We checked 1,507 expert and owner reviews for Sony TVs and found that on average Sony has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its mid-size TVs.
The Sony KDL-42W815 is 3D compatible, which is unusual. Most of the other mid-size TVs that came out more than two years ago are not 3D compatible.
We compared this TV to all the other 3D compatible TVs and we think because of it's better review score, the LG 42LW579[plb_326450_price], and the Samsung UE40H6470[plb_2233881_price] is also worth considering.
Supports Smart TV Features
The Sony KDL-42W815 supports smart TV features, unlike most of the other comparable spec TVs that were launched more than two years ago which do not support smart TV features.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative televisions which support smart TV features currently available including because of it's better review score, the Samsung UE40H6700[plb_2232461_price].
Has a WiFi Connection
The KDL-42W815 has a WiFi connection, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec televisions that were released around the same time as the KDL-42W815 do not have a WiFi connection.
We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative TVs with a WiFi connection currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic TX-L32E30[plb_30112_price], the Samsung UE48H6470[plb_2240459_price], or the LG 47LB670[plb_2232214_price].
Two SCART Ports
The KDL-42W815 has more SCART ports than most of the televisions of this type and age. This television is a two SCART port TV compared to most of the televisions of a comparable spec and age to the KDL-42W815 which only have one SCART port.
Four HDMI Ports
The Sony KDL-42W815 is a four HDMI port TV.
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Two Audio in Ports
The Sony KDL-42W815 is a two audio in port TV. Most of the other TVs of a comparable age and type to the KDL-42W815 have between one and three audio in ports.
Supports Four Audio Formats
The number of audio formats supported by the Sony KDL-42W815 is more than most TVs of a similar spec and age to it. This TV supports an MP3 audio format, which is the most commonly supported audio format supported by TVs of a comparable spec and age to the KDL-42W815. The audio formats "ASF", "LPCM" and "MP4" are also supported by this television.
Has Six Smart Modes
The number of smart modes found on the Sony KDL-42W815 is more than most televisions of this age and spec. This TV has a Game smart mode, which is the most commonly found smart mode found on mid-size TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the KDL-42W815. The smart modes "Cinema", "Photo", "Sports", "Standard" and "Vivid" are also found on this television.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The KDL-42W815 does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other TVs that have been around for around the same time as the KDL-42W815 also do not have a built-in camera.
Alternative TVs which also have a built-in camera that you might also want to look at include the UE46ES8000[pl_1355897_price], the UN46ES8000[pl_1484430_price], or the UE40F7000[pl_1494094_price] all from Samsung which also has a higher rating.
Only Supports Four Analog Signal Format Systems
The number of analog signal format systems supported by the Sony KDL-42W815 is more than most televisions that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported analog signal format system is NTSC, but this analog signal format system is not supported by this TV. The analog signal format systems NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL and SECAM are also supported by this Sony television.
Only Supports Thirteen Video Formats
The number of video formats supported by the KDL-42W815 is more than most TVs that have been available for around the same time as it. This TV supports an MKV video format, which is the most commonly supported video format supported by TVs that are a similar age to the KDL-42W815. The video formats "3GP", "ASF", "AVI", "H.264", "M-JPEG", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG1", "MPEG2", "MPEG4", "WEBM" and "XVID" are also supported by this television.
Only Supports Three Image Formats
The number of image formats supported by the Sony KDL-42W815 is more than most TVs of a similar age and spec to it. This Sony TV supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by televisions of a similar type and age to the KDL-42W815. The image formats "MPO" and "RAW" are also supported by this TV.
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Only Analog Tuner
This television has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is typical of many mid-size TVs that have been around for around the same time as it.
Does Not Feature OLED Technology
Most mid-size TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the KDL-42W815 do not feature OLED technology. The Sony KDL-42W815 is no exception to this as it too does not feature OLED technology.
We think you might also be interested in alternative TVs which also feature OLED technology including the Samsung UE46H7000[plb_2232247_price].
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Running Costs Are Average
This television is rated A++ for energy efficiency. Based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the KDL-42W815 is £85, which is typical compared to the other 714 TVs of this type and age.
Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on TVs of a similar age and type to it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when this television was released.
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At 64 millimeters, the KDL-42W815 has a relatively standard thickness compared to most of the other televisions of a similar age and spec to the KDL-42W815.
We compared all the other 64mm thick TVs to this television and we think because of it's better review score, the Sony KDL-42W829[plb_2167799_price] is also worth considering.
If you don't mind having a thicker thickness then you might want to consider the Sony KDL-42W706[plb_2143945_price] (64mm).
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