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40" Direct-LED Flat Feb 2014
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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this television is superb based on 200 owner reviews.

Nice Design

Some customers who bought it mentioned that it was good looking. Jack Percival gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and he said two years ago “Colours are well represented, even blacks which some LED sets struggle to show beautifully”. Jc90 mentioned “The sound is pretty good to” in their review of this TV. Kmw rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Feather light, stylish and great picture quality”.

A few customers who reviewed it agreed that it was smooth. Rm/tm rated this TV as excellent and wrote “Sony's motion tech also makes the picture smooth and devoid of pixellation”. Scott Clayson mentioned on Amazon “The picture is smooth, colours are vibrant” in his review and rated the product 5 stars.

One person said in their reviews that the product was a good design. Alexander wrote in his review on Amazon “Great TV! Perfect picture, great design, well worth the buy”.

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Good Stand

Eight Sony KDL-40R483 owners who purchased the Sony KDL-40R483 thought it had a good stand. D. Swatman mentioned “Tiny bezel, novel and very effective stand”. Leoastudillo wrote in their review of this TV last year “The frame/bezel on the screen is very thin and so is the stand” . Leoastudillo also mentioned “It's not a big problem if you are using the stand.”.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers who bought this TV thought it had good picture quality. Adster94 said “The picture quality is marvellous” in their review of this TV. Andy Man mentioned on Amazon “The picture quality stood out better than any of the others” and scored it 5 stars. David Barrio said in his review on Amazon last year “Very pleased! Picture quality is excellent”.

Some Sony KDL-40R483 reviewers who purchased the product reckoned that it had good colour saturation. Brickylad said in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483 on Amazon “The colours are great” and rated it as excellent. Rm/tm said “The picture quality is excellent, colours are strong although I found them a little flat until I came across the "vivid" setting on the picture menu”. Rm/tm also mentioned “Colours were outstanding, blacks very solid”.

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Good High Def TV

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 reviewers said in their reviews that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Angryoap mentioned “Having just upgraded from a 32" HD ready TV, Full HD on a 40" TV would be great to me anyway”. Angryoap also mentioned “However, I use Freesat and the freesat remote will not adjust the volume on HD channels (it works fine on ordinary channels”. Bob (hove) wrote on Amazon “Nice to have HD” in their review of this TV and rated it 5 stars.

Good Smart TV

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 owners who purchased it thought it was good for watching Freeview TV. Andy Man wrote on Amazon two years ago “In fact I have just thrown away a working (with a free view box) sony (tube) set” in his review of the Sony KDL-40R483. Also two years ago Jack Percival mentioned on Amazon “For content there's a Freeview HD tuner built in as well as some smart TV type functionality” in his review of the Sony KDL-40R483. Leoastudillo mentioned on Amazon “Freeview works flawlessly and it even has the ability to record the digital signal” in their review of this TV.

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 reviewers reckoned that the Sony KDL-40R483 had good apps. Rm/tm mentioned in their Sony KDL-40R483 review “My Tivo box has all the apps I need and is regularly updated by my service provider”. One customer thought the Sony KDL-40R483 was good for recording TV. Markthedoc said on Amazon last year “My only issue is with recording to external hard disk - it appears to be impossible”.

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Easy to Use

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 owners thought the product was easy to setup. D. R. Judd said on Amazon two years ago “Easy to set up and bright colours”. Doug mentioned “I bought this TV for my Mother (I already have the 40 inch version myself), they are straight forward to set up” in his review of the Sony KDL-40R483 and rated the Sony KDL-40R483 5 stars. Jill from Reigate mentioned on Amazon “Fairly easy to set up” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

A number of customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was easy to use. Goldfish wrote on Amazon “Easy to use and a lovely clear picture”. Jacqueline Scott said on Amazon “Found the new controller easy to use because the free view is built in the TV! I already have a Sony Bravia 40inch”. James Bee gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his review on Amazon in October last year “Another smart feature is I can use the TV remote it comes with (batteries not included, sadly) to control my ps4”.

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that this TV was easy to use the menus. P gave this TV a very good review and wrote on Amazon “As with many of these tv's today there are a lot of settings” in their review of this TV. V. Wheeler said on Amazon two years ago “The menu is so easy to navigate and you can play around with picture and sound settings very quickly” and gave the product an excellent rating.

One Sony KDL-40R483 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good interface. One customer who reviewed the Sony KDL-40R483 concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold.

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Robust

Several people who reviewed the product considered that it was well made. Angryoap wrote on Amazon “The stand could be better engineered” in their review. Dutch wrote in their review on Amazon “The built in speakers are really good for speakers of this type”. Dutch also said “I would have liked that money to have gone on the user interface it's solid”.

A number of customers who bought it considered that it was strong and durable. Kmw mentioned in their Sony KDL-40R483 review on Amazon “Metal stand which is strong and sturdy”. Leoastudillo said “Feels sturdy when you carry it” and gave this TV a rating of 80 out of 100. Two years ago Mitchell Goodman said “It's sturdy enough” in his review of this TV.

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Good Connectivity

A few Sony KDL-40R483 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good in terms of HDMI connections. Last year J. K. Henry wrote “It only has 2 HDMI ports unlike” and scored the product 5 stars. Two years ago Kejo mentioned in their Sony KDL-40R483 review on Amazon “The only criticisms are [a] only 2 hdmi sockets and[b] when a wall mount is used the scart socket [if you need it] is covered up completely” and scored this TV 5 stars. Leoastudillo mentioned in their review of this TV on Amazon “There are only 2 HDMI ports on the back”.

Several people who reviewed it concluded that it was wifi compatible. D. Swatman wrote in their Sony KDL-40R483 review two years ago “Easy setup, other than WiFi to my router - I can't get that to work”. In the same month Mitchell Goodman wrote on Amazon “Although not a 'SMART' TV, this TV does include a Wifi Transmitter built in allowing for you to send files from say windows media player straight to the TV”. Trevora scored the Sony KDL-40R483 80 out of 100 and wrote “Initially looks like it has Wi-Fi connectivity”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that this TV was good in terms of USB connections. Jack Percival said “The only other thing that saves the lack of catch up functionality is the ability to record programmes to an attached USB storage device - a nice to have” in his review.

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Reasonably Priced

Some customers thought this TV was good value for money. A. Beer said on Amazon two years ago “Great TV @ Great Price”. In October last year Adster94 wrote on Amazon “This TV is excellent value”. Adster94 also mentioned “If you are looking for a value 40-inch LED HD TV, then this is for you!”.

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was cheap. Hkm9 gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Best budget TV” in their review. Kejo mentioned on Amazon “Excellent tv at budget price” and rated it as very good. Last year Rafael Martinez mentioned on Amazon “Overall good budget bravia line by Sony” in his review of the Sony KDL-40R483.

Three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Last year Angryoap scored the product very highly and said in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483 “Quality TV at a bargain price”. In October last year James wrote in his review of the Sony KDL-40R483 on Amazon “Got this when it was very cheap” and scored it 5 stars. Rm/tm mentioned on Amazon “When I received this TV for review I wasn't expecting a great deal”.

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Good Size

Ten people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony KDL-40R483 was thin. Jack Percival said on Amazon “The first thing that struck me about this TV on getting it out the box was quite how light and slim it is” in his review. Janet G. rated the Sony KDL-40R483 5 stars and she mentioned in her review of this TV “40 inch slim line tv”. Kmw said in their review of this TV on Amazon “It's a very stylish TV with a nice slim bezel and metal stand which is strong” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

A number of people who purchased this TV said that it was lightweight. Angryoap wrote in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483 in October last year “Is sufficient to hold the TV steady (it is surprisingly very lightweight” and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Dutch gave it a score of 4 stars and said in their review on Amazon “The set itself is really lightweight and looks really slick”. Jack mentioned in his Sony KDL-40R483 review on Amazon “Very lightweight and sleek looking”.

Some people thought it was a good weight. J Healey said on Amazon “I was amazed how light in weight it was compared to my earlier 32" Bravia models” in their Sony KDL-40R483 review. Janet G. scored it 5 stars and she said on Amazon “Light weight great value for money”. Lord Ork mentioned in their Sony KDL-40R483 review “Good picture and light weight” and gave this TV a rating of 4 stars.

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 reviewers reckoned that the Sony KDL-40R483 was compact. D. R. Judd said in their review two years ago “This is a nice compact flat screen TV for the bedroom” . The Lambanana rated the product as excellent and said in the same month “The set itself, is thin and compact” in their review.

One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was a good depth. Kmw mentioned on Amazon two years ago “Clear sound with reasonable depth” in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483 and rated this TV 80 out of 100.

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Good Product Quality

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 owners who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality. Last year A Bennetts mentioned in their review of this TV on Amazon “Tv is great quality and great sound!”. In October last year A.walsh said on Amazon “Excellent quality, sound and picture” in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483 and scored it 5 stars. Adster94 said in their review “Fantastic value high quality HD TV”.

Good Sound Quality

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had good sound quality. Adster94 said “The audio quality is always clear and crisp.I mainly use my TV for playing games” . Last year Angryoap wrote on Amazon “Very good quality TV, sound & picture are great”. Bowler 1966 said on Amazon two years ago “Excellent TV with clear picture and sound” in their review and scored the Sony KDL-40R483 very highly.

Acceptable Noise Level

A few customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was quiet. Georgina Zawadzka wrote “Only downside is the sound with the xbox, its very quiet” in her Sony KDL-40R483 review. Hkm9 said on Amazon “The speaker is a little bit quiet tho.” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One Sony KDL-40R483 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was noisy. Jack Percival mentioned “Thinner sets struggle to deliver adequate noise, particularly at lower frequencies this one doesn't suffer from those issues” in his review.

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Good Brand

Sony is one of the superior TV brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Sony also has good reviews for its mid-size TVs.

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Good Remote Control

A number of people who purchased this TV thought it had a good remote control. Peter King wrote “Superb television excellent picture and as you would expect with sony brilliant sound remote is easy to use this television was purchased for my bedroom very happy”.

Has a WiFi Connection

has a WiFi connection

The KDL-40R483 has a WiFi connection. Most of the other televisions of a comparable age and spec to the KDL-40R483 do not have a WiFi connection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative televisions with a WiFi connection currently available including the LG 42LB580[plb_2230631_price], the Philips 32PHT4509[plb_2227289_price], or the Samsung UE32H5570[plb_2281924_price] which has better reviews.

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Two SCART Ports

Most of the other televisions of a similar age and type to the KDL-40R483 only have one SCART port, however the Sony KDL-40R483 has two SCART ports.

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Supports Three Audio Formats

The number of audio formats supported by the KDL-40R483 is more than most mid-size TVs that have been available for a similar time to it. This TV supports an MP3 audio format, which is the most frequently supported audio format supported by TVs that were launched more than two years ago. The audio formats "WAV" and "WMA" are also supported by this television.

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Has Seven Smart Modes

The number of smart modes found on the Sony KDL-40R483 is more than most mid-size TVs that have been available for around the same time as it. This television has a Game smart mode, which is the most frequently found smart mode found on mid-size TVs that have been on the market for more than two years. The smart modes "Cinema", "Personal", "Photo", "Sports", "Standard" and "Vivid" are also found on this TV.

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Light

The KDL-40R483 is quite light (only 7 kilograms) compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been around for around the same time as the KDL-40R483. Across all the mid-size TVs that have been available for a comparable time to the KDL-40R483 the weights range from 3.7kg to 36kg, and the average weight is 10kg.

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15 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

Expert review site Digital Versus scored this TV 40%. It seems that experts really don't rate this television very highly.

Poor Support

A number of Sony KDL-40R483 owners considered that the product did not have good technical guidance. Second Basses Rule the Wold! said on Amazon two years ago “The main complaint is that the Instruction 'Manual' is limited in the extreme” in their review of the Sony KDL-40R483.

Inferior Technical Features

One Sony KDL-40R483 owner thought the Sony KDL-40R483 did not have good features. Stan said “The lack of Smart TV features helped drive the price down it seems without compromising picture quality”.

Inferior Standard Def TV

One person reckoned that the product was not good at displaying standard definition TV. Mitchell Goodman said in his Sony KDL-40R483 review on Amazon two years ago “The SD image quality isn't great”.

Does Not Support Smart TV Features

Like most of the other TVs of this type and age, the KDL-40R483 does not support smart TV features.

We compared this TV to all the other TVs with a smart TV features and we think the LG 42LB580[plb_2230631_price], the Philips 32PHT4509[plb_2227289_price], or the Samsung UE32H5570[plb_2281924_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not 3D Compatible

The KDL-40R483 is not 3D compatible, although keep in mind that most of the other TVs of a comparable age and spec to the KDL-40R483 are also not 3D compatible.

TVs which are 3D compatible that might be worth looking at include the UE32H6400[pl_2232460_price], or the UE32H6200[pl_2234257_price] both from Samsung or the Toshiba 40L5453[plb_2274525_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Most mid-size TVs that have been available for a comparable time to the KDL-40R483 do not have a built-in camera. The KDL-40R483 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.

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Only Supports Ten Video Formats

The Sony KDL-40R483 has a greater number of video formats than most TVs that are a similar age to it. This TV supports an MKV video format, which is the most commonly supported video format supported by televisions of this type and age. The video formats "AVCHD", "AVI", "M-JPEG", "MP4", "MPEG1", "MPEG2", "WEBM", "WMV9" and "XVID" are also supported by this television.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Sony KDL-40R483 has a greater number of image formats than most mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago. This Sony TV supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years.

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Only Analog Tuner

This television has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is the most frequently found tuner on mid-size TVs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

The KDL-40R483 does not feature OLED technology, although this is within the context that most of the other mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years also do not feature OLED technology.

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Only Two HDMI Ports

The KDL-40R483 is a two HDMI port TV. Most of the other similar spec televisions that have been available for more than two years have between one and four HDMI ports.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The KDL-40R483 is a one USB 2.0 port television.

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Only Has Three Sound Modes

The KDL-40R483 has a greater number of sound modes than most TVs of a similar spec and age to it. This TV has a Music sound mode, which is the most commonly found sound mode found on televisions that have been available for a comparable time to the KDL-40R483. The sound modes "Sports" and "Standard" are also found on this television.

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Quite Thick

At 89 millimeters, the Sony KDL-40R483 has a quite thick thickness compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been available for a comparable time to the KDL-40R483. The average thickness of similar spec TVs that were released more than two years ago is 62mm, and the thicknesses range from 3.5mm to 100mm.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony KDL-40R483

OK Running Costs

This television is rated A for energy efficiency, and the KDL-40R483 has an average 5 year running cost of £96 based on average energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 714 TVs that have been on the market for more than two years.

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many televisions of this age and type. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Released Over Two Years Ago

This Sony television has been on the market for over two years.

Specification

Display
Screen Size
HD Type
3D Compatible
LED Backlighting
Screen Shape
Motion Interpolation Frequency
24p Support
Motion Interpolation Technology
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Display Resolution
Video Mode
Aspect Ratio
Display Diagonal
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Graphics Resolution
Vertical Viewing Angle
TV Tuner
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Smart TV
Smart TV Features
Internet Browser
Audio
Audio System
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
Dolby Technology
Sound Mode
Audio Decoder
Audio Decoding Technology
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
Ethernet LAN Port
RF Port
SCART Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
PC in Port
HDMI Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
Mobile High-Definition Link
Networking
WiFi Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Direct Connection
Management Features
Sleep Timer
On/off Timer
Picture and Picture
Smart Mode
On Screen Display
Electronic Programme Guide
Performance
Video Format
Audio Format
Image Format
Parental Controls
24p Playback
Clock Function
Design
LED Indicator
Colour
Ergonomics
On/off Switch
Swivelling Stand
VESA Mounting
Power
Typical Power Consumption
Standby Power Consumption
Energy Efficiency Class
Annual Energy Consumption
Maximum Power Consumption
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Weight
Weight (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Packaging Height
Packaging Width
Packaging Content
Desktop Stand
Battery Included
Handheld Remote Control
Cable Included
Quick Start Guide
Manual
Technical Details
LED Backlight
Other Features
HDD Recording
Box Dimension
Weight Without Stand
Skype

Expert Reviews

(1)
15 December 2014

We were expecting more out of the R483B. At first glance it looks like a simple clone of the Sony R473, but the screen panel has been replaced?and in this case, that's not a good thing. It has...

WiFi Direct, displays your smartphone or tablet's image onscreen
Semiglossy screen reduces reflections
Low contrast in Custom mode
Colour fidelity (dE 4.1)
Extremely narrow viewing angles
No motion compensation
Black uniformity across screen, potential clouding

User Reviews

(110)
Reviewed 26 June 2015 by Bernadette Thomas
(Verified Purchase)

Lovely TV. Electronic programme page is very slow. Plus you have to turn off the TV at the plug as it will not switch off with the TV button.

(Verified Purchase)

First tv that hasnt broken ( so far) quality is good not the best i've had but very good for the price ..like the set up of it easier than most, over all happy :).

Reviewed 19 June 2015 by Bob (hove)
(Verified Purchase)

Great tv, at very reasonable price.
Nice to have HD.
Exactly what I would expect from Sony. 10/10.

Reviewed 18 June 2015 by David Drew
(Verified Purchase)

It's light, with brilliant definition and sound quality. Everything you expect from a trusted name like Sony.

Reviewed 12 June 2015 by David W
(Verified Purchase)

Nice tv, great for the price i got it at, could have more gadget wise and i do still have some small issues with it but all in all i am happy with product ad very happy with the price i paid for it.

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Electricity cost when switched on £92.94
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Energy Rating
0.47T
Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.47 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
13
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony r480, sony r480b, sony p191022, sony p191022p, sony kdl40r483, sony kdl40r483b, sony kdl40r483bb, sony kdl40r483bbu, sony kdl40r483bbu40, sony kdl40r483bbu40l, sony kdl40r483bbu40le, sony kdl40r483bbu40led, sony kdl40r483bbu40ledt, sony kdl40r483bbu40ledtv
Barcodes 04905524965445, 04905524969740

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