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Reviewed on Jun 26, 2014

Sony W950B
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

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7.5
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 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.

Pros
  • Extremely low input lag. You won't notice any delay, even in very fast games.
  • Great viewing angle. The colors stay the same even when viewed from the side.
Cons
  • Average amount of motion blur. However, if you don't mind a darker screen and flickering, it has a special impulse mode that reduces blur considerably, without increasing input lag.
  • Low contrast ratio. The blacks appear gray in a dark room.
  • Poor black uniformity. The flashlighting issue was really noticeable.

Test Results
Picture Quality 7.2
Motion 8.0
Inputs 10
Smart Features 8.0

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Design

Design
Sony W950B Design

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.

Stand
Sony W950B Stand

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.

Borders
Sony W950B Borders

0.71" (1.8 cm)

Thickness
Sony W950B Thickness

3.26" (8.3 cm)

7.2

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
6.3 Contrast
Sony W950B Contrast
Black : 0.111 cd/m2
White : 104.6 cd/m2
Contrast : 942 : 1

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.

6.0 Black Uniformity
Sony W950B Black Uniformity

Our unit suffered from a significant flashlighting issue. This was really noticeable as soon as the scene displayed was even a little bit dark.

6.5 Gray Uniformity
Sony W950B Gray Uniformity

At least the gray uniformity was excellent. The top and bottom edges were slightly darker, though.

7.5 Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle : 34 °

The viewing angle is great. The colors stay saturated even off-axis.

8.5 Average Room
Sony W950B Average Room
Reflection : 1.8 %
Surface Type : Glossy

The finish is glossy. It reflects about twice as much as the Samsung H7150, which is also glossy.

9.2 Bright Room
Sony W950B Bright Room
Max white : 362.1 cd/m2

It can get very bright, but its glossy screen makes reflections an issue.

10 3D
Sony W950B 3D Picture
3D : Yes
Pixels
8.0

Motion

Score components:
8.0 Motion Blur
Sony W950B Motion Blur

The motion blur is average-good. Compared to the W800B, the transition from red to cyan is shorter, but it is longer from white to red. The space between the letters of our logo is pinker. Like the W800B, it has a special mode to reduce the blur even further (more details in the Q&A section).

Motion Interpolation
Sony W950B Motion Interpolation Picture
Motion Interpolation : Yes
10

Inputs

Score components:
10 Input Lag
Sony W950B Input Lag
Input Lag : 17.8 ms

The input lag is the best that we've tested so far. Sony did a really great job with this.

Side Inputs
Sony W950B Side Inputs

3 USB
4 HDMI
1 RF In

Rear Inputs
Sony W950B Rear Inputs

1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Ethernet
1 Digital Audio Optical Out

8.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
8.0 Smart TV
Sony W950B Smart TV

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.

Remote
Sony W950B Remote

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.

Conclusion
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7.5Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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.

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