Sony Bravia KDL-26EX302 review

Second generation Bravia circuitry lies at the heart of this 26" LCD

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For

  • Accurate colours
  • Decent black levels
  • Easy to use
  • Connectivity
  • Remote

Against

  • Pictures not as sharp as some
  • Viewing angle

Compared to the style sensation that is the Samsung UE26C4000PW, the Bravia KDL-26EX302 26-inch LCD TV is conventionally styled and chunky.

The manufacturer does attempt to liven things up a little with a contrasting grey strip running along the bottom of the set, but the overall effect is passable rather than outstandingly pretty.

However, what this set has that every one of its rivals lacks is a fourth HDMI input that, on top of two Scarts and USB port make it easily one of the best connected TVs for the size.

The menus, meanwhile, are presented in the company's excellent, increasingly widespread Xross arrangement, making it instantly compatible with a host of other Sony hardware, while the remote, with its concave top and firm buttons, is one of the most ergonomically sound you'll find on a 26-inch set.

Performance

The pictures delivered by the KDL-26EX302's second-generation Bravia circuitry are among the most watchable for a screen of its size.

While they lack the kind of razor-sharp definition that can be found on the Philips 26PFL3404D, the pictures are immersive with a rich, accurate palette and more than good enough black levels.

They are also very clean, with barely any discernible digital artefacting from any source and solid motion handling.

Our only grumble is that there is a slight problem with the viewing angle, though. Colour saturation does change visibly with the slightest deviation up or down from dead level position.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2), DVB-C (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyBRAVIA
Brand NameSony
Screen Size66 cm (26")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)8.80 kg
Backlight TechnologyCCFL
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption62 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Electronic Program Guide TypeGUIDE Plus+
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand459 mm
Width with Stand672 mm
Depth with Stand220 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height423 mm
Width672 mm
Depth99 mm
ColourBlack
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesAuto Program, Channel Labeling, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext, Sleep Timer, Child Lock
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelKDL-26EX302
Product NameBRAVIA KDL-26EX302 26" LCD TV
Product LineBRAVIA
Manufacturer Part NumberKDL26EX302U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

The big HD entertainment experience to suit any small room. 22" (55cm), HD Ready, LCD TV with compact design, multimedia connections & built-in digital TV tuner. control your entire home entertainment system with a universal remote control option which lets you play or adjust settings on compatible devices at the touch of a button.

Package Contents
  • BRAVIA KDL-26EX302 LCD TV
  • AC Cable
  • Operating Instruction
  • Table Top Stand
  • Remote Commander
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)7.30 kg