The Sony X800H, also known as the X80H or XH80, is a decent TV and a nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Sony X800G. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for large seating areas. Visibility is good in well-lit environments as it gets bright enough to overcome glare; however, its mediocre contrast ratio makes blacks look grayish, which isn't ideal for dark room viewing. Gamers should be happy with its fast response time and low input lag, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. Its Android TV interface runs pretty smoothly, and there's a large library of apps available through the Google Play Store. Also, it has a microphone built into the remote, allowing for voice control through Google Assistant.
The Sony X800H is a decent overall TV. It can get bright in SDR and displays 480p, 720p, 1080p, and 4k content well with no upscaling artifacts. The viewing angles are great if you plan on putting this TV in a wide room, but unfortunately, the contrast ratio is mediocre so blacks look gray in a dark room. With an incredibly low input lag and good response time, this TV performs best for sports or video games. HDR content doesn't look great as it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. With no risk of permanent burn-in, this TV also serves well as a computer monitor.
The Sony X800H is disappointing for watching movies. The contrast ratio isn't bad for an IPS panel TV, but blacks still look gray when viewed in the dark, and there's no local dimming feature to further darken any blacks. Additionally, the black uniformity is just decent. However, the picture quality is excellent on both 1080p and 4k content and it has a good response time, so fast-moving objects in an action movie look good.
The Sony X800H is great for watching TV shows. It can get bright and it handles reflections well enough in most average-lit rooms. 720p content, such as from a cable box, looks great, as does 1080p and 4k content. The viewing angles are very wide, so everyone in your family can sit around the TV to enjoy your favorite show. Also, the built-in speakers produce dialogue very well.
The Sony X800H is good for watching sports. It has a good response time so motion looks clear and this TV can get bright enough to combat glare in most rooms. It has good gray uniformity, which is important for watching sports, with minimal dirty screen effect that most people won't notice. Also, the viewing angles are great, so people watching the big game from the side of the TV won't lose any image accuracy.
The Sony X800H is good for gaming. It has an incredibly low input lag and good response time that most gamers should appreciate. Unfortunately, it isn't recommended for dark room gaming due to its low contrast ratio, and it doesn't support VRR to reduce screen tearing. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity, but it can cause some image duplication.
The Sony X800H is mediocre for watching movies in HDR. The contrast ratio is mediocre and the black uniformity is only decent so blacks look gray in dark rooms, and there's no local dimming feature to further darken any blacks. It displays a wide color gamut but its color volume is unremarkable, so it can't display certain shades of colors. However, it has decent HDR peak brightness, bringing out some highlights.
The Sony X800H is decent for gaming in HDR. The input lag is extremely low and it has a good response time that makes motion look fairly clear. It displays a wide color gamut, but it can't produce deep shades of colors with its mediocre color volume. It has an unremarkable contrast ratio and only decent black uniformity, so the X800H isn't suggested for HDR gaming in the dark.
The Sony X800H is great to use as a computer monitor. The input lag is remarkably low and the viewing angles are very good if you need to share your screen with people around you. It displays proper 4:4:4 chroma, which is important for reading text. Unfortunately, it doesn't handle reflections well in really bright rooms, but there's no permanent burn-in risk or temporary image retention on this TV.
The Sony X800H has a similar design to its predecessor, the Sony X800G, but the cable management isn't as good. Instead of cables running through the feet, like with previous Sony TVs, there are two hooks to attach the cables with. It's thinner than the X800G and the stand is wider, so there's more space to put a larger soundbar. The feet are made out of plastic and the stand holds the X800H well. Also, there's a large and noticeable grate across the back of the TV for heat dispersion.
Simple design in the back, which is made entirely out of plastic. There's minimal cable management with two hooks that are meant to attach the cables to the feet. This might be disappointing for some people.
The Sony X800H is relatively thin and doesn't stick out as much when wall-mounted.
The build quality is decent. The entire TV is made out of plastic. There's a lot of flex around the bezels and on the back near the inputs. There's also a fair amount of wobble.
As is the case with most IPS panel TVs, the contrast ratio is mediocre, but it's still an improvement over the Sony X800G or the higher-end Sony X850G. When watching in a dark room, blacks appear closer to gray, and unfortunately, there's no local dimming feature to improve black levels. If you're looking for a VA panel TV with an excellent contrast ratio, check out the Samsung TU8000, or the curved version, the Samsung TU8300. Note that the contrast ratio can vary between units.
Note: We confirmed the 85 inch model has a VA panel, so it's expected to have a much higher contrast ratio.
Great SDR peak brightness, which is a big improvement over the Sony X800G; it performs like the Sony X850G. The Sony X800H maintains very consistent brightness across different types of content, which is great.
We measured the peak brightness after calibration with the 'Custom' Picture Mode and the Color Temperature set to 'Expert 1.'
If you don't care as much about image accuracy and want to get the TV as bright possible, set the Picture Mode to 'Vivid,' Color Temperature to 'Expert 1,' and Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'Max'. We achieved a peak of 452 cd/m² in the 10% window with these settings.
The Sony X800H doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
Okay HDR peak brightness, though still an improvement from the Sony X800G. Small highlights flashing across the screen are somewhat less bright than other content, but overall, it keeps its brightness fairly consistent.
We measured the HDR peak brightness before calibration with the Picture Mode set to 'Cinema' and Color Temperature on 'Expert 2.'
If you don't mind losing image accuracy, you can get a brighter picture by setting the Picture Mode to 'HDR Vivid,' Color Temperature to 'Expert 2,' and the Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'Low.' We achieved a peak brightness of 549 cd/m² in the 10% window with these settings.
Good gray uniformity. The corners of the screen are a bit darker, but the center remains fairly uniform, and dirty screen effect is minimal. In near-dark scenes, the uniformity is much better. Note that gray uniformity can vary between individual units.
Okay black uniformity. There's visible clouding throughout and blooming around the center cross. This affects the way dark scenes are displayed in dark rooms. If black uniformity is important to you, take a look at the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED. Note that black uniformity can vary between units.
As is the case with most IPS panels, the Sony X800H has great viewing angles. The image remains accurate even when viewed from the side. This is a good TV for a wide room.
Note: We confirmed the 85 inch model has a VA panel, so it's expected to have much worse viewing angles.
The Sony X800H has decent reflection handling, similar to the Sony X800G. The semi-gloss finish diffuses small amounts of light well but struggles with direct light, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite bright lights.
Amazing pre-calibration color accuracy. Most colors are accurate, and the gamma curve follows the target very well, so most scenes appear at the correct brightness. The color temperature is slightly below the 6500K target, giving the image a slight reddish tint. Note that color accuracy can vary between units.
The color accuracy is better after calibration, but not by much. White balance and gamma improved slightly, but the color temperature is now on the colder side. Overall, the difference in color accuracy post-calibration isn't very noticeable.
See our recommended settings here.
480p content, like DVDs, looks great, with no obvious artifacts or issues.
4k content is displayed perfectly, with no pixel artifacts or rendering issues.
The Sony X800H has a good HDR color gamut. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but its coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 is just okay.
The EOTF follows the PQ curve well until it rolls off, but dark scenes are a bit brighter than they should be. In 'Game' mode, the EOTF is nearly the same.
If you find HDR too dim, set the Color Temperature to 'Expert 2,' Contrast to 'Max,' Gamma to 'Max,' Advanced Contrast Enhancer to 'Low,' and Picture Mode to 'Vivid.' These settings result in a much brighter image, as you can see in this EOTF.
This TV has mediocre color volume. It can't display deep colors due to its low contrast ratio, but its great brightness helps it display brighter colors. Like most LED TVs, it can't produce bright blues.
Amazing gradient handling. There's some banding in dark green and dark red, but this shouldn't be noticeable to most people.
There are no signs of temporary image retention, even immediately after displaying our high-contrast static test image for 10 minutes, which is great. Note that temporary image retention can vary between units.
Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as seen in our long-term test.
Good response time, but not as good as the Sony X800G. There's overshoot in some transitions, especially in the 0-20% transition, which may cause a few artifacts in dark scenes.
The Sony X800H has a flicker-free backlight, which is great. However, like other Sony TVs, there's a very high-frequency flicker at low backlight settings, which shouldn't be noticeable.
This TV has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, but it's a bit disappointing. It can only flicker at 120Hz, which creates some slight duplication since the TV's refresh rate is 60Hz. The BFI feature seems to make the screen dimmer instead of making motion appear more smooth.
The Sony X800H has a 60Hz panel and can interpolate lower frame rate content up to 60Hz. Content with fast-moving objects looks good.
See here for the settings that control the motion interpolation feature.
Since the Sony X800H has a fairly quick response time, there's some noticeable stutter when watching 24p content. This is especially visible with slow panning shots.
The Sony X800H has a refresh rate of 60Hz and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology. If you want a TV with a 120Hz refresh rate and VRR support, check out the Samsung RU9000.
Update 06/10/2020: After updating the Sony X800H to the latest firmware, we were able to confirm a bug that other people have mentioned to us. If you turn the TV off while in game mode, when you turn it back on, the TV appears to still be in game mode, but it isn't. To get low input lag after turning the TV off and on, you have to switch to a different picture mode, and then switch back.
The input lag is remarkably low and should provide a responsive gaming and desktop experience. To get the lowest input lag, enable 'Game' mode.
The Sony X800H supports most common resolutions at 60Hz, except for native 1440p. On 'Game' and 'Graphics' modes, it properly displays 4:4:4 chroma, which is important if you're going to use this TV as a computer monitor or read any fine text on it. Additionally, all four HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, which is an increase from the two inputs that supported HDMI 2.0 on the Sony X800G. For signals that require the full bandwidth of HDMI 2.0, set HDMI Signal Format to 'Enhanced Format' for the input in use.
It has two USB slots, but one is USB 3.0 and the other is USB 2.0.
Okay frequency response. The low-frequency extension (LFE) doesn't get as low as it should, so the bass only has a bit of a punch, and no thump or rumble. Above the LFE it has a more balanced sound profile, which is important for dialogue. This TV can get very loud but there's still some pumping artifacts.
Poor distortion performance. At lower levels, there's less distortion, but it's very noticeable at higher levels.
Like the Sony X850G, the interface is easy to use and has very smooth navigation. We didn't experience any bugs.
Unfortunately, there are ads on this TV, which can't be disabled.
The Android TV interface has a massive selection of apps through the Google Play Store. The built-in apps cover the most common streaming services and work great.
The Sony X800H has an upgraded remote from the Sony X800G, which is the same as the Sony X850G. It has a Google Assistant feature with voice control that does most common demands, but the voice control only works when the remote is paired to the TV via Bluetooth. On the upside, with Bluetooth, you don't need a direct line of sight to control the TV.
There's a single button underneath the center logo. Pressing it brings up the on-screen menu, where you can control power, volume, inputs, channel, or reset the TV.
We tested the XBR55X800H, and we expect our results to be valid for the other sizes, except for the 85 inch model, which uses a different panel. The 43" and 49" models are edge-lit, which may affect some results, such as contrast and uniformity. The X800H is also known as the X80H or the XH80 depending on the region. At Costco, it's sold as the X81CH, and it's available in the larger sizes.
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If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Sony X800H 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.
Note: We were able to confirm the 85 inch model has a VA panel, and you can see the pixels photo here. We thought the 75 inch model also had a VA panel, but we confirmed it uses an IPS, as you can see in this photo.
Our unit of the Sony X800H was manufactured in January 2020; you can see the label here.
The Sony X800H performs very well as a budget TV. The IPS panel has a better contrast ratio and black uniformity than most IPS TVs, so it's better suited for dark room viewing than some of its competitors. Although the X800H is supposed to be a direct replacement to the Sony X800G, it performs similarly to the higher-end X850G, which is great.
The Sony X900H is significantly better than the Sony X800H. The X900H has a much higher contrast ratio due to its VA panel, it has local dimming, and it gets brighter overall. Response time is faster on the X900H; however, the X800H has lower input lag and its IPS panel has wider viewing angles.
The Sony X80J replaces the 2020 Sony X800H. Both use IPS panels with wide viewing angles and low contrast ratios. They perform similarly overall, although the X800H has a bit more to recommend it. It gets brighter in both SDR and HDR, and its viewing angles, which are the main benefit of IPS panels, are even wider than the X80J's.
The Samsung Q60T QLED is slightly better than the Sony X800H, but most of their differences are because they use different panels. The VA panel on the Samsung has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity, so it performs a lot better in dark rooms. On the other hand, the IPS panel on the Sony gives it great viewing angles, so it's better suited for wide seating arrangements, and the slightly better peak brightness and reflection handling means it's better suited at overcoming glare in bright rooms.
The Sony X800H is a marginally better TV than the Samsung TU8000. The differences come down to their panels, as the Sony has an IPS panel, so it has much better viewing angles. It also supports a wide color gamut and the out-of-box color accuracy is much better, plus it can get significantly brighter. On the other hand, the VA panel on the Samsung delivers a much better dark room performance with an excellent contrast ratio and incredible black uniformity.
The Sony X800H is marginally better than the Sony X750H. The X800H gets much brighter in both SDR and HDR, it has wider viewing angles due to its IPS panel, and faster response time. The X800H also has better color accuracy out of the box. On the other hand, the X750H has a VA panel with a much higher contrast ratio, making it a better choice for dark rooms.
The Sony X800H and the Samsung Q70/Q70T QLED are both decent TVs but use different panel types. The VA panel on the Samsung has a much better contrast ratio to display deeper blacks. It has an HDMI 2.1 input, so it supports 4k @ 120Hz content, and it also has VRR support. On the other hand, the IPS panel on the Sony has much wider viewing angles, and despite having a 60Hz panel, it has a quicker response time for smoother motion.
The Sony X950H is higher up in the lineup than the Sony X800H, so it performs better, but they also have different panel types. The X950H has a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio and a full-array local dimming feature, so it displays deep blacks. It also gets much brighter, delivering a better HDR experience. However, the X800H has an IPS panel, so it has much wider viewing angles.
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 Sony X800H performs better for most uses than the Samsung TU7000, but they use different panel types with different advantages and disadvantages. The Sony has significantly better viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, it gets brighter, and it has a faster response time. However, the Samsung's VA panel has a better contrast ratio, resulting in deeper blacks, so it's better suited for watching movies in the dark.
Overall, the Sony X800H is better than the LG UN7300. The X800H can get significantly brighter, it has better viewing angles, and its response time is faster. Furthermore, the X800H has much better color accuracy out of the box, and it has a flicker-free backlight. However, the UN7300's reflection handling is much better and its slower response time results in less stutter in low frame rate content.
Although the 2019 Sony X850G is supposed to be a higher-end model over the 2020 Sony X800H, the X850G is only slightly better. Both have IPS panels and the X800H has much better viewing angles, black uniformity, and contrast ratio, although the X850G has better gray uniformity, quicker response time, and a more effective black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Both can get equally as bright, but the X850G handles reflections much better, so it's better suited for a bright room. For a cheaper price, the X800H compares well to a more expensive X850G.
The Sony X900F is a better TV for most uses than the Sony X800H, especially when it comes to HDR content. The X900F has much better contrast and black uniformity thanks to its VA panel, while the IPS panel on the X800H gives it much wider viewing angles. The X900F also has full-array local dimming, and high peak brightness, especially with HDR. On the other hand, the X800H has much lower input lag, but only uses a 60Hz panel, while the X900F is 120Hz.
The Sony X800H and the Samsung AU8000 are two decent TVs with different panel types. The Sony uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, while the Samsung has a VA panel with higher contrast. The Sony gets brighter, making it a better choice to use in well-lit rooms, and even though it displays a wide color gamut, which the Samsung doesn't, the Sony isn't a better choice for HDR content because of its lower contrast. The Sony also has a quicker response time, so motion looks smoother.
The LG NANO85 is a bit better than the Sony X800H. Both have IPS panels, so they both have low native contrast and wide viewing angles. The Sony gets brighter, has better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and lower input lag. Meanwhile, the LG has much better reflection handling, can remove judder from any source, and has a higher refresh rate.
The Samsung TU8300 and the Sony X800H perform very similarly, but the Samsung features a curved screen. Other than that, the Samsung also has significantly better contrast, and much better black uniformity, thanks to its VA panel. On the other hand, the IPS panel on the Sony offers much better viewing angles, and the TV can get much brighter as well. The Sony also has much more accurate colors out-of-the-box and has a wider color gamut and better overall motion handling.
The Sony X800H is slightly better overall than the LG NANO81. The Sony gets much brighter, it has wider viewing angles, much better out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it has better built-in speakers. However, lower-frame rate content stutters less on the NANO81 and it removes judder from native 24p sources.
The Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED is a better TV than the Sony X800H for most uses. Since the Q60R uses a VA panel, it's better for movies as it has a much better contrast ratio and better black uniformity. It also has better motion handling and an easier-to-use smart system. On the other hand, the Sony uses an IPS panel which gives it much better viewing angles, which can be good if you watch a lot of sports with large groups, especially since its better gray uniformity will result in less dirty screen effect during fast movement. It's also slightly brighter, making it better in bright rooms or if you watch a lot of HDR content.
The Sony X950G is a much better TV than the Sony X800H. The X950G has a better picture quality thanks to its much better contrast, local dimming feature, significantly brighter screen, better black uniformity, more accurate colors, and better reflection handling. Its motion handling is also much better, making it a better choice for sports. On the other hand, the X800H has lower input lag, which may make it a better choice for video games. It also has much better built-in speakers, and significantly wider viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel.
The Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is much better than the Sony X800H. The VA panel on the Samsung has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity and includes a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. The Q70R also has a higher refresh rate and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing in games. However, the IPS panel on the Sony has much better viewing angles, the gray uniformity is significantly better, and it has a lower input lag.
The Sony X800H is a bit better TV than the Samsung RU7100. Thanks to its IPS panel, it has much wider viewing angles, so it's better suited for a wide seating arrangement. The Sony also has much better peak brightness and somewhat better reflection handling to combat glare in bright rooms. On the other hand, the VA panel on the RU7100 has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity, producing deep blacks, so this TV performs better in dark rooms. Choosing one over the other comes down to how you're going to use it.
For a budget TV, the LG SM8600 performs slightly better than the Sony X800H. Motion looks a lot clearer on the LG thanks to its better response time and black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Its native refresh rate is higher at 120Hz and it's also able to remove judder from lower frame rate sources, such as native apps. The Sony has significantly better viewing angles, black uniformity, and it can get much brighter with both SDR and HDR content.
The LG GX OLED is much better than the Sony X800H, but they use different panel types. The LG has an OLED panel with an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It's better for gaming thanks to its VRR and HDMI 2.1 support, and its near-instant response time. However, the Sony uses an LED panel that's immune to permanent burn-in, and it gets brighter than the LG.