The Sony W600D Series 720p LED TV has poor picture quality. Even if it doesn't have the sharpest picture, sports looks decent and it is okay to play video games. For movies though, it isn't good. The picture leaves to be desired, especially when watched in a dark room. To its merit though, the picture stays good when watched from the side.
The Sony KDL32W600D doesn't boast a fancy design like the higher end Sony models. The TV has somewhat large borders and its black frame and stand are bulky. This is not to say it looks particularly bad though, it just won't turn heads.
Being small and efficient, the W600D does not produce much heat at all.
Watching movies on the Sony KDL-32W600D is bad, particularly in a room with no lights. Dark scenes look washed-out, judder is omnipresent and colors might seems off depending on the scenes. From up-close, the picture is a little soft with some loss in the finer details. HDR is not an option.
The blacks on the Sony W600D appear grayish. As such, our contrast measurement is low.
There is no local dimming feature on this TV.
Low peak brightness values that remain constant for all window sizes. The Sony W600D isn't able to make very bright highlights.
This TV does not support HDR.
The corners of the screen are particularly dark but at least there is no obvious banding problems.
When viewed from the side, the picture quality stays relatively good compared to most LED TVs. This is good for a wide living room.
Bad uniformity on a totally black screen. Lots of clouding and big flashlighting at the bottom left of our unit.
The Sony W600D has an 8 bit panel and processing as can be noticed in our gradient test pattern. The anomalies won't be such an issue in regular content except for some banding that can be seen in some scenes.
Very high white balance dE with a lack of blue. Colors had it shares of problems too.
The above post-calibration pictures are the same as the pre-calibration ones since there is no adjustment settings available.
Update: After the review was done, we were made aware of the white balance setting in the service menu. To access this menu, while the TV is off, press on the remote in this order: 'Display', '5', 'Volume +' and power on.
The range of colors the Sony KDL32W600D can display is only good enough for Rec. 709 content.
No retention at all could be notice after the 10 minutes burn-in scene on the Sony W600D IPS TV. This is a very good result for IPS a TV, since it is IPS TVs that tend to be more susceptible to image retention.
The Sony W600D can have some harsh reflections on its screen. As long as it isn't in a very bright room, it should be fine.
Watching sports is good on the Sony KDL32W600D. There is not much blur added when things are moving fast on the screen such as when players are running or skating. Unfortunately, some screen uniformity issues arise when cameras pan over playing surfaces of uniform colors.
Good response time measurement meaning there is not much blur added on fast action scenes or play.
Even 24p sources have little judder. In fact, judder is present on all sources.
There is no motion interpolation option on the Sony W600D.
Playing video games feels good on the Sony W600D in the way that the TV is really responsive to controller inputs which is good for fast reflexes games. Unfortunately, most PC resolutions aren't supported which doesn't help if one want to use the TV as a PC monitor.
Nice input lag result. The W600D is well suited for fast action games. No matter the picture mode or 'Scene Select' settings, input lag is always this low.
The native resolution of the Sony W600D is 1360 x 768 and as such, the above resolutions aren't supported. To get as sharp as possible when using that TV as a PC monitor, 1360 x 768 has to be used. Even then, this TV isn't well suited to use as a PC monitor.
There isn't much distortion in the sound but bass is really lacking. Nothing too impressive, but there are worse sounding TVs than the Sony W600D. For a small TV like this that won't probably be complemented by an external sound solution, most won't complain. For those who care more about sound, a sound bar is a good idea.
Note: Sound Quality test for TVs reviewed before 2017 was performed at 75dB, 85dB, and Max SPL. Starting 2017, the target SPL levels have been changed to 70dB, 80dB, and Max dB SPL.
Average frequency response and maximum loudness. The low-end cutoff of 179Hz however, is quite poor, even for a TV. Also, at higher volumes, there will be noticeable compression and pumping artifact present.
Decent distortion performance. The interesting note here is that distortion at 75 is being reported as higher than 85 and Max results. This could be due to the 75dB test being influenced by outside noise. Also, since our scoring system gives more weight to higher frequencies to make it more perceptually relevant, and the W600D doesn't produce a lot of bass, the distortion at 75dB is being reported as higher.
Very limited smart features available on the Sony W600D. It is on the verge of being considered a smart TV but those who doesn't ask more than Netflix will be satisfied. For better smart features, an external device like the Roku would be recommended.
The Sony KDL32W600D is available in one size only, 32".
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony W600D doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review.
The Sony W600D is a good TV for watching sports or playing video games but is not ideal when it comes to watching movies. More versatile, and sometime cheaper options are available on the market.
The Vizio E 2015 is a better TV for watching movies and able to display a higher resolution which make it look better for most content. It also have better smart features and cost less. Between the two, the Vizio E is a better buy although it loses more of its picture quality when viewed from the side.
The Samsung J6300 has better resolution and picture quality for more varied content including movie. It has a greater value than the Sony W600D but again, loses more of its picture quality when viewed from the side. Still, don't hesitate to buy the Samsung J6300 over the Sony.