The Sony W850C is a good TV with excellent contrast and motion control. Unfortunately, it has too much motion blur and input lag to be a great gaming TV. For movies and general use though, it is a good choice.
- Great blacks and native contrast ratio.
- Good motion controls.
- Limited viewing angle.
- More motion blur and input lag than average, which is not ideal for gaming.
- 11% Contrast
- 4% Black Uniformity
- 6% Local Dimming
- 6% HDR Peak Brightness
- 6% SDR Peak Brightness
- 6% Gray Uniformity
- 7% Viewing Angle
- 4% Pre Calibration
- 1% Post Calibration
- 6% 480p Input
- 9% 720p Input
- 11% 1080p Input
- 6% 4k Input
- 4% Color Gamut
- 4% Color Volume
- 2% Gradient
- 1% Image Retention
- 6% Reflections
- 1% 3D
The contrast ratio is 4867:1, which is great, and means the blacks are deep.
The black uniformity is great. There is a slight clouding spot in the top left quadrant, but it wasn't noticeable with normal content.
Our unit has a few visible vertical bands across the screen, as well as darker edges.
At a wide viewing angle, the colors are not the same as in front. The blacks are not as good, either. The picture quality is better when you sit directly in-axis.
Update 01/06/2017: We have changed the methodology of testing. Since this is an old TV which we don't have anymore, we extrapolated the results from 2016 TVs.
It reflects slightly more light than average, but it doesn't have the rainbow glare that most other TVs do.
The maximum brightness is a bit below average. Nothing to worry about with one or two windows, but it isn't the best choice for more than that.
The 3D picture quality is good, without noticeable crosstalk.
We changed our test for motion blur. The score is now only based on the response time and overshoot of the pixel transitions. We test 12 different transitions. Click the response time number to see all the data and graphs. We retested all our 2015 reviews with this new methodology. We also capture how the backlight handles different luminosity settings. We will update our motion blur article in a few days to explain how all of this works, and how it translates into practical application.
The Sony W850C has more motion blur than average. The trail length for dark to bright transitions is a lot longer than bright to dark. At least it has very good backlight control. See the Q&A section for details on how the 'Clearness' setting affects the clarity of movements via the backlight.
Set 'Motionflow' to 'True Cinema' to enable 24p playback without judder, even over 60p.
The input lag under game mode is 36.2ms, which isn't bad, but not great. The input lag with motion interpolation is really low at 50.5ms, which is definitely playable. So it is a good choice if you want your 30 fps console game look like a 120 fps game.
- 20% 1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 1080p @ 120Hz
- 20% 4k @ 30Hz @ 4:4:4
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz
- 20% 4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
To get chroma 4:4:4, set the picture mode to 'Game' or 'Graphics'.
This TV gets loud. Good frequency response at moderate levels, but at higher volumes the frequency response suffers and pumping may be present. Low-end cut off is not very good.
Very clean sound at lower volumes, but like other Sony TVs, there's a big jump in distortion level when the TV is pushed hard.
Conclusion CHECK PRICE
The Sony W850C LED TV is a good TV, but not a great one. Last year's W850B was a better gaming TV, with less motion blur and input lag. The contrast ratio and black uniformity is great, so it is a good choice for movies or TV shows.
Questions & Answers
Like most Sony TVs, the W850C has a 'Clearness' slider that can be used to control how the motion looks, without increasing the input lag (you can use it for gaming under Game mode).
The following pictures show what it looks like for each value. We also measured the backlight pattern via our photodiode probe. You can see that increasing the 'Clearness' changes the duty cycle of the 120hz PWM flickering. Clearness 5 drops the backlight frequency to 60hz, but the pulse length is increased.
Thanks for sharing your first impressions of this TV. We should have our review up for you in a couple of weeks.
My question is: I applied all the custom settings that you guys have recommended. However, we like our TV picture to "pop." Is there a special calibration setting you can recommend? I think we are not alone. If you pay $2500+ you expect "pop." I do like your settings for movies/Blu-ray. Thank you.
The PlayStation app is not currently available for Sony's Android TVs, so we can't test it for the time being.
Also, does the Googlecast in the Android TV work both ways? i.e. I know the TV can mirror your mobile device, but I haven't read anywhere that your mobile device can mirror the TV (which seems to be the case with SmartView in the JU7100).
If it's ruining your experience, you could try exchanging it and hopefully getting a better unit, or else go for a different model that is less prone to vertical banding.
Should I go for this 65", or another, or go for the smaller but higher-rated 55" 4k JU7100?
How can I minimize that without introducing the soap opera effect? Is there any negative effect if we change the MotionFlow setting?
If you use the regular MotionFlow settings to introduce the soap opera effect, you might also introduce artifacts to the image. These can do things like make the ball disappear while it is in movement.
Unfortunately, those are the only two options for clarifying movement.
Because of the amount of blur it has, the W850C isn't the best choice for a gaming TV. Instead, consider the Samsung J6200, the Vizio E-series, or the Samsung J6300.