Televisions.com Reviews the Sony XEL-1
Leading TV reviews and feedback platform, Televisions.com has today published its review of the Sony XEL-1, a miniature 11 inch OLED TV available since early 2009. The website also features background articles, latest TV news and reviews from leading experts and user feedback.
TV reviews, in its later part takes a few minutes to explain the revolutionary OLED technology and consequently pans on to the candid observations of the test team. After extensive tests, the review pegs the lifetime of the XEL-1 at 17,000 hours. A pilot project if it could be termed that, the XEL-1 as expected features only limited connectivity options. Two HDMI ports and a USB port supporting playback of digital photos is all that it has to offer. The review expounds the legendary design of the XEL-1 with the screen size being about 11 inches (28 centimeters) and the maximum thickness of the unit being 1cm and the minimum being 3mm. The antenna protruding from the back of the TV could have been done without but provides analog TV, along with terrestrial and digital cable signals (DVB-C & DVB-T). The test team was visibly disappointed with the meager resolution of 960x540 which is about a quarter of Full HD. The remote control does no damage to the expectations set by the XEL-1’s design measuring a sleek 9mm in depth and complementing the TV set to the hilt. The test team was unhappy with the XEL-1’s analog picture owing to the lack of sharpness. The motion clarity had the reviewers impressed with its quality better than the Plasma or even the 200Hz LCD TV. The speakers hidden in the pedestal emitted a clear and expansive sound for speech and music except for a weak bass component. The test team was impressed with Sony’s OLED technology displaying pure blacks and neutral colour tones. Blu-ray movies fared better than DVDs but still were subject to flicker as the XEL-1 has very few pixels for reproduction. The Sony XEL-1 reflects any ambient light and hence the high contrast can only be enjoyed in a completely dark environment. The review then goes on to provide a set of ideal settings for the TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre which pertain to the playback of HDTV/Blu-ray material via an HDMI interface in darkened environments.
Friedrich said: “The Sony XEL-1 is a cutting-edge innovation that features the OLED technology that will take the market by storm. If this TV set is judged ignoring popular LCD/Plasma conventions it performs up to expectations. But a bigger screen at this price with OLED is what we would all want to wait for.”
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