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Positives:
Good color and contrast reproduction
A variety of I/O ports
Dual Band WiFi
– The latest version of Google TV
Also works with Alexa-enabled smart devices
– Access to image and audio adjustments on the fly

Negatives:
HD ready, not Full HD
– expensive
– Dated TV design, crowded remote control

Overall rating: 3.8 / 5

Price: 28,990 rupees

With so many budget smart TV brands plying their trade in India, one sometimes tends to forget that the big boys still exist. And what’s more, it’s found in the most popular 32-inch chipset too! Sony gave us a timely reminder of that with its recently launched W830K series. As expected, it holds an excellent price with the promise of superior image quality and performance. But is it doing enough to change mindsets? Let’s find out.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Design & Connectivity: 7.5 / 10
Sony didn’t bother not to use the bezels and opted for a more classic design with narrow bezels but distinct on all four sides. Although there is nothing bad about it, it looks old. An elongated chin under the bottom edge, which houses the power LED and infrared receiver, adds a bit of personality to the design. The TV can be hung on the wall or placed on a desk using the assembled brackets. Desktop stand holds the TV firmly in place. The wall mount kit is not assembled, but will be provided during installation if needed.

Necessary screws are assembled along with a wireless remote control and a pair of AAA batteries. Although the aesthetics of this TV didn’t impress me, there were some design elements that I loved here. First, the stands are mounted toward the center of the TV rather than near the edges, making it possible to place this TV on a smaller desk. Secondly, the side ports are located near the left edge of the TV which makes it easy to reach even after it is installed on the wall. On the other hand, it will be difficult to reach certain ports placed on the back of the TV.

Speaking of ports, you get three HDMI ports — one that supports ARC, two USB 2.0 ports, an optical audio out, a 3.5mm headphone jack, coaxial A/V inputs, and a LAN port. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting wireless speakers/headphones and even a keyboard or mouse. You also get dual-band WiFi with support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and a/b/g/n/AC standards. Thus, most of the major communication bases are covered on this Sony TV.

Speaking of ports, you get three HDMI ports — one that supports ARC, two USB 2.0 ports, an optical audio out, a 3.5mm headphone jack, coaxial A/V inputs, and a LAN port. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting wireless speakers/headphones and even a keyboard or mouse. You also get dual-band WiFi with support for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and a/b/g/n/AC standards. Thus, most of the major communication bases are covered on this Sony TV.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV Review Rear Ports

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Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Features and Specifications: 7.5 / 10
This TV has a 32-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and a refresh rate of 50 Hz. I was hoping Sony would be here Full HD but that’s not the case. Panel type or peak brightness numbers are not mentioned here. It supports two primary HDR formats such as HDR10 and HLG. This TV is powered by a quad-core chip with four ARM Cortex A55 cores that can run up to 1400MHz and a Mali-G31 GPU. You get 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, more than half of which is available for your needs.

Audio output is rated at 20W RMS with Dolby Audio support. As it is based on the Google TV platform, it has a built-in Chromecast and you can cast content on it from compatible apps on your Android phone or tablet. Something unique here is that this Sony TV works with Alexa-enabled smart devices as well, and they can be controlled from here along with those in the Google ecosystem. It is also compatible with Apple AirPlay and HomeKit.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV Review Remote

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You can have a wireless remote control that works via both infrared and bluetooth. Although it doesn’t miss any important keys, it has too many buttons and feels cluttered. The remote control has hotkeys for Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, and YouTube Music. The remote is voice-enabled, so you can bring up the Google Assistant by pressing the corresponding key and issuing voice commands.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – User Interface: 8/10
The Sony KD-32W830K runs the latest version of Google TV based on Android 11 for TV. Most of the features are similar to Android TV but with a slightly different user interface. In fact, it seems that Google is moving towards a unified user interface for both because the latest Android TV updates on many TVs make the interface very similar to that of Google TV. The user interface is quite polished and gives a higher priority to discovering content rather than installed applications.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV Google TV UI Review

It shows you suggested content from several OTT platforms that the AI ​​thinks will interest you. Don’t worry if it feels random at first; It is expected to get smarter as you watch more content on it. There is the Google Play Store which gives you access to a lot of apps. Apps for quite a few popular OTT services come pre-installed on this TV. Their subscriptions must be purchased separately and you must log into each service you wish to view here.

There is a dedicated settings button on the remote control that gives you quick access to picture, sound, and other settings on the go, no matter what app or input is in use. The user interface is fairly easy to use and the learning curve is not steep.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Picture Quality: 8/10
The picture quality of the 32W830K is very good despite it being just a high-quality TV. The panel is bright and the color reproduction is just as impressive as you’d expect from a Sony TV. The image is well set out of the box, and you have extra room to tweak if you want to. If I had to point out some minor issues, it looks like the red is a bit boosted and the default contrast is a little aggressive. Both settings can be addressed by lowering or turning off all auto-contrast settings and lowering saturation slightly.

After that, contrast is generally good with impressive black levels for this clip. Details in the dark areas of some scenes in the demo videos were visible for most parts. The only real problem here is the moderate sharpness due to the low resolution. Keep in mind that the picture does not look faded or boring, but sometimes you want it to be more clear. HDR performance is acceptable, but on a 32-inch screen ready for HD I wouldn’t devote too many points to it, and you shouldn’t expect anything spectacular.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV Review Stand Central

720p and 1080p (miniature) content comes alive on this TV with vibrant colours. A special mention is the skin tones that look completely natural on this screen, something that budget TVs can’t get enough of most of the time. Low-resolution videos up to 480p can be viewed perfectly due to its small screen. Viewing angles are generally good with color shifting noticeably only from sharp angles. All said and done, the picture quality of the Sony KD-32W830K is impressive for a 32-inch TV.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Sound Quality: 7/10
This Sony TV delivers warm and powerful sound output. You get a pair of lower woofers rated at 20W RMS that deliver Dolby-certified sound. The audio output of this TV is loud and clear to make it compact in a medium sized room. There’s a lot of clarity in the vocals and a little bit of bass to go with it. The speakers tuned well out of the box and I didn’t feel the need to fiddle with the audio settings.

The speakers are good enough for general audio needs such as watching news, sports, individual web series, or listening to music. If you want additional audio, you have more than a handful of audio outputs on this TV such as HDMI ARC, optical audio out, headphone jack and Bluetooth to connect your amplifier or speaker system.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Overall Performance: 7.5 / 10
The TV takes about 45 seconds to turn on when powered from the mains, which is a bit slow for Android/Google TV. Post that, if you turn it off and on from the remote, the TV will restart in just a few seconds from standby, which is fine. But there is something interesting that I have noticed here. When I turn on the power from the mains, the TV starts to boot but the screen remains off. So if you turn on the TV from the remote a minute later, you might feel it starts up almost immediately.

There is no noticeable lag in playback, be it menus or when watching content. There was a slight delay in the voice assistant response at first, but it seemed to improve over the course of the test. The default media player on this TV is not the best I’ve come across for watching videos. Some test videos playing from USB drive have wrong aspect ratio and I couldn’t find any option to fix that. Using a different player like VLC or MX provided a much better experience. However, this TV cannot play 4K videos via USB. Since this isn’t even a Full HD screen, such a requirement would be rare, but it would be nice if it did.

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV – Price and Verdict
This is where things get a little tricky. The Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV can be bought for Rs 28,990 with a one-year warranty. This is almost twice the price of budget 32-inch Android TVs with similar features but lower picture quality. Similar sized smart TVs from LG and Samsung also sell for under Rs 10,000. One can even get 43 inch Ultra HD (4K) Android TVs for the price of this Sony TV. Why would one buy this?

Sony KD-32W830K Smart TV Review Side Ports

Frankly, there is no clear answer. The only scenarios I can think of for buying this TV are either you are a loyal fan of Sony or you have a space crisis and want to buy a 32-inch TV with superior picture quality and good connectivity options. While there’s nothing blatantly wrong with this Sony TV, I feel the $29,000 is too much to pay for a 32″ HD ready TV regardless of brand. If it was a Full HD TV, I would have given it a little more space.

If you have that kind of budget and space is not an issue, you would be better off buying a 43 inch Android 4K TV from a brand like Hisense. You can even squeeze a 43-inch Full HD smart TV from the likes of Samsung or LG close to 30K. As for 32 inch HD TVs, there is just as much quality to offer due to lower resolutions and it would be wise to spend no more than 18,000 to 20,000 rupees on a single device in this day and age.