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Sony KDL-26EX553 review

A small, smart and serious TV for a bedroom or kitchen

Though one of few smart TVs at the 26-inch size, it's nevertheless the Sony KDL-26EX553's picture quality, not its apps, that most impress us.

Still, any TV this size with Wi-Fi, Freeview HD and some semblance of (albeit not perfect) digital file support and networking was always going to impress.

We liked

In terms of picture quality, the Sony KDL-26EX553 is a great all-rounder, with contrast and colours its key strengths. The HD-ready resolution proves a help, not a hindrance, at this size, helping to make disparate sources clean and watchable.

We like the wide choice of apps available, too. Meanwhile, the Media Remote app is effective, as is the hard button version, while the 'easel' design looks great - at least from afar.

We disliked

The chance to indulge in USB playback, apps and home networking on the small screen is welcome and long overdue - surely in the bedroom is where one is most likely to have the time and patience to scroll through apps, or watch digital video files - though without MKV support, it's a chance missed.

Audio is relatively poor, ruling out the KDL-26EX553 as an all-in-one solution for music, too (even though it hosts radio channels on Freeview and plays MP3s via USB and networking), and it hasn't got the wow factor in terms of build quality that have graced previous Sony efforts of this size.

Final verdict

Smart TVs for a second room are rare, and this 26-inch effort from Sony canters to victory by sporting a good array of apps and a great all-round picture that's helped by its 'kind to YouTube rubbish' HD-ready resolution.

If Sony hadn't skimped on sound and build quality it could have been on to a real winner, but we'd still recommend the Sony KDL-26EX553 as one of the most capable 'second screens' around.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyBRAVIA
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameSony
Screen Size66 cm (26")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)6.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption61 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand426 mm
Width with Stand642 mm
Depth with Stand187 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports1
Energy Consumption per Year50 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height412 mm
Width642 mm
Depth59 mm
ColourWhite
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesSleep Timer, Picture and Picture (PAP), Web Browser, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-26EX553
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-26EX553 LED-LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL26EX553WU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

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Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-26EX553 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AC Power Cable
  • Warranty Card
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)6.10 kg