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This review is from: Sony KDL32CX523BU 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 50Hz LCD Internet TV with Freeview HD (Electronics)Unless you read the product description carefully you may not be aware of the following which I'd like to bring to your attention:
- This TV does not have integrated WIFI. To access the features which require an internet connection you need to use a wired connection (i.e. ethernet cable between router and TV), or purchase a Sony UWABR100 USB Network Adapter which costs around £50.
- With the internet connection sorted you're ready to go, unless you want to make Skype video calls. All you need to do for this though is connect a webcam.... as long as it is Sony's own.... a Sony CMUBR100 Skype Camera for Bravia TV costing around £90.
If you're looking for a suitable wall bracket for this TV, I purchased a "Designer Habitat / Swivel And Tilt TV Wall Mount Bracket For 17 Inch / 37 Inch LED / LCD Plasma TV's" from Play. Does the job ok for only £10.99 but you'll need to buy longer screws than those supplied to fix the bracket to the TV. I also noted that the raw plugs supplied were too big for the masonry screws supplied!
Some of the sister models do come with integrated WIFI capability and LED Edge technology which this model doesn't have, but on the other hand, this TV is full HD and shows freeview HD channels whereas some of the other models don't.
A good feature is that you can attach a portable USB hard disk drive to the TV and use it to record and playback your favourite TV programs, avoiding the need for a costly separate recorder. Once formatted by the TV, the drive can only be used on that TV unless you re-format it for use on other media such as a PC.
Currently, the TV can access BBC iPlayer and 5 On Demand but not 4OD and ITV Player.
If you plan to use the TV for internet browsing then remember that there is no keyboard and all typing needs to be done slowly and frustratingly via the remote. Displayable content is also limited as integrated videos cannot be displayed and some web pages use too much memory to display at all.
Overall, this TV is still good value for money but without a little research upfront could leave you feeling slightly let down when it doesn't do everything you expected and you need to spend more money to get it there. Best advice from me would be that this is a good value range of TV's from Sony but be sure to figure which is the best specific model for you before you open your wallet. I would have given it 4 or 5 stars if it wasn't for feeling slightly misled by it being shown to have Skype, and that the accessories to add WIFI capability and a webcam are restricted to somewhat overpriced Sony products.
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Initial post: 18 Jan 2012 14:32:24 GMT
Lord Buckles says:
I bought this TV recently and instead of paying an extortionate amount for the Sony dongle just bought this instead at fraction of the price (£18) which also gives you more options like using the unit as a repeater to extend the range of your WLAN network. It was a bit troublesome at first to set up due to the rubbish instructions but if you have a look at the review section for the product plenty of people have posted how they set it up and its pretty simple to do after reading those comments. If you have problems with it not finding your router just change the channel on it to a lower one and that should sort the problem out. Also have a look at near by networks to see what channels they operate on and make sure you are operating on a different channel to avoid interference.
Posted on 12 Apr 2012 14:44:35 BDT
This is a useful and balanced review which gave me the facts no very obvious on the product description. Thanks!
Posted on 21 Jun 2012 11:01:59 BDT
This TV was on my short list to purchase in the next few days but with the extra expense of the Sony Skype webcam at some extra £85 rather than using my present PS3 camera has make it a no-go for me.
Posted on 26 Jul 2012 00:57:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jul 2012 00:59:44 BDT
This is an excellent review of this TV by someone who obviously knows what they are talking about, First Class.
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