Sony Bravia KDL-65W5100 - To Buy or Not to Buy!
Today's HD televisions are becoming more and more interactive, and the Sony Bravia KDL-65W5100 is proof of it. This model from Sony comes loaded with many interactive features, and the best part is that it is more affordable than other HDTVs in its size range.
To keep you updated on important events, the Sony Bravia KDL-65W5100 comes with the three basic Yahoo Widgets - Yahoo News, Yahoo Weather and Yahoo Finance. Yahoo News load the quickest of them all, but only displays a bit of information and not the entire story from various categories like Politics and Entertainment, without an option to read more, while Yahoo Weather, which displays the current weather and a five-day forecast for various cities, and Yahoo Finance, which allows you to import and keep track of stock information, take a few minutes to load. These Yahoo widgets can also be found on other models and even in other brands. However, the good thing about having them on the KDL-65W5100 is that you can place them wherever you want on the screen, not just at the bottom.
The KDL-65W5100 also has a Twitter widget, which displays the most recent tweets, either from your own account or an account you follow, and is even updated real-time. You can even post your own tweet, although you will have to use the directional keys on the remote to navigate through the virtual keyboard, which can be quite frustrating.
Aside from providing you with the latest updates, the interactivity suite of the KDL-65W5100 also offers built-in video streaming, which means you don't have to spend extra cash on buying a Bravia Internet Video Link. Rather, you can watch your favorite videos from the web almost instantly (give it a few minutes to load) and some of them are even HD, like the videos on Amazon Video on Demand, making use of your HDTV's stunning screen clarity.
You can also watch videos from YouTube and a variety of clips from other providers like Sports Illustrated, CBS, The Minisode Network, Blip.tv, Howcast.com, FEARnet and Style.com, among others. A partnership with Netflix-on-Demand is also in the works, which means that soon, you can have the chance to watch your favorite movies and TV episodes instantly on your HDTV screen.
You can also access the video content stored on the other computers in your home network, since the KDL-65W5100 has enhanced DLNA capability. You can access the music files you've downloaded on them, too, in addition to the music you can listen to from your favorite Internet Radio stations.
Finally, the KDL-65W5100 also has an interactive program guide, which means its list of television programs is regularly updated via your Internet connection for free, so you don't miss out on your favorite shows and movies on TV.
Indeed, the Sony Bravia KDL-65W5100 makes a great interactive HDTV and an excellent HDTV overall, with breathtaking picture quality, enough picture modes and presets, an energy-saving Eco Menu and enough connectivity options for all your needs. Don't be alarmed if you find only one HDMI input at the back. You will find three others on the side, along with the USB port and the PC input for convenience, especially for those who plan on mounting this stylish piece on the wall.