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Sony XEL-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the remote control and color. The size and design also get good reviews. There are some negative reviews about the resolution and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Sony XEL-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 user reviews of Sony XEL-1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Reviewers are impressed by the sound and usability. The size and image quality are also appreciated.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Sony XEL-1 11-Inch OLED Digital TV

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (

Sony XEL-1 OLED HDTV First Impressions Review - Intro


Although many companies have shown prototypes of HDTVs built with OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays, Sony is the only one to be actually selling one. The XEL-1 is their only OLED model, and it sells for a rather hefty price of $2499. That's...

Should you buy the XEL-1? In a word, no. Unless you have more disposable income than a duck has feathers, the XEL-1 is a bad purchase. OLED has huge promise as a display technology, but it's just not ready for the mainstream yet. It's too expensive....

Jan, 2009

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Sony XEL-1 OLED Digital TV


It costs a princely sum, but the tiny 11-inch XEL-1 delivers a picture to die for.

Excellent picture contrast. Superb motion resolution (minimal blurring). Low power consumption.

Expensive. Very small screen.

Nov, 2008

Expert review by: Chuck Cage (

Review: Sony XEL-1


Sometimes you can see the future in a device. Well, we see it in the diminutive XEL-1, with its first-ever consumer-ready OLED TV screen. Like...

No backlight makes for an absurdly thin panel — just 0.12 inch. Cool retro-futurist styling. Equally svelte remote has easy-to-push buttons

Some issues de-interlacing HD sources. Lilliputian screen doesn’t exactly deliver a home theater experience, but Sony promises that bigger versions are on the way

Oct, 2008

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Sony XEL-1


In conclusion, the XEL-1 performs quite well given the new technology it contains. While some kinks may need to be worked out, this technology could make for some serious competition with the LCD's and Plasmas that are currently on the market. If you...

OLED technology960 x 540 resolutionDarkest blacksNeon like colors

No backlight

While smaller than your average HDTV, the XEL-1 offers true black levels...

May, 2009

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Sony XEL-1


Extremely high motion-clarity., Excellent colors., Top-notch 24p reproduction., Sensational contrast when viewed in the dark

Very (!) small picture., Resolution is too low., Way too expensive

Rarely is a test quite this interesting — or ambivalent. On the one hand, the miniature Sony impresses with perfect black and extraordinary motion-clarity. On the other hand, the low resolution disappoints and stops the screen displaying that...

Jan, 2010

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Sony XEL-1 OLED Digital TV Preview


Sony's XEL-1, the first OLED on the market, certainly stands out as a unique option for high definition viewing. While the 11" screen does limit the utility of the XEL-1 OLED TV, the novelty of having early access to the impressive OLED technology may...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Simon Hill (

Sony OLED XEL-1 Reviewed: Tiny HDTV


Here is a review of the Sony OLED XEL-1 television. It may be small but the picture quality is tremendous and this gorgeous wee device heralds the future of HDTV as OLED is likely to replace LCD as the most popular TV technology in the next few years...

The Sony OLED XEL-1 is really a tester for Sony. It is like a tiny show house for the new technology and with a price tag of $2,500 not many people will be buying one of these. On the other hand it does offer the most fantastic picture and if you have...

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Sony XEL-1 11 In. Oled


Sony XEL-1 OLED TV In the world of high definition, flat panel TVs, OLED technology has long been unreachable for mass market consumers, even though it is in such high demand. There are many factors for this, some of the most important being price and...

While the new technology is definitely amazing, there are still a few kinks to work out in the world of OLED TVs. Nevertheless, the Sony XEL-1 is a great buy and will make a great addition to your kitchen or bedroom. It has incredible technology that...

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (



This amazing Sony OLED television is hamstrung by a tiny screen and a massive price-tag

The best picture quality we’ve seen -- absolute blacks, good colour saturation and control

Unattainably expensive, reflective screen, non-HD resolution

Aug, 2009

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (



This amazing Sony OLED television is hamstrung by a tiny screen and a massive price-tag

The best picture quality we’ve seen -- absolute blacks, good colour saturation and control

Unattainably expensive, reflective screen, non-HD resolution

We could never recommend that anyone purchase this television given its tiny size and incredible price. But as a glimpse into the promising future of OLED televisions, the Sony XEL-1 is technically brilliant.

Aug, 2009

Product Specifications

Sony's industry first OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV, the XEL-1, has a 3 millimeter thin panel and offers unparalleled picture quality with amazing Contrast, outstanding Brightness, exceptional color reproduction, and a rapid Response Time. The XEL-1 delivers outstanding performance in key picture quality categories. OLED technology can completely turn off Pixels when reproducing black, resulting in more outstanding dark scene detail and a Contrast Ratio of 1,000,000:1. OLED creates unmatched color expression and detail and enables rapid response times for smooth and natural reproduction of fast moving content such as sports. The XEL-1 features the latest connectivity options including two HDMI inputs, a Digital tuner, and a Memory Stick slot for viewing high-Resolution photos.


2D to 3D Conversion: No
Application Store: No
Application Store (IPTV): No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
DVB-T2: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
HbbTV: No
Loudspeakers: Yes
Media Player: No
PC Streaming: No
Picture and Picture (PAP): No
Picture and Text (PAT): No
Picture in Picture (PIP): No
USB Recording: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No
Web Browser: No
Web Content Access: No


CI Plus: No
DLNA certified: No
DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Front AV Interface: No
Headphone Output: Yes
Memory Stick: No
PC Streaming: No
S-Video: No
Secure Digital Card: No
USB: Yes
VGA / D-Sub Interface: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: No

Dimensions / Weight

VESA Mount:Not Applicable


4K Upscaling: No
Frame Refresh Rate in Hz:50
Frequency:50 Hertz
Full HD: No
HD ready: No
LED Backlight: No
LED Technology:OLED

Energy Information

Energy Saving Trust Feature: No

General Features

3D: No
3D Ready: No
3D Technology:Not Applicable
Product Type:OLED
Screen Format:16:9
Type of Monitor:OLED