Sony KDL-40W905A

Sony KDL-40W905A 40" Smart 3D LED television

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The Sony KDL-40W905A is a fine example of a 40" set - but not necessarily the brightest star. Overall, it's good - and certainly it benefits from some pretty nifty features from Sonys vision buffs (including their Triluminos display and X-Reality PRO processing engine), but it is up against some fairly strong competition from the likes of Samsung and Panasonic, and for us it just misses out on being the best on the block at this size.

However, it's still a brilliant set, and Sony fans will love it. The picture is probably its strongest feature, and it certainly looks great. We found it adept on both movies and television alike. It's Full HD and has both Freeview HD and Freesat HD as standard. It's also got an impressive refresh rate thanks to its Motionflow XR enhancer. Motion is indeed rendered well - it doesn't quite compete with some of the plasma sets out there, but holds its own well in the LED market.

Smart features are easy thanks to the bullt in wireless, and you'll enjoy accessing Sony's wealth of features online. Catch up TV is also easy to use - the Smart features lack some of the sparkle that some other sets bring to the table, but overall its a pleasureable experience that you will find hard to fault.

If you are a 3D fan, its easy to get started thanks to the two pairs of glasses included. There's also an option to add a web camera to allow you to make Skype calls to friends and family too. It will even record to USB too so things are simple.

So why aren't we shouting loudly about it? Well, there's nothing wrong with the set, it's just that you might find the competition just takes the edge on some of the features. Take the Smart functions - they are excellent but not outstanding. It's just those little things that slightly detract in a tough market. However, there is some balance - that 5 year warranty for collecting the set is free, and that can make quite a bit of difference.

Overall, if you have already decided this set is the one for you we know you won't be disappointed and we'd say go for it. If you are pondering on other sets around the same price mark, it may be wirth looking into this a little more before opting for this set. However, you may still end up going for this Sony - it is a good set after all.

Tech Spec

General

Model KDL-40W905A
Warranty 1 year

Range

Sony TVs All, W9

Display

Screen type LED
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080
Screen size 40 inches
Is it 4K? No, Full HD
Curved screen or soundbar No
Is it 3D? Yes
3D type No
Converts 2D picture to 3D Yes
Television tuner Freeview, Freeview HD, Freesat, Freesat HD
Video formats 3GP, AVCHD, AVI, JPEG, MKV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPO, WMV, XVid

Sound

Speaker Configuration Integrated stereo speakers
Number of channels 2
Power rating at Not specified
Power per channel 10W
Total power rating 20W
Audio formats LPCM, MP3, WMA

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI connections 4 in
SCART connections 1 in, 1 out
Composite connections 1 in
Component connections 1 in
Optical connections 1 out
Aerial connections 1 x Aerial input
Analog connections 2 in
USB connections 3, To playback from USB sticks, To playback from USB hard drives, To record to USB sticks, To record to USB hard drives

Networking

Is it Smart? Yes
Web Browser Yes
Screen Mirroring No
Catch Up services BBC iPlayer
Video calling Skype, Optional camera available
Internet services Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

Accessories

Remote Control Remote control included, Apple app available, Android app available
3D Glasses supplied? 4 pairs
Stand included Yes
Wall bracket included No
Camera included No, optional camera available

Power Rating

Energy Rating A
Annual Power Consumption (kW/year) 86

Measurements

Dimensions with stand (W x H x D) 91.7 x 57.4 x 29.8 cm
Dimensions without stand (W x H x D) 91.7 x 54.1 x 6.1 cm
Weight with stand 14.4 kg
Weight without stand 12.3 kg
Boxed dimensions (W x H x D) 122.7 x 65.0 x 14.7 cm