In this video, I’ll be reviewing the Sony BRAVIA KDL-32W700C, a great value 32-inch (80cm) Smart TV. You’ll see its features, apps (including the internet browser), design, remote control, and more!
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My notes on the BRAVIA KDL-32W700C:
– Let’s start with the basics – this is a great looking TV. It measures in at 32 inches, and the bezel is relatively small – just 0.4 inches or 1cm. The minimalistic stand is also a nice touch.
– The panel is 1080p, which is really all you need at this size, and it’s high quality, producing sharp pictures, vivid colours and good contrast. It has 178 degree viewing angles, which most likely mean that it’s an IPS.
– The sound is quite good – it’s a step above most flat screens. The bass reflex speakers can apparently output 20 watts, which I find hard to believe, but they do get loud and the audio quality is surprisingly decent.
– In terms of inputs, you’re getting component and composite inputs, if you still use those, an Ethernet input, and four HDMI ins – three on the back and one on the side for quick access.
– Now, let’s talk about what you will notice when using this TV. First, say that you wanted to power it on and watch some free to air broadcasts. Well, this works just as you would expect it to. The only issue is that the TV does take a little while (around 15 or 20 seconds) after you switch it on before it will really do anything – so you can’t change channels or launch an app for about half a minute. It’s slightly annoying at first, but you get used to it.
– Another cool feature is the PVR – you simply plug a USB device into a port on the side of the TV, it’ll then ask you whether you want to initialise the device, and once that’s done you can simply press the Record button on the remote. Do note, however, that the device (flash / hard drive) you use must be more than 32GB in size.
– Now onto the Smart TV section. It’s simple enough to use – press the Home button on your remote and you’ll see this nicely designed interface centred around five tabs – Channel, Movies, Album, Music and Apps. These offer a choice of both locally stored and internet content. Navigate to the music tab, for example, and you can view music videos from VEVO or MP3 files stored on a connected flash drive.
– You can connect to the Internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi.
– I hear you asking, “But what about the apps?” Well, there’s quite a few of them, to say the least. You’ve got your big names, like YouTube, Netflix, and, if you live in Australia, catch-up services like ABC iView. Then there’s TED, Billabong, CNBC, the Huffington Post, CollegeHumour, I could go on and on.
– There’s also a web browser (from which you can surf Google, etc), but the experience isn’t the best. You can do a bit of casual browsing, but it’s a simple fact that most websites aren’t designed to be viewed from a distance.
– Now most apps, like YouTube, are thoughtfully designed and have good 10-foot user interfaces – they’re easy enough to use while sitting a good distance away from the screen. That is, until you need to type some text. There’s no keyboard on the bundled remote, so you’re forced to navigate an on-screen layout using the D-pad – and it can get pretty painful.
– But on a more positive note, the TV has so many features and settings that it’s easy to forget its minor issues. I’d recommend the BRAVIA KDL-32W700C, especially since it comes in at a price of under AUD$700.
MUSIC CREDITS: “Strange Precident” and “Magic Marker”, both by Silent Partner and both from the YouTube Audio Library.