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Reviewed on May 21, 2014

Sony W600B TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
7.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This tv was replaced by the Sony W650D

The Sony W600B LED TV is a great budget gaming TV. However, it has a narrow viewing angle and it doesn't have advanced features like motion interpolation. These two issues shouldn't be a concern to gamers, though.

Pros
  • Great gaming TV. The input lag is low and when you turn on the LED Motion mode, the motion blur is limited.
  • Great picture quality for the price, both in dark and bright rooms.
Cons
  • No motion interpolation feature. If you like the soap opera effect for movies or TV shows, this isn't your TV.
  • Loss of saturation at an angle. The picture quality when viewed from the side is greatly reduced.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.0
Motion 7.5
Inputs 8.7
Smart Features 7.0

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Design

The design of the W600B is basic and similar to most other Sony TVs. The low profile stand supports the TV well and looks quite good, but the borders of the TV are a bit thick so there is some space before the picture starts.

Design

The design of the Sony W600B is simple. The depth and borders of the frame are thicker than average, but the TV is very light.

Stand

The stand has a low profile. The TV also comes with everything you need to hang it on the wall, so you won't need to buy an additional wall mount.

Borders

0.71" (1.8 cm)

Thickness

2.95" (7.5 cm)

7.0

Picture Quality

4k : No

The picture quality of the W600B is decent. The contrast ratio is fairly high so blacks are deep enough in a dark room. The uniformity is also very good, which is great. The picture quality does degrade when viewed at an angle, and the TV doesn't get very bright though.

8.7 Contrast
Black : 0.026 cd/m2
White : 91.01 cd/m2
Contrast : 3500 : 1

The contrast ratio isn't very impressive, but considering the price, we can't really complain. The blacks are still very good for an LED.

9.0 Black Uniformity

The backlight uniformity is almost perfect. Certainly one of the best that we've seen in an LED TV.

6.0 Gray Uniformity

The Sony W600B's gray uniformity is also excellent. The corners are a bit darker, but this can't be noticed when watching normal content.

5.7 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 19 °

As with most LED TVs, the colors lose saturation when viewed from the sides. If you sit directly in front of the TV, do not worry about this issue.

8.5 Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

The amount of reflections off the screen is average for a semi-glossy finish. Nothing to worry about when you have a few lights on.

7.4 Bright Room
Max white : 233.1 cd/m2

The W600B doesn't get very bright, but it should be fine if you have a few windows in your room.

0 3D
3D : No

Pixels
7.5

Motion

The motion handling of the W600B is good. The response time is fairly fast so the trail following fast moving objects isn't too long. It is possible to activate 'LED Motion Mode' which flickers the backlight to clear up moving images.

7.5 Motion Blur

The motion blur is good for an LED. It is even better when using the LED Motion mode, which doesn't increase the input lag significantly, but reduces considerably the brightness (more details and a picture in the Q&A section).

Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A

8.7

Inputs

The W600B has a low input lag, and so feel responsive for a game console or PC.

8.7 Input Lag
Input Lag : 33.9 ms

The input lag is low, so this is a great gaming TV. It isn't the lowest that we ever recorded, but it is more than low enough to not notice it.

Side Inputs

1 HDMI
2 USB
1 Headphone Out

Rear Inputs

3 HDMI
1 RF In
1 Component In
2 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out
1 Ethernet

7.0

Smart Features

The smart features of the W600B are fairly basic. They take a while to load and aren't as full-features as some other TVs.

7.0 Smart TV

Sony's software features are really slow. It takes a while to boot and to list USB files. Check out our review of Sony's 2014 Smart TV platform.

Remote
7.2 Mixed Usage

If you are a gamer looking for a 40" or 48" LED TV that doesn't break your bank, the Sony KDL40W600B or the Sony KDL48W600B is your best bet. It has low input lag and offers great picture quality for the price. For use other than gaming, you will prefer the Samsung H6350.

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