Product: Sony Bravia HX82 55'' smart TV
We got the opportunity to check out one of our friend's brand new Sony Bravia smart TV and take in all its high-tech, 3D goodness. With a 55'' screen equipped with full HD, 2D, 3D, and an X-Reality PRO Engine, this TV was a giant beauty to behold. We first went through all the smart capabilities, then watched some sports and even played Resistance 3 in 3D.
We were most interested in trying out the Network features and the 3D. So we got started going through the different widgets the Sony Bravia offers. The set comes equipped with an entire suite of widgets from the basics like weather, photos, music to must-have essentials like Hulu and Netflix to social media staples like Twitter and YouTube.
Adding accounts into social media accounts like Twitter was simple and done with the neat-looking remote (the power button is on the back!). While the baseball game was playing, I added my Twitter account to check the latest updates in my stream.
We also wanted to test out Skype but didn't have a camera and microphone at hand, which is needed in order to chat with anyone.Sony 3D Active Glasses and watched a couple programs. Syncing the glasses was easy enough. Just press the power button on the glasses and they will sync with the TV with a quick notification on the screen. We agreed that watching sports or any programs associated with water were the coolest experiences. There's something about water splashing in your face and dripping down your glasses (virtually) that never gets old.
However, if you're looking for the ultimate TV/movie watching/gaming experience, the Sony Bravia is definitely one to look into, especially if you don't mind shelling over the big bucks for it.
Pros: Getting the Sony Bravia is investing in a luxury piece of technology. Nobody really needs it, but it's really nice to have. The 3D effects on the Bravia are the best we've seen so far, so if you're looking for a great 3D experience at home, this is the right pick.
Cons: We'd say the biggest con is the cost. The TV itself has a hefty price tag and there are other accessories you need to purchase in order to use the Sony Bravia to the fullest, such as 3D glasses (and at least two pairs as we're assuming you won't be watching by yourself all the time).
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