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 initially read reports of the 75 and 85 inch models having VA panels, which would result in a higher contrast. However, we were able to confirm the 75 inch model has an IPS panel, and you can see the pixels photo here. If you have the 85 inch model, let us know in the discussions.
The Sony X800H doesn't have a local dimming feature. The video above is provided for reference only.
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.
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.
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 initially read reports of the 75 and 85 inch models having VA panels, which would result in narrow viewing angles. However, we were able to confirm the 75 inch model has an IPS panel, and you can see the pixels photo here. If you have the 85 inch model, let us know in the discussions.
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.
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.
We initially read reports of the 75 and 85 inch models having VA panels. However, we were able to confirm the 75 inch model has an IPS panel, and you can see the pixels photo here. If you have the 85 inch model, let us know in the discussions.
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.