The Sony X800G is a decent 4k TV with an IPS panel, which delivers wide viewing angles and good peak brightness. It has very good motion handling, with an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects look great, with very little blur behind them. Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS TVs, this TV doesn't look as good in a dark room, as blacks look gray in a dark viewing environment. It also has higher than average input lag, which, while fine for casual gamers, may be disappointing for serious gamers or if you're planning on using it as a PC monitor.
The Sony X800G is a decent TV for most uses. It is well-suited for a bright room, with wide viewing angles, but doesn't look as good in a dark room. It has very good motion handling, with an excellent response time, but has limited motion processing options, and can't remove judder from all sources. It has relatively low input lag, which is fine for casual gamers, but may disappoint more serious gamers.
The X800G is a mediocre TV for watching movies in a dark room. The contrast ratio is too low to produce deep blacks, and this is especially noticeable in a dark room, and blacks appear gray. This model also lacks a local dimming feature, and has disappointing black uniformity. It upscales 1080p content well though, great if most of your movies are on Blu-ray, and it can remove judder, but only from true 24p sources.
This is a great TV for watching TV shows during the day. It has wide viewing angles, good reflection handling, and good peak brightness, which is great if you like to move around with the TV on during the day. The smart platform has a huge selection of apps, and most streaming services are available. This TV also upscales older, lower resolution content really well, and TV shows on Blu-ray look great.
This is a very good TV for watching sports during the day, especially as a group. It has wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling, great for watching the big game with a group of friends. It has a fast response time, so there is minimal blur behind fast moving objects (or players), and it has decent gray uniformity.
The X800G is a good TV for playing video games, especially console games. It has a fast response time, so there is little blur behind fast-moving objects in your favorite games, and although it has low input lag in Game mode, it is higher than most TVs currently on the market. Unfortunately, this TV doesn't support any advanced gaming features, such as a variable refresh rate, and it has a 60Hz refresh rate, which may disappoint some gamers.
Unfortunately, the X800G is a mediocre TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room. The contrast ratio is very low, so blacks look gray in a dark room, and it lacks a local dimming feature to compensate for this. This isn't as noticeable in a bright room though. It can display a wide color gamut, which is great, but it can't get very bright in HDR, so bright highlights don't stand out as much as they should.
This TV is decent for HDR gaming, mainly due to the fast response time and relatively low input lag. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio, no local dimming, and disappointing black uniformity, so it isn't ideal for gaming in a dark room. It can display a wide color gamut, which is great, but has mediocre color volume, and can't get very bright in HDR.
The Sony X800G is a great TV for use as a PC monitor. It has an excellent response time, so there is little distracting blur behind moving objects, including the mouse pointer. The image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great if you are sitting close to it, as the sides of the screen remain uniform. It can display proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p, 1440p, and 4k content, and it can use nearest neighbor upscaling when sent a 1080p signal, which some people prefer. Unfortunately, it has higher than average input lag, which may disappoint some people.
The Sony X800G has a great design. It looks almost identical to last year's X750F, but with a matte black stand instead of a silver one. The stand supports the TV well, but does wobble a bit, and the legs are nearly the same width as the TV and can't be reversed. The back of the TV is plain, and there is only minimal cable management through the back of the feet. The TV has good build quality, and we didn't notice any issues or areas of concern with our unit.
The stand supports the TV well, but doesn't prevent it from wobbling. It's nearly the full width of the TV, so you'll need a wide table if you aren't planning on wall mounting it. The feet can't be reversed to save space.
Footprint of the 55" model: 39.0" x 13.2"
The Sony X800G has good build quality. The external panels are a mix of metal and plastic, and we didn't notice any issues or areas of concern. There is a slight backwards tilt on our unit; we don't know if this is a flaw with our unit, or intentional. Either way, it's very minor and not noticeable.
Update 07/11/2019: We have received information that the 75" model (XBR-75X800G) has a VA panel. It likely has much better contrast.
Like the majority of IPS TVs, the X800G has a mediocre contrast ratio. This isn't very noticeable in a bright room, but when watching in a dark room, blacks appear gray. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature to improve the contrast ratio.
The Sony XBR-55X800G does not have a local dimming feature. The above video is provided for reference only. According to Sony's website, the 43" and 49" models are edge lit.
The X800G has good peak brightness in SDR, and is brighter than the X750F, but not quite as bright as the X800E. This TV is bright enough for most rooms, but might not be bright enough to overcome direct glare from a nearby window. There is no variation in brightness with different content, which is great.
We measured the peak brightness after calibration, using the 'Custom' Picture Mode and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 1'.
If accuracy isn't as important to you, with the 'Vivid' Picture Mode, the X800G is able to reach a peak brightness of 440 cd/m², as measured with the 100% window.
Decent HDR peak brightness, but bright highlights in some scenes don't stand out as much, as they aren't as bright as they should be. Like in SDR, the X800G is slightly brighter than the X750F, but not as bright as the X800E.
We measured the peak brightness before calibration, using the 'Cinema Pro' Picture Mode and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 2'.
If accuracy isn't as important to you, with the 'Vivid' Picture Mode and Adv. Contrast Enhancer on 'High' , the X800G is able to reach a peak brightness of 470 cd/m², as measured with the 50% window.
Decent gray uniformity. There is noticeable vignetting, but the center of the screen has better uniformity. In near-dark scenes the uniformity is much better, and there are few noticeable issues.
Update 07/11/2019: We have received information that the 75" model (XBR-75X800G) has a VA panel. It likely has a worse viewing angle.
Like most IPS TVs, the X800G has very good viewing angles. At wide angles, the image loses brightness, and the image gradually looks more and more washed out. Colors gradually wash out, but remain accurate until a very wide angle. Its successor, the Sony X800H, has much better viewing angles.
Update 07/11/2019: We have received information that the 75" model (XBR-75X800G) has a VA panel. It likely has much better black uniformity.
The Sony X800G has disappointing black uniformity. There is noticeable clouding around our test cross, covering almost the entire screen. Unfortunately, there is no local dimming feature.
Very good reflection handling on the Sony XBR55X800G. Reflections are always noticeable, and are never fully diffused across the screen, but shouldn't cause too many issues.
With our pre-calibration settings, the X800G has decent accuracy. There are some noticeable errors in almost all colors, as well as brighter shades of gray. Gamma is very close to the target of 2.2, which is great.
After calibration, colors are more accurate, and the white balance is significantly improved. There are still a few inaccuracies that some people might notice, but overall accuracy is excellent. Gamma is almost perfect, and the color temperature is much closer to our target of 6500 K.
See our recommended settings here.
480p content, like DVDs, looks great, with no obvious artifacts or issues.
1080p content looks excellent, almost as good as native 4k content. Nearest-neighbor upscaling is available for 1080p content, by selecting the 'Graphics' Picture Mode
4k content is displayed perfectly, with no pixel artifacts or rendering issues.
The Sony X800G has a good color gamut, and unlike the X750F, it can display a wide color gamut, which is great for HDR content.
Mediocre color volume. It can't display deep, saturated colors due to the low contrast ratio, and like most LED TVs, it can't produce very bright blues, although this shouldn't be very noticeable.
Great gradient performance, but there is noticeable banding in all colors, especially in greens and shades of gray. Unfortunately, there is no smooth gradation feature to remove any imperfections.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes, which is great.
We don't know why the image appears red. It isn't as red in real life, and we suspect that this is an issue with the color temperature changing at low brightness levels, which is exaggerated by our over-exposed image.
We did notice a persistent flicker after displaying content with a flicker in it. This is similar to what we saw on the LG 27UK650. Although not very noticeable with most content, it might be noticeable in some rare cases.
Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.
The X800G has a great response time, but some transitions show some overshoot, which can cause inverse ghosting, which can be especially noticeable in dark scenes.
The Sony X800G has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help improve the appearance of motion, by reducing the amount of time each frame appears on screen. Like the X800E, it can only flicker at 120Hz, which causes duplications in 60Hz content, which might bother some people.
The X800G has a 60Hz panel, and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60Hz. Some artifacts are noticeable in intense scenes, but it looks smooth.
See here for the settings that control the X800G's motion interpolation feature.
Since this TV has a slightly slower response time, there is less noticeable stutter when watching 24p content, like movies.
The X800G can only remove judder from native 24p sources, and does not require any additional settings to do so. It can't remove judder from the native apps, or from 60p/i sources, like a cable box.
The Sony XBR-55X800G has a simple 60Hz refresh rate, and doesn't support any of the variable refresh rate technologies, like FreeSync or HDMI Forum VRR.
The Sony XBR55X800G has very good input lag in Game mode, good enough for slower-paced games, but it is higher than most similar TVs currently on the market, and it might disappoint more serious gamers.
The X800G supports many of the more common formats, but is limited to 60Hz. All supported resolutions display chroma 4:4:4 properly, but only on HDMI ports 2 & 3, and with the 'Game' or 'Graphics' Picture Mode. Like many other Sony TVs, these two ports are the only full bandwidth ports.
Like the X750F, when using the 'Graphics' Picture Mode the X800G uses nearest neighbor upscaling when sent a 1080p signal.
The analog audio out port can also be used as a subwoofer port.
Unlike more advanced Sony TVs, this TV does not support Dolby Vision HDR. Sony advertises this TV as HDCP 2.3 compliant, but we don't currently have a way to test for this.
Like the Sony A8G, this TV can play lossy Dolby Atmos as a Dolby Digital Plus signal from the native Apps, including Netflix.
This TV does not support eARC.
Mediocre frequency response on this TV. The Low-Frequency Extension is bad, at about 134Hz, which indicates that the bass produces no thump or rumble, and has almost no punch. The frequency response above the LFE is very good and flat, which is important for clear and intelligible dialog. This TV can get quite loud, without producing too much compression and pumping artifacts, which is great.
The distortion performance of this TV is mediocre. At lower volume levels, the total distortion is good, and not very noticeable, but at max volume the total distortion increases drastically and is much more noticeable.
Like the A8G, the X800G ships with Android 7.0, which is strange, as older Sony TVs have already been updated to Android 8.0. The 7.0 interface is well organized, but it isn't smooth, and some basic tasks take longer to do than on Android 8.0.
The Android 8.0 update has started rolling out in batches, depending on the TV's serial number. Once our unit receives the update, we will update our review.
The interface is currently ad-free, but once the Android 8.0 update rolls out we expect there to be ads, as seen on the A9G. There is a row of suggested content at the moment, but this can be completely disabled. We will update our review once the update has been installed.
Like all Android TVs, this TV has an excellent selection of apps through the Google Play Store.
The remote is the same basic Sony remote as older Sony TVs, and some 2019 models, including the A8G. This version of the remote requires direct line-of-sight to the TV, despite supporting Bluetooth connectivity, which is required for the integrated voice control feature.
Like most Sony TVs, the physical controls are very simple, but allow for basic control of the TV.
We tested the 55" X800G (XBR-55X800G), and we expect our results to be valid for the 43" (XBR-43X800G), 49" (XBR-49X800G), 65" (XBR-65X800G), and 75" (XBR-75X800G) as well.
The 43" and 49" models are advertised by Sony as edge-lit, which may affect some results.
If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony X800G doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we will update the review. Note that some tests such as the gray uniformity may vary between individual units.
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Update 07/11/2019: We have received information that the 75" model (XBR-75X800G) has a VA panel. It likely has much better contrast and better black uniformity, but a worse viewing angle.
The X800G we reviewed was manufactured in April 2019.
The Sony X800H is better than the Sony X800G. The X800H can get much brighter, the viewing angles are significantly better, and there's minimal dirty screen effect, which is distracting with fast-moving objects. The X800G handles reflections slightly better and the response time is slightly quicker, but the input lag is much lower on the X800H. Overall, the X800H is an improvement over its predecessor, the X800G.
The Samsung RU8000 and the Sony X800G use different panel types, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The Samsung delivers better dark room performance thanks to its VA panel, but the image loses accuracy at an angle. The Sony has wide viewing angles and is better suited for a wide seating arrangement. The Samsung also has a much lower input lag and is equipped with FreeSync support, which should please gamers.
The Sony X850G is better than the Sony X800G. The X850G has better gray uniformity, better reflection handling, and much lower input lag, for a more responsive gaming experience. The X850G can remove judder from all sources, and it can interpolate motion up to 120Hz.
The Sony X800G is slightly better than the X800E. These two TVs were not evaluated using the same test bench, so it's difficult to make a direct comparison, but there are a few differences. The newer X800G has better motion handling due to a faster response time, has better black uniformity, and has better reflection handling.
The Sony X950G is a much better TV than the Sony X800G. The X950G has much deeper blacks, local dimming, much higher peak brightness, better black uniformity, better motion handling, and uses a newer and smoother version of Android TV for its smart interface. On the other hand, the X800G has much wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel (in every size except 75").
The Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED is better than the Sony X800G for most uses. The Samsung's VA panel has much better dark room performance, and its color accuracy and uniformity are also a lot better. The Samsung has a higher peak brightness and lower input lag, but the Sony has a faster response time and better build quality.
The Sony X900F and X800G use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, but overall, the X900F is much better. The X800G uses an IPS panel, which delivers much wider viewing angles, but doesn't look as good in a dark room. The X900F, with its VA panel, looks better in a dark room, as blacks look black. The X900F also has a decent local dimming system, is much brighter, and has a fast response time than the X800G. The X900F can remove judder from all sources, which the X800G can't do.
The Samsung RU7100 and the Sony X800G use different panel types, each with their advantages and disadvantages. The RU7100 delivers better dark room performance thanks to its VA panel, but the image degrades at an angle. The Sony X800G has wide viewing angles and is better-suited for a wide room. The RU7100 also has much lower input lag, but can't remove judder from any source.
The Sony X800G and the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED have different panel types, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Sony X850G uses an IPS panel, has much better viewing angles, and better reflection handling, which is nice for a bright, wide room. The Samsung Q60R has a VA panel that delivers a much better dark room performance. It has lower input lag and can remove 24p judder from any source. The Q60R also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate and has low input lag with motion interpolation, which is great for gaming.
The Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is a much better TV than the Sony X800G. The Samsung has much better blacks thanks to its VA panel and local dimming feature. It can also get much brighter, especially for HDR content, has better motion handling, and has more accurate colors out-of-the-box. On the other hand, the Sony's IPS panel gives it much better viewing angles.
The Sony X800G and the Toshiba Fire TV 2019 are similar, but use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The X800G uses an IPS panel and has much better viewing angles and a faster response time. The Toshiba uses a VA panel, and has worse viewing angles but much better contrast.
The Sony X850F is better than the X800G, but the differences might not matter as much for everyone. The X850F has better reflection handling, great for bright rooms, and it can remove judder from all sources, whereas the X800G can only remove judder from true 24p sources.
The Sony X800G and LG B8 OLED use different panel technologies, each with advantages and disadvantages. The Sony has an IPS panel, and the brightness doesn't vary with content. The LG, on the other hand, can display perfect blacks in a dark room thanks to the OLED panel. The LG also has a much faster response time and delivers crisp motion, but with more stutter. The Sony is immune to the risk of burn-in that the B8 has.
The TCL 6 Series/R617 and the Sony X800G use different panel types, each with different advantages and disadvantages. The X800G is better for a bright room with wide seating, whereas the R617 is better suited for direct seating in a dark room. Beyond these differences, the R617 is a lot brighter, has lower input lag, and can remove judder from any source.
The LG UM7300 is somewhat better than the Sony X800G. The LG can handle reflections better, which is great if your room has a lot of lights. The LG also has an extremely low input lag that's great for gaming. The Sony, on the other hand, is flicker-free, which might be important to some people.
The LG SM8600 is a better TV than the Sony X800G. Both TVs use an IPS panel, which results in mediocre contrast and bad black uniformity, but improves the viewing angle over a TV with a VA panel. The LG has better reflection handling, a wider color gamut, better motion handling, and much lower input lag. On the other hand, the Sony is brighter, has more accurate colors out-of-the-box, and has better viewing angles.
The Vizio V Series 2019 and the Sony X800G are very similar overall, but use different panel types, each with their own strengths. The X800G is best suited for a bright room with wide seating, as it doesn't look as good in a dark room. The V Series 2019 has better contrast and looks much better in a dark room, but the image degrades at an angle, so it is best enjoyed from directly in front. Other than these differences due to the panel type, the X800G has better motion handling, but the Vizio V Series has lower input lag.