The Sony W950B is not a bad TV, but the contrast ratio is poor and its glossy finish reflects slightly more light than average. Gamers will at least appreciate its very low input lag, as well as its special low motion blur mode.
This TV is for gamers who wants the lowest input lag possible and plan on using its Impulse mode. If you plan on using the TV for other things, the Samsung H7150 is superior in every way, except for the viewing angle.
The Sony W950B is a beast. It is heavy and thick. From the side, it is shaped like a triangle. The bottom is a lot thicker than the top.
The stand has two configurations, the close one that we used, and a wide one where the two feet are placed on either side. You really need a wide table if you plan on using the wide configuration.
The Sony W950B LED TV has low contrast because it uses an IPS panel. Even if you have one or two lights on, you will notice the poor blacks.
Our unit suffered from a significant flashlighting issue. This was really noticeable as soon as the scene displayed was even a little bit dark.
At least the gray uniformity was excellent. The top and bottom edges were slightly darker, though.
The viewing angle is great. The colors stay saturated even off-axis.
The finish is glossy. It reflects about twice as much as the Samsung H7150, which is also glossy.
It can get very bright, but its glossy screen makes reflections an issue.
The input lag is the best that we've tested so far. Sony did a really great job with this.
Sony's smart features aren't very good. The W950B comes with a camera. Check out our review of Sony's 2014 Smart TV platform.
It comes with two remotes; one standard, and a special one. Unlike the remote of the Samsung H7150, it is only a touchpad; no motion control, pointer, or microphone.