The Sony W800C LED TV features Google's Android TV. It has good picture quality in a dark room, and it doesn't reflect a lot of light. However, it can't get very bright, and the colors are different off-axis.
The Sony W800C has the thinnest frame that we have measured so far. The pixels start at 0.39" (1 cm). The top half of the TV is also slimmer than the bottom half.
The stand is a curved metal rod. The TV moves back and forth when you push it, but it isn't something to worry about.
This is a great TV for watching movies. The blacks are really deep, and while there are a few uniformity issues with dark screens, it's not a big problem.
There's also no judder, and this is one of 2015's only 1080p TVs that can play 3D.
The left and right edges of the screen are darker than the center, as is the top half.
The colors change when you sit at an angle. This won't be a deal breaker for most people, but it isn't ideal if you have a wide living room.
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.
Our unit had a few brighter clouding spots all around the screen on a black background.
The W800C's semi-gloss finish doesn't reflect a lot of light.
It can't get bright, so do not buy this TV if you have a lot of windows in your room.
The 3D picture has less crosstalk than last year's W800B. It doesn't come with 3D glasses though, so you will need to buy them separately.
There's not much blur, so sports viewers won't need to worry about players and objects looking streaky.
There's also not very much of the patchiness to the picture that some TVs have when displaying sports, which helps keep playing surfaces look good.
The amount of motion blur on this TV is average-good. You also have full control over the flickering of the backlight using the Motionflow feature (more details here).
The minimal blur also works out well for gaming. There shouldn't be any issues with fast-moving games looking poor.
That, coupled with the low input lag, make this a worthwhile gaming TV.
The input lag of the Sony W800C is 37.4ms under game mode. This isn't bad, and most gamers won't notice it, but it is an unfortunate step down from last year's version, which had 24.3ms of lag.
The Game and Graphic modes support chroma 4:4:4, but have an issue with certain alternating pixel patterns (see here). The TV accepted a 120 fps input, but it didn't pass the frame skipping test.
The sound is pretty accurate at lower volumes, and not too distorted. Increase the volume, though, and the distortion increases a great deal.
The TV can at least get pretty loud, which is fine for those who aren't that concerned about the accuracy. The bass isn't the best, but it's decent for a TV.
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.
The frequency response is poor at higher levels, most likely due to pumping. But it is good at lower volumes. This TV does get very loud and the bass extension is decent for a TV.
Minimal distortion at comfortable listening levels, but the distortion jumps dramatically as the TV is pushed to its limits.
This Sony has Google's Android OS. It started out a bit weak in comparison to the competition, but now offers most of the most popular apps, with more coming all the time.
The TV only comes with a basic remote.
The Sony W800C has a good contrast ratio and limited motion blur, but it doesn't really stand out from the competition, especially given that the input lag is higher than last year.