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Sony XEL-1 11 In. Oled XEL-1 Review

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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 screen size. But Sony finally broke the OLED barrier when it released the Sony XEL-1.

Standout Features

• Extremely wide viewing angle
• Excellent contrast and black levels
• Super thin design


The Sony XEL-1 makes it easy to see why OLED technology is so sought after in flat panel television. It offers unparalleled brightness and allows the TV to be unbelievably thin. Some people are still looking for a way to take advantage of that property in order to make a wallpaper TV that can simply be applied to an entire wall.

That dream is far away, but the Sony XEL-1 is oh so real. The picture is so bright and has an incredibly wide viewing angle. Another advantage of OLED screens is the amazing contrast you can get from the black levels. This is especially useful if you plan on having the TV in a well-lit area or a room with windows because the contrast makes the picture clearer in lighted situations.

To be sure, the Sony XEL-1 is only the beginning of OLED technology in HDTVs, and as such it still has a few kinks to work out. The biggest one being price. Since the technology is so new there is still no way that the Sony XEL-1 could compete in price with established technology, like LCD. Another issue that must be addressed is the inputs. Since the TV is so thin, Sony had to create a thick base to attach it to so there would be somewhere to plug in the cords.

In the future, however, Sony plans on going wireless with its OLED technology. You would have the credit-card thin screen hanging on your wall and the box with all the cords plugged into could be stored somewhere out of the way, like the laundry room.

Summary of Reviews from Across the Internet

Experts who reviewed the Sony XEL-1 were amazed by the picture, brightness and contrast of the TV. However, they almost universally agreed that even with amazing capabilities, the small size of the Sony XEL-1 didn’t warrant the large price tag. Consumers agreed, the small screen size and big price being their main complaints.


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 can make images look good anywhere.

Sony XEL-1 11 In. Oled XEL-1

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Sony XEL-1 11 In. Oled XEL-1