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Sony KDL42W705BBU

£349.99
42" Full HD 200Hz Flat Apr 2014
A+
Display Diagonal HD Type High Frequency Rate Screen Shape Release Date £83.16 Electricity cost over 5 years
One industry award
Accurate colours
Poor smart TV features
739 Reviews + 3 Awards
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Price

Good Value for Money

Twenty-seven people considered that the product was good value for money. Website Argos.co.uk mentioned “Value for money”. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said three years ago “Despite its very reasonable price” in their Sony KDL-42W705 review. Trilok Bahara said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk two years ago “Picture quality is superb and for the price it is well worth it” and scored this TV 5 stars out of 5.

Five people who purchased this TV concluded that it was expensive. Thegherks said “It is slightly more expensive than other brand's equivalent” in their review of this TV. Broberts123 wrote “Like an expensive decoration”. Daniel Doran said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “They are a little bit more expensive” in his review of this TV.

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Design

New, Improved Interface

Fourty-two customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to setup. Buffshot said “This was very easy to set up and get going”. Budgie123 wrote on expert website Argos.co.uk “Easy to set up, clear picture”. Davey46 said in their review of this TV “Great picture quality and easy to set up”.

Twenty-two people who purchased the Sony KDL-42W705 considered that it was easy to use. Davie 1957 scored the product a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “The product is first class and easy to use, many thanks” in their review of this TV. Two years ago Blackcat mentioned “Wanted a nice telly for the dining room, easy to use with a good picture”. In the same month Pilky said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Fabulous we just love it clear easy to use” in their review of this TV.

Eight people who purchased this TV agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Brandi wrote on expert website Argos.co.uk “Easy to follow menu, many interesting features” in her review of this TV. Kaiming said on expert website Johnlewis.com “Fiddle with the settings and it's capable of some amazing colour”. Gadgetkid wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The remote control is easy to navigate as are the on-screen menus” in their review of this TV.

Three owners who reviewed it said that it had a good interface. Website Whathifi.com mentioned in their review of this TV “New, improved interface” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. R3d Bu11 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “First thing is the interface is far superior to last year's model, much simpler” in their review of this TV. Howie1966 wrote on expert website Johnlewis.com “Easy user interface with many excellent features”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to assemble. Wolsey said on expert review site Argos.co.uk in April last year “The quality all round from features to build and spec are spectacular”. Three years ago D S Crerar scored this TV the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this TV on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Really easy to assemble once you work out the instructions for the stand”.

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Nice Design

Thirty-four owners thought the product was good looking. Wolfsbane said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Aesthetically pleasing with easy to install stand (only 2 screws required” however despite that they scored it 2 stars out of 5. Philip G Skiggs wrote “Absolutely Brilliant, quality and style” in his review of this TV. Phil C scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned three years ago “Beautifully clear default image with plenty of options to alter factory settings if required” in his review of this TV.

Twelve owners reckoned that it was well designed. Zaraza gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The design is nice too” in their review of this TV. An anonymous author said on expert website Argos.co.uk “It has an elegant design with a minimalist stand”. In April last year Sam Hill mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Amazing quality very sleek design and an amazing picture”.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. @geekzilla9000 gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The colours are vibrant and movement is nice and smooth”. Two years ago Jaspal Singh wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Good picture quality including football mode and smooth gaming frame rate” in their review of this TV. James I mentioned in his review of this TV on expert website Amazon.co.uk “A top quality plastic case and a perfectly smooth screen with a very neat bezel”.

Two customers who bought it said that it was neat. Anthony S said two years ago “It is simple and the neat, equally”. James I wrote in his review of this TV on expert website Amazon.co.uk “It is neatly laid out and works well” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Quality

One hundred and two people concluded that it was good quality. Website Argos.co.uk mentioned two years ago “Good build quality” in their Sony KDL-42W705 review. Y. Wong wrote in their review of this TV three years ago “The picture quality is very good”. An anonymous author mentioned on expert website Argos.co.uk “Picture quality is excellent and it is easy to choose different screen formats, vividness etc”.

Slim Build

Thirteen people who purchased this TV considered that it was well made. Website Whathifi.com wrote three years ago “Slim build” in their review of this TV. Valley88 mentioned two years ago “The sound is very solid and doesn't have that tinny sound” in their Sony KDL-42W705 review. Winston Smith said in his review of this TV on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Beautiful image, great build quality, really thin bezel”.

Two customers said that it was strong and durable. Broken46 wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The set has a narrow frame and a sturdy stand” in their review of this TV. Sanjay gave this TV a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Similarly it's stand is excellent, due being very sturdy whilst maintaining a elegant look in design”.

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Reviews

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site concluded that this Sony television was very good. Hdtvtest.co.uk gave this TV a "Highly Recommended" award.

Good Expert Reviews

Eight experts from sites including Digital Versus, tweakers.net, Les Numeriques.com and homecinemamagazine.nl have rated this medium display diagonal TV on average 82%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 986 owner reviews the average owner rating of this medium display diagonal TV is 88%. Over 87% of reviewers gave this television either 4 or 5 stars and 88% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Televisions

Based on 2,235 expert and owner reviews (including 459 verified purchases), Sony has good reviews for its TVs. Sony also has good reviews specifically for its medium display diagonal TVs. 89% of those that bought a Sony TV would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Energy

Running Costs Are Average

The efficiency rating of this Sony TV is A+, and the KDL-42W705 is typical compared to the other 661 televisions of this type and age that we have assessed for running costs. Based on typical energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the KDL-42W705 will cost £84 over 5 years to run.


Smart TV

Poor Smart TV Features

Three owners who reviewed the Sony KDL-42W705 concluded that it did not have great smart functions. Timj50 wrote on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Have not tried Smart features so can't comment” but even so they still scored it 5 stars out of 5. Nabdone said on expert website Johnlewis.com “The only problem for me was the menu system and the smart features were very confusing” nonetheless they still rated it 80 out of 100. Marie Suter mentioned “Nice picture poor smart feature's Picture” .

Good Connectivity

Four customers mentioned in their reviews that the Sony KDL-42W705 was good in terms of connectivity. Terryb953 wrote “Improved connectivity for what is an impressive array of facilities for the price” although they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Jamie said “Great picture, connectivity and packed with features”. Dr. Kevin Hammond mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Having good connectivity is useful, though” and rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Supports Internet TV

The KDL-42W705 supports internet TV. Most of the other TVs of this age and spec also support internet TV.

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Supports Smart TV

The Sony KDL-42W705 supports Smart TV, as do most of the other similar spec televisions that were launched around the same time as this TV.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twenty owners who bought it thought it was thin. Valley88 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The set is lightweight and slim and as my model is silver the set doesn't look obtrusive in the room” in their review of this TV. R. Patel mentioned “The bezel is nice and thin and during a movie you can barely notice it”. They also said “It looks pleasing and is nice and slim” in their review.

Two people concluded that it was compact. An anonymous reviewer said “The remote is comprehensive and compact and allows you to switch to the last channel”. Myob rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned on expert review site Argos.co.uk in April last year “The size and style is smart and compact”.

Two customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was a good size. Daveg43b mentioned in their review of this TV “We decided that a 32" was the ideal size”. Two years ago Clarkkent said “It fits perfectly in my kitchen and is the ideal size”.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. In April last year Retired TV Technician said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Crisp picture even better on satellite than terrestrial tuner, lightweight and easily wall mounted other than with the makers recommended wall mount”. James I mentioned in his review of this TV “The remote is a little bit too small and lightweight for my liking.”.

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Average Depth

With a depth of 64 millimeters, the Sony KDL-42W705 has a fairly typical depth compared to most of the other TVs of this age and spec.

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Benefits

Great for Films

Three customers reckoned that this TV was great for watching films. Valley88 mentioned in their review of the Sony KDL-42W705 “It produces audio clarity whether you are watching a movie, listening to music or the spoken word”. Kaiming said in their review of this TV “Most notable is the deep dark tones it can produce, making night scenes in any film look brilliant”. Funky Oh mentioned in their review of this TV “Friends and family love dumping themselves on my sofa for crisp and clear movie nights”.


Display

Accurate Colours

Fifty-six customers who bought it reckoned that it had good picture quality. An anonymous reviewer gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and she said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “The picture quality is superb 10/10, colours are vibrant” in her review of the Sony KDL-42W705. Chickenboy wrote in their review of this TV “The picture quality is superb and can be changed widely depending on your preference” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Dac127 said in their review of this TV “Although the picture quality is good” .

Seventeen people wrote in their reviews that it had good colour saturation. Website Whathifi.com said in their review of this TV “Rich yet natural colours” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5. Website Cnet.co.uk wrote three years ago “Thanks to its deep black levels and accurate colours” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Valley88 mentioned “The picture is crisp and clear with vibrant colours” in their review of this TV and scored the product 5 stars out of 5.

Seven owners who reviewed this TV considered that it had image blurring. Nick60 mentioned “Great colour and picture quality with little motion blur” in their review of this TV. Last year Dan Morgan-Kane said in his review of this TV on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Really minimal motion blur and absolutely no noticeable lag”. Dr. Kevin Hammond mentioned “There is no obvious motion blur”.

Five owners wrote in their reviews that it was good for playing games on. H17fyy said in their review of this TV “Highly recommended for gamers” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. David Martin wrote “Reviews say its brilliant for gaming”. Ben Walker said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Really good for games low input lag” in his review of this TV and scored it 80 out of 100.

Three customers who purchased it mentioned that it had a good contrast ratio. Three years ago Digital Versus said “Excellent contrast and black levels” and gave this TV a rating of 80 out of 100. Nat Whilk mentioned in the same month “Contrast is vivid, detail exquisite, colour natural, movement flawless” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Full HD

Full HD

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many televisions that have been around for a similar 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.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other TVs of a similar age and type to this TV, the Sony KDL-42W705 is not 3D.

TVs which are 3D that might be worth looking at include the Samsung UE50F6400 (£349.99); or the Sony KDL-43W807 (£329.99).

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Average High Frequency Rate

With a high frequency rate of 200 hertz, the KDL-42W705 has a pretty average high frequency rate compared to most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as this TV.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution

This television supports a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly supported display resolution on comparable spec TVs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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3D Comb Filter

This TV has a 3D comb filter, which is the most frequently found comb filter on TVs of a similar age and spec to it.

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42 Inches Display Diagonal

This is a 42 inch TV.

Televisions with a larger display diagonal that might be worth looking at include the Sony KDL-43W805 (£399) (43" and higher rated), or the Samsung UE46F8000 (£399.99) (46" and higher rated); or the Sony KDL-43W807 (£329.99) (43" and cheaper).

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2014 when this television was released.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

supports Wi-Fi

The KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been around for around the same time as this TV.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other TVs which support Wi-Fi currently available including the Samsung UE50F6400 (£349.99) which has better reviews; or the Sony KDL-43W807 (£329.99) which is cheaper.

Other televisions which also support Wi-Fi that you might want to consider include the Philips 42PFT6309 (£349.99).

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony KDL-42W705 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been around for more than two years.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other televisions of a comparable type and age to this TV also support Wi-Fi.

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Supports Wi-Fi Direct

The KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi Direct, as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been available for a comparable time to this television.

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Has an Ethernet Port

The KDL-42W705 has an ethernet port, as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that came out around the same time as this TV.

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Other Features

Supports HDD Recording

The KDL-42W705 supports HDD recording. Most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that are a similar age to this TV also support HDD recording.

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Performance

Supports Parental Controls

The Sony KDL-42W705 supports parental controls. Most of the other comparable spec TVs that came out more than two years ago also support parental controls.

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Has an Ambient Light Sensor

The KDL-42W705 has an ambient light sensor. Most of the other similar spec TVs that were released around the same time as this TV also have an ambient light sensor.

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Supports 24p

The KDL-42W705 supports 24p. Most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that are a comparable age to this television also support 24p.

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Does Not Feature Local Dimming

The KDL-42W705 does not feature local dimming, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec televisions that came out more than two years ago also do not feature local dimming.

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Has a Game Mode

The KDL-42W705 has a game mode. Most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that were launched more than two years ago also have a game mode.

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Management Features

Supports Picture-in-Picture

The KDL-42W705 supports Picture-In-Picture. Most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that are a comparable age to this TV also support Picture-In-Picture.

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Has an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG)

The KDL-42W705 has an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). Most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been available for more than two years also have an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).

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Certificates

Has a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Certified

The Sony KDL-42W705 has a Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified, as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been on the market for a comparable time to this TV.

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Packaging Content

Has a Desktop Stand Included

The KDL-42W705 has a desktop stand included, as do most of the other televisions of a comparable age and type to this television.

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Features

Good for Wall Mounting

Five people who reviewed the product agreed that it was good for wall mounting. Crossharp mentioned “Very easy to wall mount”. Two years ago Cameron said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Their weight is quite low so ideal for wall mounting”. Three years ago Mr Amin mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Nice haven't wall mounted it” in his review of the Sony KDL-42W705.

Good Technical Features

Eighteen people who purchased the product agreed that it had good features. Two years ago Ah Jd wrote on expert review site Argos.co.uk “Great features and amazing all round quality” in their review of this TV. In April last year Brummie 47 said “A really smart looking T V, excellent quality picture and plenty of great features”. Arby mentioned on expert website Argos.co.uk “Great range of features and excellent picture quality” in their review of the Sony KDL-42W705 and rated the product 5 stars out of 5.

Nice Stand

Thirteen owners who reviewed the Sony KDL-42W705 agreed that it had a good stand. Three years ago Tim he mentioned “The slimmed down bezel looks really nice and the stand works well” in his review of this TV. Two years ago Stevier said “All aspects are top notch the stand is a slightly awkward shape”. Clarkkent mentioned in the same month “The nice metallic stand is a nice touch” in their review of this TV and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Remote Control

Nine owners thought this TV had a good remote control. Bhjs mentioned “Only draw back is the remote can be too sensitive” and scored it 80 out of 100. Two years ago Wen said on expert website Argos.co.uk “Only thing that could do with a rethink is the remote control layout which is poorly laid out”. In the same month Terryb953 mentioned on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Obviously much improved picture quality and faster response times to remote inputs”.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three people wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Toddzi mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk last year “Could do with better user friendly instructions at 70 yrs old some instruction parts are a bit confusing”. Litres rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Argos.co.uk “A printed instruction book would be nice also” in their review of the Sony KDL-42W705. Jenny Stone mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk two years ago “Setting it up was easy, just follow the instructions”.


Audio

Has an Auto Volume Leveler

The KDL-42W705 has an auto volume leveler, as do most of the other medium display diagonal TVs that have been on the market for around the same time as this TV.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated powers of televisions of this age and spec range from 4W to 1,000W. At only 16 Watts, the Sony KDL-42W705 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other TVs that were released more than two years ago.

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It Also Has Strong Sound

Ninety-three owners who reviewed the Sony KDL-42W705 thought it had good sound quality. Website Cnet.co.uk wrote “It also has strong sound” in their review of this TV. Wombat mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Crisp picture and the sound is very impressive”. Trewithy wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk two years ago “Turn on Sound Booster and Advanced Auto Volume to Normal” and scored it 80 out of 100.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sonytv kdl42w705, sony kdl42w705
Barcodes 04905524959574, 04905524959581, 04905524959598, 04905524959604, 04905524967715, 05054230708149

Sony KDL-42W705 Review Sources

To prepare this Sony KDL-42W705 review we compared this TV to 4,717 other models. For each TV that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 1,041,409 product attributes, 85,840 TV reviews and 3,937,500 historical TV prices from 204 TV retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this TV compared to the other models as well as any areas where this TV is lacking.

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