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Reviewed on Jul 08, 2014

Sony W850B
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

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8.0
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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This tv was replaced by the Sony W850C

The Sony W850B LED TV is the best gaming TV you can buy in this price and size range. The downsides, which shouldn't really matter to gamers, are a narrow viewing angle and sub-par smart features.

Pros
  • Very low input lag. In conjunction with the almost blur-free Impulse mode, it is the best gaming TV you can buy in this size.
  • Great overall picture quality, both in dark and bright rooms.
Cons
  • Laggy smart TV interface. Also, it only comes with a standard remote, unlike other TVs in this price range.
  • Beautiful design, but it is very heavy and thick.
  • Limited viewing angle. Like most LED TVs, the colors change when you sit at an angle.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.6
Motion 9.0
Inputs 9.5
Smart Features 7.0

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Design

Design
Sony W850B Design

The W850B is really heavy - almost twice as much as the W950B. It has the same triangular shape, which is thicker at the bottom, but with a black finish instead of an anodized finish.

Stand
Sony W850B Stand

The stand is also the same as the W950B. It can be used in two positions, a close one (as pictured), and one as wide as the TV.

Borders
Sony W850B Borders

1.02" (2.6 cm)

Thickness
Sony W850B Thickness

3.15" (8 cm)

7.6

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
9.1 Contrast
Sony W850B Contrast
Black : 0.026 cd/m2
White : 111.1 cd/m2
Contrast : 4273 : 1

The contrast ratio is great, right in the same ballpark as most LED TVs. The color calibration out of the box was also very good.

7.0 Black Uniformity
Sony W850B Black Uniformity

Unfortunately, our unit had a relatively severe case of clouding. It wasn't noticeable with normal content - only in dark scenes with the lights turned off.

6.5 Gray Uniformity
Sony W850B Gray Uniformity

The gray uniformity is great and can't really get any better with LEDs.

6.7 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 26 °

At about 25°, the picture loses contrast and saturation. If you have an L shaped sofa, you will see a difference in color depending on where you sit.

9.0 Average Room
Sony W850B Average Room
Reflection : 1.7 %
Surface Type : Semi-gloss

The Sony W850B has a semi-gloss finish, which reflects more than the glossy one of the Samsung H7150, but slightly less than the semi-gloss of the H6350.

8.4 Bright Room
Sony W850B Bright Room
Max white : 305.7 cd/m2

The picture quality is also good in a bright room, as it can get very bright.

10 3D
Sony W850B 3D Picture
3D : Yes
Pixels
9.0

Motion

Score components:
9.0 Motion Blur
Sony W850B Motion Blur

When MotionFlow is turned off, the motion blur is very good. The motion blur trail is one of the shortest we have seen for an LED, although it doesn't insert black frames. Also, it features a strobed backlight mode called Impulse, which doesn't increase input lag (see picture in the Q&A section).

Motion Interpolation
Sony W850B Motion Interpolation Picture
Motion Interpolation : Yes
9.5

Inputs

Score components:
9.5 Input Lag
Sony W850B Input Lag
Input Lag : 24.3 ms

In game mode, this Sony has very low input lag. It doesn't get much better than this, and it is great for fast moving games like FPS.

Side Inputs
Sony W850B Side Inputs

2 USB
1 HDMI
1 Headphone Out

Rear Inputs
Sony W850B Rear Inputs

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

7.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
7.0 Smart TV
Sony W850B Smart TV

Sony's smart TVs interface is laggy. It takes a while to boot when first opening the TV. Forget plugging a big USB drive in it; it took us 15+ mins to load up the list of files on ours. Check out our review of Sony's 2014 Smart TV platform.

Remote
Sony W850B Remote

The remote provided is only a basic one, which is a shame for a TV in this price range. Using it for navigating smart features like the web browser is cumbersome.

Conclusion
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8.0Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
The Sony W850B LED TV is really great. If you are a gamer and are looking for a TV in 60", look no further; this Sony W850B is the one you want. For mixed usage, you can save a few hundred by going for the Samsung H6350 instead, which also has a better smart platform.

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