Sony KDL-26EX320 review

The Sony KDL-26EX320 has a great spec sheet, including integrated wi-fi for streaming and it's Skype-ready too Tested at £380

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Our Verdict

A fine TV with only one notable flaw – but it’s quite significant

For

  • Slim, good looking and well specified
  • nearly every aspect of its pictures impress...

Against

  • ...except (and there’s no two ways about this) they’re a bit dim

At first glance, £380 seems a lot of money to pay for such a small TV.

Only when you delve into this Sony’s specification does that price begin to make sense. Sony hasn’t allowed its dimensions to dictate this TV’s features.

Among its rivals, only the Sony features edge-array LED backlighting, or integrated wi-fi for streaming from a home network – or Sony’s own extensive online facilities.

Only the Sony is Skype-ready, has a smartphone control app or a ‘presence sensor’ that switches the TV to standby if you get up and walk away for a while. Even the table-top stand is an elegant cut above the norm.

Fine picture lacks some punch

The Sony has extensive set-up options, but under no circumstances could we get a particularly bright picture – and it’s even dimmer when seated off-axis.

Yet, in every other respect, its picture-making ability is formidable. Downscaling a Blu-ray of True Grit, it’s the prodigious detail levels, secure motion handling and convincing textures that are most immediately impressive.

A wide-ranging colour palette and smoothly rendered edges aren’t far behind.
The Sony does solid work when asked to upscale DVDs and TV broadcasts, too.

There’s still no particular punch to contrasts, but black tones are detailed and whites clean, while motion, detail and edge definition all lead the field.

Good with colours and textures
The EX320 is as prone to picture noise as any of its competitors, but it does good work with colours and textures – when it comes to delivering standard-definition pictures, this Sony is the most accomplished screen here.

Considering its slim, 4cm chassis, the EX320 sounds quite spacious – there’s an openness to the sound that’s at significant odds to the majority of its competitors. It’s pretty well balanced too, though the high frequencies are the aural equivalent of a paper-cut.

So, in most respects the Sony is admirable – if only the pictures were punchier, and the sound not quite so.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesEX320
Product LineBRAVIA
Product NameSony KDL-26EX320
Product ModelKDL-26EX320
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Brand NameSony
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL26EX320BU

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports2

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassB
Standby Power Consumption350 mW
Viewable Screen Size66 cm (26")
Energy Consumption per Year55 kWh
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
Operating Power Consumption63 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand18.2 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate7.20 kg
Width with Stand63.1 cm
Weight Approximate6.10 kg
Height with Stand42.1 cm
Width63.1 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Depth4.2 cm
Height40.6 cm
ColourBlack
Dimensions40.6 cm (H): 63.1 cm (W): 4.2 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesWeb Browser, Sleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Picture in Picture, Favorite Channel Selection
Streaming ServiceHbbTV
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
Smart TVYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Curved ScreenNo
Screen Size66 cm (26")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes

Audio

RMS Output Power16 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse, Surround Sound

Video

Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format720p
Number of Tuners1
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-26EX320 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • AC Power Cable

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year