Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 LCD TV
This cheap Sony TV has a swathe of Internet video features but picture quality could be better
- Internet TV and BRAVIA Internet Video at a low price
- Good image quality for a 720p panel
- You can get a 1080p panel for around the same price
- No Wi-Fi for easy Internet access - why?
Sony's BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 LED-backlit LCD TV is an entry-level model, but it still has access to Sony's linear Internet TV channels, of which there are at least two dozen, and the full BRAVIA Internet Video on-demand suite. We think this inclusion in a basic model should be applauded, but the addition of Wi-Fi would have been a master stroke. Picture quality is good for a 720p LCD panel, but you can buy more competent 1080p screens for around the same price.
Price$ 849.00 (AUD)
The Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 is one of Sony's cheaper LED TVs, but it still has a comprehensive suite of Internet video features. If you don't want to spend all your money on a massive TV but still want a few nifty extra Internet features to pass the time, give the BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 a little thought.
Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 LED TV: Design and connectivity
The Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 has a two-tone design — the screen's upper bezel is finished in dark grey, while the thicker lower bezel is capped with dark brushed aluminium. A thin swivelling stand connects to a slim glass base. It's quite an attractive product and the stand's slight tilt makes it look fashionable.
Heading around to the TV's rear, you'll find four HDMI ports arranged across the back and side panels. There are also two USB ports — for connecting Sony's Skype camera, Wi-Fi adapter or a flash drive for playing downloaded videos, photos or music — and various analog connectors. You'll have to use the Ethernet port to hook the BRAVIA EX420 up to the Internet, because annoyingly there's no Wi-Fi built in. You can purchase a USB Wi-Fi adapter but this drives the price of the TV up.
The range of Internet services offered by the BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 is extensive. There's the Sony Internet TV suite, which includes 24 linear streaming Internet TV channels — very similar to digital TV, except delivered through your Internet connection. As long as you have fast enough Internet (read: broadband ADSL or cable) and a large enough download limit, Sony Internet TV more than doubles the amount of always-running TV on offer to viewers.
Just like last year, Sony's TVs for 2011 include BRAVIA Internet Video — a variety of on-demand video services, our favourite of which is the ever-reliable ABC iView. To see these features in such a cheap TV is excellent, and we wholeheartedly applaud Sony. Hopefully next year they'll be on every model in Sony's line-up.
Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 LED TV: Picture quality and Internet features
The Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420's 32in LED-backlit LCD panel is a 1366x768pixel unit — a slight resolution hike over the 720p some digital TV stations are broadcast in, but a far cry from the 1080p quality of a Blu-ray disc. The screen is perfectly acceptable for watching movies, TV and Internet video content — it does a better job than an average 1080p panel from a couple of years ago — but you can get a superior television (one of last year's 50in Samsung Series 6 plasmas, for example) for under $1000, which is barely more than $100 more.
The BRAVIA EX420's LED edge-lighting is superior to a traditional CCFL backlight — it's more efficient with its power consumption, and the screen's contrast is a little better than the Panasonic TH-L32S25A. We ran through The Dark Knight and Terminator: Salvation, through a Pioneer BDP-430 Blu-ray player and a Macbook Pro connected via HDMI. The main issue with the Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 is its down-scaling of 1080p content — a little bit of detail is lost in the process, and fine elements — like the pores in Christian Bale's face, to use a not-so-enticing example — aren't as easily visible as on a 1080p screen. Contrast is OK but unsurprisingly there's a bit of detail lost in the dark and bright areas of the screen. This issue is most visible when you're watching movie credits rolling, or pin-pricks of white light on a black background like in the opening sequence of The Dark Knight.
Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 LED TV: Conclusion
The Sony BRAVIA KDL-32EX420 makes some solid steps in some areas and concedes others. We really like that you can get a brand new TV for under $1000 — from Sony, of all brands — with Internet video on demand built in. The addition of Wi-Fi at this price would have been an extra boon — we can only surmise it has been left out to preserve the feature-sets of more expensive models.
Picture quality is acceptable but you can buy a far more competent 1080p LCD or plasma TV for a few hundred dollars more, and likely in a larger screen size as well. The real draw-card for the Sony EX420 is its Internet access at an affordable price.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Samsung ready to make chips faster than the ones in Galaxy S8
- Rumor suggests the Note8 will be a bigger S8+ that adds a missing feature
- Fear not, early adopters: The Galaxy S8 might not be running Android 7.0 for very long
- Samsung made an even better Galaxy S8+, but you can’t have it
- Samsung's profit soars after recovery from Note7 debacle
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 phone: full, in-depth review
- Ryzen 5 vs Intel Core i5 CPU Australian review
- Mass Effect Andromeda review: One for the fans
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSAP Solution ArchitectsACT
- FTFinance AnalystNSW
- CCPMO AnalystVIC
- FTIT Test ManagerNSW
- FTBI and Report DeveloperQLD
- TPBusiness Project ManagerNSW
- FTTelecommunications Installation ManagerSA
- FTData Analyst - GISQLD
- CCIntegration ArchitectACT
- FTSenior Data Warehouse ConsultantNSW
- CCSenior Change ManagerQLD
- FTTeam AssistantVIC
- TPRegional Level 2/3 Desktop Support AnalystVIC
- TPSenior Business Analyst - Student Management SystemQLD
- FTIT Security RolesACT
- FTSecurity Solutions Manager - Perth BasedNSW
- FTSystem AnalystSA
- TPPHP Developer - Immediate startQLD
- FTNetwork Engineer - CCNP - WeipaQLD
- FTSenior BI AnalystQLD
- FTRisk and Quality ManagerNSW
- FTService Desk - Level 1 SupportVIC
- CCSenior Network Security EngineerNSW
- CCTelecommunication Business SpecialistVIC
- FTSenior System AdministratorVIC