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Very Low Running Costs
This Sony TV is rated A++ for energy efficiency, and the KDL-50W815 is in the cheapest 10% of all 160 large TVs that came out more than a year ago that we have assessed for 5 year running costs. Based on typical usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the KDL-50W815 is only £93.
Like most of the other TVs of this age and spec, the Sony KDL-50W815 is 3D compatible.
We compared all the other 3D compatible televisions to this TV and we think the Philips 55PUS7909 which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
Like most of the other TVs of this age and type, the Sony KDL-50W815 is Smart TV.
We compared all the other Smart TV televisions to this TV and we think the Philips 55PUS7909 which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
Has a WiFi Connection
The KDL-50W815 has a WiFi connection, as do most of the other large TVs that came out around the same time as the KDL-50W815.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the other TVs with a WiFi connection currently available including because of it's better review score, the LG 55LB670.
Quite Wide Horizontal Viewing Angle
At 178 degrees, the Sony KDL-50W815 has a fairly wide horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other TVs that are a similar age to the KDL-50W815. Across all the televisions of a similar age and spec to the KDL-50W815 the horizontal viewing angles range from 170° to 180°.
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Four HDMI Ports
The Sony KDL-50W815 is a four HDMI port TV.
Quite Wide Vertical Viewing Angle
The KDL-50W815 has a quite wide vertical viewing angle (178 degrees) compared to most of the other large TVs that have been available for around the same time as the KDL-50W815. The narrowest vertical viewing angle of large TVs that have been around for a comparable time to the KDL-50W815 is 170° and the widest is 180°.
Supports Four Analog Signal Format Systems
The number of analog signal format systems supported by the Sony KDL-50W815 is more than most televisions of this spec and age. The most frequently supported analog signal format system is NTSC, but this analog signal format system is not supported by this television. The analog signal format systems NTSC 3.58, NTSC 4.43, PAL and SECAM are also supported by this TV.
1080p Video Mode
This TV supports 1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p and 720p video modes, which is typical of many large TVs that have been around for a similar time to it.
The lightest TV of a similar spec and age to the KDL-50W815 is 7.9kg heavy and the heaviest is 51kg. The KDL-50W815 is one of the lighter similar spec TVs that are older than a year (only 13.6 kilograms) amongst large TVs of this age.
Very Low Annual Energy Consumption
The average annual energy consumption of TVs that have been available for a similar time to the KDL-50W815 is 130kWh, and the annual energy consumptions range from 62kWh to 320kWh. At only 71 kilowatt hours, the KDL-50W815 has a fairly low annual energy consumption compared to most of the other large TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as the KDL-50W815.
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Quite Small Screen Size
Across all the large TVs that came out around the same time as the KDL-50W815 the screen sizes range from 50" to 65". When compared to other similar spec TVs that have been around for a comparable time to the KDL-50W815 that we have checked, the KDL-50W815's screen size of only 50 inches is one of the smallest.
If this Sony television screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Samsung UN55H6400 (54.6") which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Like most of the other large TVs that were released more than a year ago, the KDL-50W815 does not have a built-in camera.
There are a number of alternative TVs which also have a built-in camera that you might also want to consider including the Samsung KE55S9 which also has a higher rating.
Quite Low RMS Rated Power
The RMS rated power of large TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-50W815 range from 7W to 80W, and the average RMS rated power is 22W. With an RMS rated power of only 16 Watts, the KDL-50W815 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other TVs of this age and spec.
Only Two USB 2.0 Ports
The Sony KDL-50W815 is a two USB 2.0 port television. Most of the other TVs that came out more than a year ago have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.
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Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of the this television is Full HD, which is the most frequently found HD type on large TVs that have been around for a comparable time to it. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
If the display resolution of this Sony TV is too low for you then you might also want to consider the UE55HU7200 (£1,099.00) (4K Ultra HD), the UE65HU7200 (£1,499.00) (4K Ultra HD), or the UE65HU8200 (£2,079.00) (4K Ultra HD) all from Samsung which also has a higher Rating.
Over a Year Old
This television has been on the market for over a year.
At 64 millimeters, the KDL-50W815 has a pretty average thickness compared to most of the other televisions of this age and spec.
We compared this TV to all the other 64mm thick TVs and we think the Samsung UE55H6200 (£849.99), and the Sony KDL-50W805 (£499.00) which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
Televisions with a thicker thickness that might be worth considering include the Samsung UE55H6700 (64mm).
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Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.
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