Sony Bravia S5700

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 October, 2009, 12:00am

It's pretty difficult to distinguish between LCD monitors and LCD TV these days, except perhaps by their size and price. LCD TVs are typically bigger and cost a whole lot more than their computer-centric cousins.

But if you want the full TV functionality, but don't have the space for it, you can now opt for Sony's Bravia S5700. The fancy name denotes a 22-inch LCD TV that supports both PAL and NTSC TV formats, as well as the DTMB digital TV standard.

The obvious difference between this model and regular computer displays is the integrated TV module, which means you can plug it directly into your TV socket and start watching TV, instead of through a PC with a TV receiver.

As a TV, the S5700 also gives you a lot more options in terms of connectivity to peripherals, such as gaming consoles, media players and so on, including HDMI for high definition content. And yes, there's even a slot for plugging in your PC.

There is also support for the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard, which means the S5700 will now play back a variety of photos (JPEG), videos (MPEG2 PS, MPEG2 TS, AVCHD), and even music files (MP3 and LPCM) directly from other gadgets or your PC. You also get a range of audio functions, including the surround sound effect, to enhance your viewing experience.

Lastly, the S5700 comes in sleek silver, like its Vaio desktops. It is priced at HK$3,980.

Pros: a full featured TV, sleek design, supports DLNA for media file playback, built-in audio functionality

Cons: no wireless connectivity option like some higher-end Sony models