Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 LCD HDTV Review
The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 did a good job in most of our testing.
Tour & Design
The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's display is edged with a glossy black bezel. Below the bezel is a strip that holds the power indicators, this fades from glossy black to a silver finish. Below that is the speaker, which is matte black and runs the length of the television.
On the back of the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 you'll see the power cord jutting out from the center while on the right side you'll see the main grouping of ports.
Unlike most televisions the KDL-52V5100 places features on both sides. On the right side you'll find the on-tv controls, while on the left side you'll find a secondary grouping of ports.
The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's stand is a very simple black plastic affair. Unfortuntely there's no swivel available. You can mount the KDL-52V5100 on a wall if you wish, although you will need to purchase an additional wall mounting kit to do so.
The controls are found on the right side of the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100. From top to bottom they are: power, channel up/down, volume up/down, input and menu.
The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100's remote is the same design we saw on the Sony Bravia KDL-46W4100, which is a simple design, slightly narrow, but not too long.
In the Box*(6.5)*
Like most televisions the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 ships with a manual and remote (with batteries). Unfortuntely you don't get any extras like an HDMI cable or cleaning cloth with the KDL-52V5100. Setup of the television was relatively simple, although it did take a bit of effort to get it out of the box. Once done, however, the KDL-52V5100 is light for a 50+ inch television and there's no assembly required.
The Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 sports a simple design. There's no red tinting or overly flashy bits here. If you're looking for a fashion statement in your living room the KDL-52V5100 won't be the HDTV for you. If you prefer a simple, classy look that will fade into your decor, however, the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 will fit in just fine.