We recently bought a new 46″ Sony Bravia LCD TV. After narrowing down our options, we were faced with a choice between the now-discontinued KDL-46W5100 and the seemingly identical KDL-46W5150 for about $300 more. My first inclination was to go with the cheaper model… Was that the right choice?
After a bit of investigation, I discovered that the KDL-W5150 series really is the same as the KDL-W5100 series in terms of features and components. It appears to differ only in terms of the length of the warranty, with the W5150 having an 18 month warranty vs. the 12 month warranty of the W5100.
Needless to say, I opted for the less expensive KDL-46W5100. Not only did we save around $300 (plus tax), but our credit card also doubles the warranty up to a year. This makes the difference between the two models negligible.
While I’m not a fan of extended warranties, if you’re faced with a similar dilemma and you really want a longer warranty, I would still recommend opting for the cheaper model (all else being equal) and putting the difference toward an extended warranty, as you should still come out ahead.