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Great for gaming, predictably falls short as 'smart' TV....
on 15 May 2015
A few weeks ago, two vertical striped 'shadows' now appear down the left hand side of the screen in dark scenes. It's a uniformity issue and it's getting worse. I'm just tired of quality issues with Sony sets and now wouldn't recommend them to my worst enemy.
I've only had the TV a couple of days, and it's the best TV over 30" in size that I've ever come across for gaming. You get full RGB colours (remember to set this on the console to take full advantage), and the colour reproduction itself is amazing (blacks are so black that it appears to be switched off when the screen is black). Input lag and response times are low, there is no ghosting whatsoever and motion blur is barely existent. The Bravia Link features are great for PS3 and PS4 integration. You can control the XMB with the TV remote control for example, and when you switch the TV off, the console will switch off as well.
Edit: I wrote this review days ago but just want to add to the above paragraph. I discovered the website 'testufo' which allows you to run motion checks on your TV or monitor. This Sony TV actually beats my 24" Samsung monitor that I assumed would be superior because it wasn't cheap and was specifically designed for computer use. The Sony TV fares better in every. single. test. and I'm completely blown away. Anyway... back to my original review text...
If only I could be so positive about the smart aspect of the TV. It has the same shortcomings as almost every other smart TV on the market, in that it doesn't have all of the essential catchup services. BBC iPlayer and 5 OnDemand are there, but there is no sign of ITV Player or 4OD. You can't login to the Twitter and Google (YouTube, etc.) apps if you have 2-step verification enabled, a quick search reveals this problem has ALWAYS existed and Sony simply haven't bothered to fix the apps. Worse, I see messages from Sony support staff on their forum dated September 2014 telling people to disable 2-step verification in order to use them. Unacceptable. People should not have to reduce security on their accounts just to make apps work on a not-so-smart TV. These things should have been fixed long ago.
Then there are features which simply don't work anyway. There's a 'social view' button on the remote for example that lets you view program related Tweets when watching TV shows - but 90% of the time it doesn't work. Despite pressing the button dozens of times in the past two days, I've got the feature working twice - very briefly. There is also a feature on the discover menu allowing you to see what your friends are watching. Click the button however, and you'll get a message saying "this service has been discontinued".
So yeah, to conclude: It's a fantastic TV for gaming, but yet another reminder that established TV manufacturers can't be trusted to make internet enabled TVs. If it was possible to get a non-Smart version of this set (I don't think you can), that and an Amazon Fire or Google TV box would be a far superior 'smart' TV solution.