Consumer electronics are being crammed with more and more features, but things are a bit different when it comes to televisions. Sony is known for its televisions, and their 46HX850 model is one of the more interesting 46-inch ultra slim LED-backlit models around. It’s priced in the Rs 1 lakh+ price bracket, making it a decidedly high-end model.
The Sony TV caught on video
The Sony TV caught on video
The KDL-46HX850 is a 46-inch 3D display, which, like every other TV today, operates at a resolution of 1920x1080 and uses LED backlighting, which helps with the TV’s thinness.
Slim but sturdy design
There are plenty of connectivity options too. There are four HDMI input ports, which is plenty even if you have several sources such as an HTPC, gaming console, DTH service and Blu-ray player. There are also component and composite for older devices as well as the standard RF connection if you a use traditional cable TV connection. There are also two USB 2.0 ports on the side if you want to view content off external storage drives. As with other Sony TVs, there’s no support for NTFS, which is something we can’t get our head around. This rules out high-definition videos larger than 4 GB, which is the limit set for FAT file partitions.
There’s also a Ethernet port for internet connectivity, and the TV supports DLNA so streaming media from other devices straight to it is possible.
Sony’s designs really do make their TVs stand out from the rest. It’s no different with the 46HX850. What you see head-on is essentially a large flat glass planel with a slim, silverish bezel surrounding it.
Connectivity options at the rear of the TV
The back of the TV is made of metal with a large, solid stand holding the display upright. There’s only a little bit of a difference between the stand on this cheaper 46HX850 model as compared to the massive 55-inch 55HX925 model we reviewed a few months ago.
The remote control bundled with the 46HX850 is no different from the 55HX925 that we reviewed a while ago. It’s lighter than most other remotes of other brands.
Basic remote - identical to the previous models
It’s predominantly made of plastic and has a list of multimedia controls at the top , followed by the direction controls used for controlling the user interface. Then, there are the number buttons which are intended for switching channels but are allso useful while browsing the internet.
Default keyboard isn't the simplest to use
While most web-connected HD media players only let users stream media from the Internet and access social networking, the HX850 comes with a proper browser. The look and feel reminds you most of the Sony PlayStation 3’s web browser. Font and page rendering are pretty good and are almost identical to the experience on a PC or notebook.
Apart from being able to stream media off external storage drives, there are also a bundle of online media streaming services that are included in the TV’s interface. The Indian media streaming channels show mostly Hindi TV shows.
Indian TV shows streamed over the internet
There’s also a special Sony Entertainment Network channel airing more of these shows. Video quality is decent and is comparable to most DTH services. There’s support for YouTube and other social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter as well.
One of the biggest downsides of this TV, as with most Sony products, is the lack of compatibility with NTFS drives.
Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 9:20 pm IST
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