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Sony KDL-22E5300 review

Is Sony's frame a picture perfect small HDTV?

Our Verdict

This is about as luxurious and impressive as a small TV is likely to get

For

  • Excellent pictures for this size
  • Outstanding feature count

Against

  • Not that cheap for a 22in TV
  • Limited online service

Most small TVs are either really basic, or really rubbish, but not so this Sony 22E5300 that's so packed with features and, yes, quality that it humbles many TVs twice the size.

You can tell at once that the KDL-22E5300 is something special, because in place of the usual shiny black or plasticky grey rectangle is a gloss white main bezel, offset to eye-catching effect by a slim outer black frame. The design resembles some kind of high-tech digital picture frame. This is undoubtedly deliberate, and reflects the TV's really quite remarkable multimedia affinities. For instance, there's an Ethernet port you can use to access multimedia fodder on a connected DLNA-certified PC.

What's more, this port can also connect up to Sony's AppliCast online service, which includes a small selection of digital photos and artworks you can download to use as low-power screensavers.

The discovery of the high spec Bravia Engine 3 video processing on such a small TV is an emphatic indication of just how seriously the company is taking its 22in 'baby'.

It's obvious as soon as you sit down to watch the 22E5300 that Sony's attempts to inject real quality into the 'portable' market have paid off handsomely.

Performance

Its black level response, for instance, is way ahead of the rest of the 22in pack, delivering dark scenes with scarcely a trace of the dreaded grey mist that so blights so many small LCD TVs.

Also superb are its colours. Hues across a noticeably wide spectrum are pushed forth with dynamism and fulsome saturations, while tones in general, and even tricky complexions, are strikingly credible.

Motion is fluid and only marginally affected by LCD's blurring problem, too. This makes it easier to appreciate the TV's ability to commandingly render the crispness of good HD sources, as well as the exceptional way the BE3 processing upscales standard definition to the HD Ready screen.

With only some minor noise over fine details to occasionally spoil the otherwise excellent pictures, and some unusually potent audio keeping the tip-top images company, the 22E5300 really does set a new benchmark for the small TV market. So long as you don't mind paying a premium for it.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHD Ready 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyBRAVIA E
Brand NameSony
Screen Size55.9 cm (22")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard100 x 100
Operating Power Consumption37 W
Standby Power Consumption370 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio80,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand397 mm
Width with Stand586 mm
Depth with Stand156 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height378 mm
Width586 mm
Depth90 mm
ColourWhite, Black
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Surround Sound
Product SeriesE
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesAuto Power On, Auto-off, Picture in Picture, Teletext, Picture and Picture (PAP), Flashback, Channel Labeling, Auto Program
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-22E5300
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-22E5300 22" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL22E5300U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

At 22", the KDL-22E5300 LCD TV is small but perfectly formed. Ideal for a bedroom, study or a kitchen; wall or table-mountable. Picture Frame Design simply oozes style and it comes with a home entertainment network to link up all your digital devices.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-22E5300 LCD TV
  • Operating Instructions
  • Table-Top Stand
  • Remote Control
  • AC Cable
SpeakersYes