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Running Costs Are Low
This Sony TV has an efficiency rating of A++. The KDL-55W815 is in the cheapest 17% of all 225 TVs of a similar age and spec that we have assessed for 5 year running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the 5 year running cost of the KDL-55W815 is £101.
Large TVs produced by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all TVs (not just large TVs) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.
Full HD HD Type
The display resolution of the this television is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on televisions of this age and spec. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
We compared this TV to all the other Full HD televisions and we think a cheaper TV such as the LG 55LB671 (£848.19) or you might consider a higher Rating TV such as the UE55H6470 (£807.09), and the UE55H6410 (£794.99) both from Samsung are also worth considering.
If the display resolution of this television is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Philips 50PUK6809 (£691.29) (4K Ultra HD and cheaper); or the LG 55UB820 (4K Ultra HD and higher rated).
The KDL-55W815 is 3D compatible, as are most of the other TVs that came out more than two years ago.
We compared all the other 3D compatible televisions to this TV and we think the LG 55LB650 (£714.19) which has a better Rating; or the Philips 50PUK6809 (£691.29) which is cheaper are also worth considering.
If you are looking for a television that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Panasonic TX-55AS740 (£699.00).
The Sony KDL-55W815 is Smart TV, as are most of the other televisions of this age and type.
We compared this TV to all the other Smart TVs and we think the Philips 50PUK6809 (£691.29) which is cheaper; or the LG 55LB650 (£714.19) which has a better Rating are also worth considering.
If you want a TV that is Smart TV then you might also want to look at the Panasonic TX-55AS740 (£699.00).
Has a WiFi Connection
The KDL-55W815 has a WiFi connection. Most of the other TVs of this age and type also have a WiFi connection.
There are a number of alternative TVs with a WiFi connection currently available which you might also want to consider including a cheaper TV such as the Philips 50PUK6809 (£691.29) or you might consider a higher Rating TV such as the LG 55LB650 (£714.19).
We think you might also be interested in alternative televisions which also have a WiFi connection including the Panasonic TX-55AS740 (£699.00).
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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
This TV supports a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many TVs of this type and age.
Very Low Annual Energy Consumption
Across all the TVs of this age and spec the annual energy consumptions range from 60kWh to 460kWh, and the average annual energy consumption is 140kWh. With an annual energy consumption of only 85 kilowatt hours, the Sony KDL-55W815 has a quite low annual energy consumption compared to most of the other similar spec TVs that are a comparable age to the KDL-55W815.
Has Two Screen Format Adjustments
The Sony KDL-55W815 has a greater number of screen format adjustments than most televisions that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly found screen format adjustment is 16:9, but this screen format adjustment is not found on this TV. The screen format adjustments 14:9 and Zoom are also found on this television.
Supports Two Audio Formats
The number of audio formats supported by the KDL-55W815 is more than most televisions of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently supported audio format is ASF, but this audio format is not supported by this TV. The audio formats LPCM and WMA are also supported by this Sony TV.
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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
Most large TVs that are a similar age to the KDL-55W815 do not have a built-in camera. The Sony KDL-55W815 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in camera.
We compared this TV to all the other televisions with a built-in camera and we think the Panasonic TX-55AS740 (£699.00) is also worth considering.
Only Has Seven Smart Modes
The number of smart modes found on the Sony KDL-55W815 is more than most TVs of this age and type. This TV has an Sports smart mode, which is the most commonly found smart mode found on televisions of a similar age and spec to the KDL-55W815. The smart modes "Animation", "Cinema", "Game", "Photo", "Standard" and "Vivid" are also found on this television.
Does Not Feature OLED Technology
The KDL-55W815 does not feature OLED technology. Most of the other large TVs that are a similar age to the KDL-55W815 also do not feature OLED technology.
It is worth considering other TVs which also feature OLED technology including the Samsung UE55HU6900 (£799.00).
Only 480i Video Mode
The Sony KDL-55W815 supports a 480i video mode which is better than the 1080p video mode supported by most TVs of a comparable spec and age to it. This television also support 1080i, 480p, 576i and 576p and 720p video modes.
This television's video mode (480i) is in fact the worst supported video mode across all similar spec TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the KDL-55W815.
Across comparable types of television the best supported video mode is 2160p.
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At 65 millimeters, the KDL-55W815 has a quite thick thickness compared to most of the other televisions that were released more than two years ago. The thinnest thickness of large TVs that have been available for a similar time to the KDL-55W815 is 3.5mm, the thickest is 100mm, and the average thickness is 55mm.
Alternative TVs with a thicker thickness that you might want to look at include the Sony KDL-50W829 (£549.00) (64mm and cheaper).
Only 1000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
The Sony KDL-55W815 has a maximum dynamic contrast ratio of 1000000:1. That's 90% less dynamic contrast ratio than the most frequently found dynamic contrast ratio of Mega Contrast.
This television's dynamic contrast ratio (1000000:1) is in fact the worst dynamic contrast ratio amongst all TVs of this type and age.
The best dynamic contrast ratio amongst similar types of television is Brilliant Contrast.
1 Other reason to consider the Sony KDL-55W815
Released Over Two Years Ago
It was over two years ago when Sony released the KDL-55W815.
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Running this TV over 5 years will generate 0.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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