it has every feature we've come to expect from one, including a revised SEN smart TV interface and an incredibly minimal design that puts other TVs to shame. When we originally looked at it, the W829 cost £1,000, but because Sony was one of the first out the gate for 2014, you can now pick one up for significantly less.
Conclusion: Overall, the KDL-55W955 can be considered an accomplished AV performer, yet with a somewhat curmudgeonly personality. Hopefully Sony will address the unreliability of its media server software – it fails too frequently to be forgivable – but other aspects of its connectability can’t be changed.
Conclusion: The Sony W95 is a convincing advert for Sony's unconventional wedge design. The look is not only fresh but technically innovative, specifically when it comes to audio performance where the W95 forcefully out-shouts rival large screens. The W95 is also a fine picture performer, with excellent colour reproduction, zingy contrast and superior motion handling.
Pros: Sony’s innovative wedge design reaps big rewards when it comes to audio performance, motion handling and colour fidelity are top notch, a raft of Smart connectivity options ensure you’ll always have something to watch
Cons: Multimedia playback is disappointingly flaky (particularly via network NAS), Smart proposition lacks ITV Player and 4OD, Social View and Skype implementations not entirely convincing, images unable to deliver deepest black levels
Summary: A 50in, edge-lit LED LCD TV with smart features aplenty for under a grand? Come on, Sony, you're pulling our leg. Only Sony's not doing anything of the sort, because the KDL-50W829B - catchy name, guys, we love it - is just that set. Given that it launches at £900 and will most likely see price drops over the next few months, we could soon be looking at a lot of TV for really not that much money. Well, not that much in the world of 50in TVs at any rate.
Pros: Superb picture, Well-stocked smart TV portal, Lovely looks
Cons: Whites could be punchier, Sound merely decent, No ITV Player or 4oD
Conclusion: It may have lost a star, but this 50in Sony is still worth an audition
Pros: Remarkably clear and detailed picture, Natural colour balance, Smooth motion, Deep black levels, Decent sound, Smart interface is slick and intuitive, Remote is responsive and easy to use, Sleek design, Good connectivity and features
Cons: Whites could be a touch brighter and punchier, Hint of 3D image instability, Reds could be more vivid, Rivals offer crisper detail