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on 31 December 2011
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.