Design and Construction
The KLV-40NX500 has a very striking appearance and looks gorgeous no matter where you place it. The BRAVIA tag is boldly displayed in the top left corner, so there's no mistaking this TV for anything else. The panel is covered by a glass sheet that gives it a seamless edge-to-edge look. This also protects the screen from accidental knocks, as the user never actually touches the panel. When the TV is off though, it appears as if the screen is extremely wide with a very thin bezel, but actually that's not the case. The bezel is pretty thick but thanks to the clever glass design you don't notice it until you switch it on.
The TV has the ability to swivel and tilt a bit backwards which is nice since you don't see this too often in televisions. The stand is sturdy and not too wide, so you don't need a whole lot of table space for it. It may not appear from the front but the TV is quite thick from the side due to the CCFL back lighting.
The layout of the ports is a bit different as well. For a change we have a VGA port on the side along with the audio-in jack, a composite jack, HDMI, USB port and a headphone jack. In the rear we have the rest of the ports, another composite jack a single component port. On the upside though, there are a total of four HDMI ports and now that we have HDMI in almost all of our gadgets, this is a good move by Sony.
Overall, Sony gets our thumbs up for design which is very classy and sophisticated. The build too is solid with no creaking parts.
Next let's take a look at the performance of the TV and see if can deliver the goods.