Sony KDL-42W653 TV reviews and prices: 42" Full HD 1080p LED Backlight LCD screen

220 customer reviews

This television is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 220 reviews.
Sony KDL-42W653 with 42" Full HD 1080p LED Backlight LCD screen, 2 HDMI ports and Freeview HD. See full product description

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Sophie, London Film and documentary lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
No thick rim
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 31 Jan 2014

Shirley, Leiston Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
As someone who has bad eyesight I would say the picture quality is great for me. I can read everything that is printed on the screen which I could not do before.
Bad points:
None in particular.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Feb 2014

Dave, Southampton Multi-purpose viewer

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
1. good picture quality. once colour adjusted in menu.
2. light and slim. designed for wall mounting.
Bad points:
1. sounds tinny. spend £150-£300 on a soundbar.
2. stand not swivel. spend £50 on a swivel base.
3. stand too low. soundbar cannot fit under TV.
4. only 2 hdmi ports.
5. no user manual. i-manual is online only.
6. a 46" (non smart tv) would have been better value for money.
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 2.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 Sep 2013

mark, london Multi-purpose viewer

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
picture quality
Bad points:
no itv player or 4 on demand
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 5.0
Image quality 7.0
Sound quality 6.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 17 Jan 2014

caroline, Redhill, Surrey Multi-purpose viewer

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
picture is so clear and we love the full screen
Bad points:
we are technophobes and therefore found it difficult at first to use, still finding our way around things.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 3.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 10 Feb 2014

Trevor, Rochester Film and documentary lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb picture quality, good sound, menus are very quick, very easy set up, looks great
Bad points:
Unable to find any yet, 3 weeks in and loving the tv
Overall rating 9.0
Image quality 8.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 08 Mar 2014

Colin, perth Multi-purpose viewer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
high end tv & a low end price
picture quality is amazing
sound quality is spot
i have mine set up with my ps4 they have the ability to interact with each other
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Feb 2014

This Sony KDL-42W653 is reviewed on TechRadar

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 42
Type of screen LED Backlight LCD
3D No
HD TV Full HD 1080p
Built-in disc player No
Freeview or Freesat tuner Freeview HD
Number of HDMI ports 2
Number of scart ports 1
Connections WiFi
Connections Ethernet
Connections USB
Smart TV Yes
Frequency (Hz) 200
Horizontal resolution (Pixels) 1920
Vertical resolution (Pixels) 1080

Also known as: Sony KDL-42W653A, Sony KDL42W653, KDL42W653ABU, Sony KDL42W653AB, Sony Bravia

TV Buyers Guide  

Manufacturer's Description

To see all that this TV has to offer, please drop by a branch and ask a Partner for a demonstration.

The Sony W65 balances smart TV connectivity with Full HD 1080p viewing and easy screen mirroring. Built-in Wi-Fi makes streaming catch up TV or media via DLNA seamless, while powerful bass reflex speakers add more depth to soundtracks. This TV looks the part too with its metallic arched stand and trim design.

Key benefits:
Warmer colours and enhanced contrast – X-Reality PRO adds an extra dimension of image clarity to everything you watch. Drawing on a database of visual information, it analyses and enhances every image, it’s especially good with faces and skin tone.

Screen mirroring lets you connect your smartphone or tablet wirelessly to your TV – then enjoy your photos, videos, apps, web pages and games in super-size on the big screen. Just use your smartphone to swipe, enlarge, move and select.

Built-in Bass Reflex Box speakers direct sound towards you, delivering extended low frequencies and clear, sparkling highs. Slim and compact, they minimise vibration and resonance too.

Enjoy a huge range of free digital TV and radio channels, including HD programmes, without subscriptions through integrated Freeview HD. There’s no contract and no need for a set-top box or satellite dish. It’s all easily accessible using just one remote control and your external TV aerial. To watch Freeview HD broadcasts you’ll need to check that you can receive it in your area. Click here to find out more about Freeview HD.

Dynamic Edge LED backlighting dims and brightens specific areas of the screen for enhanced contrast and more natural colours.

The TV SideView feature lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote while learning more about the programme you’re watching.

With Motionflow XR 200Hz sports and other fast moving action looks smoother and sharper.

Use built-in Wi-Fi on your TV to access the Sony Entertainment Network and stream content from an ever-expanding catalogue of HD movies, music and TV channels. It offers a web browser too, plus apps like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Skype.

Sound Bars
With TVs getting slimmer and built-in speakers getting smaller – choosing the right sound system is more important than ever. Sound bars add that extra audio punch to all your movies, games and TV programmes. More affordable and easier to set up than a full size speaker system, they don’t compromise on quality either.

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