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Sony XEL-1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews of Sony XEL-1. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the sound and color are overall positive. The design and size are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the price, and opinions about the remote control and durability are different.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony XEL-1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent 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 products in the same category on People are impressed by the sound and usability. The size and image quality also get good comments.

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

Dec, 2020

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Expert review by : Robert Heron (

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.

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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

Expert review by : David Katzmaier (

Sony XEL-1 OLED TV review: Sony XEL-1 OLED TV



Produces absolute black levels; excellent color saturation; superb viewing angle and screen uniformity; sleek design featuring ultrathin panel.

Ridiculously expensive; tiny screen; inaccurate primary colors; less than HD resolution; no anti-judder processing; screen reflects ambient light; minimal inputs; thin panel cannot be removed from base.

The Sony XEL-1, the world's first OLED TV, costs $2,500 for an 11-inch screen, but its beautiful picture ably shows the promise of the new technology.

Feb, 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

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


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...

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

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (

Sony XEL-1 OLED television


Not since LCD and plasma appeared in the late-90s has a new TV technology appeared. So Sony's first-out-of-the-blocks organic light emitting diode (OLED) flatscreen TV is something to behold. Costing a cool £1300 and available in the UK from January,...

Fluid picture, no blur, stunning colours

Tiny, not high-def, very expensive

The engineers behind OLED technology have been trying to perfect it for years, with the main problem being cost-effective production - hence the huge price tag on the XEL-1. That said, if recent trade shows are anything to go by we expect to see both...

Dec, 2008