Design & Features
If you like things simple, then Sony's Monolithic design should pander to the minimalist in you. Unlike the budget BX-series which dons a clunky frame, the premium NX suite, on the other hand, exudes sophistication with a seamless glass face and slender 30mm styling. Another relatively new element is the OptiContrast panel. Essentially, Sony has tucked a resin sheet between the NX810's LCD panel and glass plate to reduce glare as well as boost black levels and picture detail. At this juncture, we can't ascertain if this enhancement would indeed improve the display's performance before we test the unit (which is detailed on the following pages). However, it is painfully obvious the panel remains highly reflective as it is. The screen is also a fingerprint magnet, so be sure to keep a cloth handy if family members have a tendency to handle the panel frequently. Should you lose the remote, look for the hardware buttons at the lower right of the TV's flank.
The handsome BRAVIA display exhibits a low profile when mounted on the glass-top stand, and swivels 20 degrees each way. Installation wise, the NX810 is rather versatile since the display can be wall mounted. Alternatively, you may stick the panel into the Bunchin stand which gives the TV a six degrees tilt. Incidentally, the bundled stand (Sony's current promotion) also hides a 2.1-speaker system to augment your auditory experience. Gazing at the TV's back, all AV connectors are designed with a side-facing alignment which makes them ideal for wall mount solutions. Moreover, expect to find the usual suspects such as four HDMI 1.4 ports and a USB slot in the NX810's arsenal. Unlike Samsung's Series 8 which requires a series of cumbersome breakout adapters, the NX810's Ethernet port is already incorporated into the TV's rear. However, the 3D Sync connector is a little hard to reach so it's best to install the transmitter before wall mounting the display set.
Now that you are acquainted with the NX810's framework, let's move on to the features and display adjustments. This BRAVIA is awesome, in that it features wired and wireless Ethernet aspects. Yes, it does not require any Wi-Fi dongles to connect to your network. The other clincher is the NX810's Internet Video and Widgets features. Little content was pre-installed, meaning you'll need to spend a couple of minutes downloading them as a requisite. Once done, however, we spotted a good number of trending video sites such as YouTube, WIRED and Epicurious on the TV's itinerary. As for BRAVIA Widgets, expect to find Twitter and a bunch of Yahoo News and Weather widgets on the Network icon. Incidentally, the remote also offers dedicated buttons for both applications. The NX810 has three picture presets with a Blu-ray source - Standard, Vivid and Custom. Then again, we like the fact that the Backlights are adjustable, and each preset can be managed independently with each AV input. More display tweaks can be found under Advanced Settings.