Sony KDL-42W705


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Sony KDL-42W705

Sony KDL-42W705
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An award winning and very economical to run 42" Full HD television, with a gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
42" Full HD No 64mm Feb 2014 A+
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Sony KDL-42W705 Review

With excellent reviews and low running costs, we have scored the Sony KDL-42W705 as follows:
997 Reviews + 2 Awards
Good Features
4 Years Old
Running Costs
£64 Over 5 Years
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 75?

It has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with 89% of buyers recommending this TV to others. This TV has received two awards including a "Gold" from and a "Recommended" from Trusted Reviews. Hisense TVs also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer TVs with better features are available. However this Sony TV has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest TVs 2018.
The KDL-42W705 has an energy efficiency classification of A+, and its running costs of £64 over 5 years are typical compared to the other 4,306 televisions that we have compared it to. View all energy saving TVs.
It has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Supports Wi-Fi
Supports parental controls
Only Full HD
Does not feature OLED/QLED technology

What is This TV Best Used For?

Watching Films
Watching Sport
Playing Games

Sony KDL-42W705 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Two Industry Awards

Two expert review sites thought that this TV was very good. The writer at website gave this television a "Gold" award and thought it was terrific and the writer at website Trusted Reviews gave it a "Recommended" award, confirming their endorsement.

Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this TV is 85 out of 100 based on nine expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Digital Versus, Les and

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Good Owner Reviews

On average, based on 988 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Sony TV is 88%. Over 87% of reviewers gave this TV either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Very Good Brand

We checked 3,350 owner and expert reviews (including 1,813 verified purchases) for Sony TVs and found that on average Sony has very good ratings compared to other brands. 95% of those that bought a Sony TV would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Running Costs

Running Costs Are Average

The energy efficiency classification of this television is A+. Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the 5 year running cost of the KDL-42W705 is £64, which is typical compared to the other 4,306 televisions.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This television was released in February 2014.


Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the KDL-42W705 of 42" is fairly average compared to most other TVs. It is in the largest 38% of all TVs when ordered by this feature.

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Only Full HD

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

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Does Not Feature OLED/QLED Technology

The Sony KDL-42W705 does not feature OLED/QLED technology. 98% of televisions also do not feature OLED/QLED technology.

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Not 3D

Like most other televisions, the Sony KDL-42W705 is not 3D. 75% of TVs are not 3D.

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Average Thickness

The KDL-42W705's thickness of 64mm is pretty standard compared to most other TVs. It is thicker than 39% of all TVs when ordered by this feature.

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Supports Wi-Fi


The KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi, as do 61% of TVs.

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Supports Parental Controls

The Sony KDL-42W705 supports parental controls, unlike 87% of TVs which do not support parental controls.

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Supports Picture-in-Picture

The KDL-42W705 supports Picture-In-Picture, which is unusual. 94% of TVs do not support Picture-In-Picture.

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Has an Ambient Light Sensor

The KDL-42W705 has an ambient light sensor, which is unusual. 92% of TVs do not have an ambient light sensor.

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Supports Wi-Fi Direct

The KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi Direct. 73% of televisions do not support Wi-Fi Direct.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The KDL-42W705 supports Near Field Communication (NFC), unlike 98% of televisions which do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Supports Wi-Fi

The KDL-42W705 supports Wi-Fi. 92% of TVs do not support Wi-Fi.

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Supports 24p

The KDL-42W705 supports 24p, unlike 85% of TVs which do not support 24p.

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Supports HDD Recording

The KDL-42W705 supports HDD recording, unlike 98% of TVs which do not support HDD recording.

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3D Comb Filter

This TV has a 3D comb filter, which is the most commonly found comb filter on televisions.

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Lower Than Average RMS Rated Power

The KDL-42W705's RMS rated power of only 16W is in the lowest 25% of all televisions when sorted by this feature. The average RMS rated power of all TVs is 21W, with the lowest being 2W and the highest being 200W.

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Has an Auto Volume Leveler

The KDL-42W705 has an auto volume leveler, which is unusual. 83% of TVs do not have an auto volume leveler.

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Average High Frequency Rate

The KDL-42W705's high frequency rate of 200Hz is relatively typical compared to most other televisions. It is in the fastest 65% of all TVs when ranked by this feature.

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Does Not Feature Local Dimming

The KDL-42W705 does not feature local dimming. 76% of televisions also do not feature local dimming.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sonytv kdl42w705, sony kdl42w705


04905524959574, 04905524959581, 04905524959598, 04905524959604, 04905524967715, 05054230708149

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