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Sony X85K TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.11
Review updated Oct 06, 2023 at 12:45 pm
Latest change: Retest May 02, 2024 at 12:47 pm
Sony X85K Picture
7.7
Mixed Usage
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7.3
TV Shows
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7.6
Sports
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8.3
Video Games
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7.6
HDR Movies
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8.2
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8.3
PC Monitor
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The Sony X85K is a mid-range 4k LED TV released in 2022, sitting between the Sony X80K/X80CK and the Sony X90K/X90CK. It's largely unchanged from its predecessor, the Sony X85J, as it uses the same 4k HDR Processor X1 and has many of the same features. It's powered by the Google TV interface, which has a ton of apps available to download and gives you access to Google Assistant. It has a limited feature set compared to the higher-end models, as it lacks a local dimming feature and doesn't have an S-Center speaker input to enhance your sound setup. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches.

Our Verdict

7.7 Mixed Usage

The Sony X85K is good overall. It's a good choice for watching movies in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks and has impressive black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. HDR looks good thanks to its decent peak brightness in HDR and wide color gamut. It gets bright enough to fight glare from a few lights around and has good reflection handling, so it's a good choice for watching shows or sports in a bright room. Lastly, it's good for gaming as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support for console gamers.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.3 TV Shows

The Sony X85K is decent for watching TV shows in a bright room. It gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, so it's a good choice for a bright living room. You can also easily stream your favorite content thanks to the Google TV platform, and it upscales lower-resolution or low-quality streaming content well. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, and the image looks washed out from the sides, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
7.6 Sports

The Sony X85K is good for watching sports. It's a great choice for watching games in well-lit rooms as it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling. It's easy to see exactly what's going on thanks to its quick response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects like the players. Unfortunately, it isn't ideal for watching the big game with a group of friends as it has a narrow viewing angle, and the image looks washed out from the sides.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • No issues upscaling lower-resolution content.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
8.3 Video Games

The Sony X85K Series is great for gaming. It has advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support that make it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5. It also has a quick response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It looks great while gaming in dark rooms as it has a high native contrast ratio with deep blacks and minimal blooming, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. It's also good for gaming during the day thanks to its high peak brightness and good reflection handling.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag.
  • HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC support.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • No FreeSync support.
7.6 HDR Movies

The Sony X85K is good for watching movies in a completely dark room. Although it lacks a local dimming feature to improve its dynamic range, blacks are deep and uniform thanks to its high native contrast ratio. HDR looks good thanks to its decent peak brightness, but again, due to the lack of a local dimming feature, bright specular highlights don't stand out that well. It has a wide color gamut, and HDR content looks bright and vivid overall.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Bright enough in HDR to make some highlights pop.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Tone mapping is off with brighter colors.
8.2 HDR Gaming

The Sony X85K is good for HDR gaming. You can play high-frame-rate games in HDR thanks to the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It has low input lag and a quick response time for a smooth gaming feel. HDR content looks good as it has a high native contrast ratio and displays a wide range of colors, but it lacks a local dimming feature, so bright areas of the screen don't stand out as well as possible.

Pros
  • Amazing native contrast ratio.
  • Quick response time for smooth motion.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • Low input lag.
  • HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC support.
  • Bright enough in HDR to make some highlights pop.
Cons
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • No FreeSync support.
  • Tone mapping is off with brighter colors.
  • Dolby Vision limited to 4k @ 60Hz.
8.3 PC Monitor

The Sony X85K is great to use as a PC monitor. It displays chroma 4:4:4 or RGB signals properly, which is essential for clear text from a PC. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop feel, and it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling if you have a few lights around. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, and the image looks washed out at the sides if you sit too close to the screen.

Pros
  • Great SDR peak brightness.
  • Good reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
  • Displays proper chroma 4:4:4 at 60Hz.
Cons
  • Narrow viewing angle.
  • Text isn't displayed properly at 4k @ 120Hz.
  • 7.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 TV Shows
  • 7.6 Sports
  • 8.3 Video Games
  • 7.6 HDR Movies
  • 8.2 HDR Gaming
  • 8.3 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 02, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  3. Updated Dec 05, 2023: Verified the TV's 1440p resolution support with firmware PKG6.7480.0852NAA; the TV doesn't support 1440p anymore, as it upscales to 4k instead. We changed the 1440p results in the Variable Refresh Rate and Input Lag tests to 'N/A', and the Supported Resolutions 1440p @ 60Hz result from 'Yes (forced resolution required)' to 'No'.
  4. Updated Dec 05, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  5. Updated Oct 12, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  6. Updated Oct 06, 2023: We refreshed the text throughout to correct for out latest methodology changes and for consistency with our most recent TV reviews.
  7. Updated Aug 21, 2023: Mentioned the newly reviewed Samsung Q70C QLED in the Supported Resolutions section of this review.
  8. Updated Aug 09, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  9. Updated Jul 10, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.11. With this update, we've added a new Upscaling: Sharpness Processing test and revamped our Blooming test so the scores and picture better match the real world experience. With this change, it was necessary to remove the Black Crush test. Finally, we've updated our usage scores to better align our scores with user expectations.
  10. Updated Jun 07, 2023: We uploaded the latest brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  11. Updated Apr 03, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for four months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  12. Updated Mar 10, 2023: We retested the TV and confirmed that 4k @ 120Hz 4:4:4 isn't supported properly. We've updated the Supported Resolutions section with the correct information.
  13. Updated Mar 09, 2023: Converted to Test Bench 1.10. With this update we've revamped our Gradient testing, added a new test for Low Quality Content Smoothing, and expanded our Audio Passthrough testing.
  14. Updated Feb 15, 2023: Updated to Test Bench 1.9, modifying our Contrast testing and splitting our local dimming testing into multiple sections covering Blooming, Black Crush, and Lighting Zone Transitions. You can see our full changelog here.
  15. Updated Feb 06, 2023: We uploaded the brightness measurements and uniformity photos after running the TV for two months in our Accelerated Longevity Test.
  16. Updated Nov 17, 2022: We uploaded the initial brightness measurements and uniformity photos for the Accelerated Longevity Test.
  17. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Updated the text in the Color Volume section for accuracy.
  18. Updated Sep 02, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.8, adding a new box for PQ EOTF tracking and updating our Color Volume and Color Gamut tests to better reflect real world usage. You can see our full changelog here.
  19. Updated Aug 24, 2022: Updated to Test Bench 1.7 with an updated HDR Brightness test that better reflects real world usage. We've also split the console compatibility boxes into separate PS5 Compatibility and Xbox Series X|S Compatibility tests. You can see our full changelog here.
  20. Updated Jul 12, 2022: Review published.
  21. Updated Jul 07, 2022: Early access published.
  22. Updated Jun 27, 2022: Our testers have started testing this product.
  23. Updated Jun 21, 2022: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  24. Updated May 30, 2022: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the 65-inch Sony X85K, and the results are also valid for all the sizes listed below. The only differences are that the 43 and 50-inch models have a slightly different design compared to the larger sizes, with feet that are set closer to each other. The European X85K is equivalent to the North American version, and there's also an X89K model in Europe that performs the same but has a mic built into the TV. The 55-inch and larger European variants also have an alternate stand position where you can put the feet closer together for smaller tables.

Size Model Number
43" KD-43X85K
 50" KD-50X85K
55" KD-55X85K
65" KD-65X85K
75" KD-75X85K
85" KD-85X85K

Our unit was manufactured in April 2022; you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Sony X85K is a good overall TV with advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate support without a premium price tag. However, if you don't care about gaming, other TVs are cheaper and perform similarly. It's basically identical to the Sony X85J, so while you can still find the X85J for cheaper, it's better to go for that until the price of the X85K drops.

Also, see our recommendations for the best PS5 TVs, the best gaming TVs, and the best small TVs.

Sony X80K/X80CK
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X80K/X80CK, and it's better for most uses. If you're a gamer and tend to watch content in dark rooms, the X85K is the better choice as it has a higher native contrast ratio and more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. The X85K is also better for well-lit rooms as it gets brighter. However, the only advantage the X80K has is that it has a wider viewing angle, meaning the image remains consistent from the sides.

Sony X90L/X90CL
55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

The Sony X90L/X90CL is better than the Sony X85K. The X90L has much better contrast due to its local dimming feature, so blacks are deeper when viewed in a dark room. The X90L is also brighter, so highlights pop more in HDR, and this TV overcomes more glare in a bright room when watching SDR content. Low-resolution and low-quality content look better on the X90L due to its better processing, and its wider color gamut and better color volume deliver more vibrant and lifelike colors.

Sony X77L/X77CL
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Sony X77L/X77CL. The X85K has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for up to 4k @ 120Hz and supports VRR, so it's a much better option to pair with modern gaming consoles. The X85K has better contrast for deeper blacks and a faster response time for less blur behind quick motion. The X85K is also a brighter TV, so it can handle more glare in a bright room with SDR content, and highlights pop more in HDR content. Finally, the X85K supports a wide color gamut and has better color volume for more vibrant and lifelike colors.

TCL Q7/Q750G QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The TCL Q7/Q750G is better than the Sony X85K. The TCL has much better contrast due to its local dimming feature, so blacks are much deeper on it, and they stay that way when bright highlights are on screen. The Q7 is also the brighter TV, so it overcomes more glare in a bright room when watching SDR content, and highlights stand out more in HDR content. Regarding PC gaming, the Q7 supports up to 4k @ 144Hz, so it's the better option for PC gamers with high-end graphics cards.

Samsung Q70C [Q70, Q70CD] QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung Q70C QLED. The Sony is better than the Samsung TV in every category, except in its low-quality content smoothing capabilities, which are sub-par on the X85K. The Samsung is also better than the Sony if you want to use your TV as a PC monitor, as the Sony can't output chroma 4:4:4 properly with 4k @ 120Hz signals, although 4:4:4 works well with 4k @ 60Hz signals. The Sony also doesn't support 1440p. Otherwise, it's better than the Samsung model in every other category and supports Dolby Vision HDR and ATSC 3.0, so it can stream over-the-air 4k channels.

Sony X90K/X90CK
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X90K/X90CK is a higher-end TV than the Sony X85K and is better overall. The X90K has a local dimming feature, which the X85K doesn't have, resulting in better overall picture quality because it displays deeper blacks and gets brighter, so highlights pop more in HDR. The X90K also uses a different processor with a few more features, like the S-Center speaker input, so if you want the best features and performance, the X90K is the better choice.

Samsung Q60C [Q60, Q60CD] QLED
32" 43" 50" 55" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is significantly better than the Samsung Q60C QLED. The Sony gets a lot brighter in both SDR and HDR, so it can better overcome glare in a bright room, and HDR content is more impactful. The Sony also has much better motion handling, with significantly less blur behind fast-moving objects, so it's a better choice for sports, gaming, or for use as a PC monitor.

Sony X85J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is the newer version of the Sony X85J, and the differences between them are minor. Picture quality is nearly the same between each, and they use the same processor, so they have many of the same features. The X85K improves on some of its gaming features as it has a wider 1080p VRR range, but other than that, the differences between them are minor.

Sony X90J
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X90J is a higher-end TV than the Sony X85K, so it performs better and has more features. The main difference is that the X90J has a local dimming feature, which the X85K doesn't have, so it can improve the picture quality in dark scenes while also making smaller highlights stand out. It helps the X90J have better overall picture quality. The X90J also has a different processor with a few more features, but other than that, the TVs are similar.

Samsung CU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is much better than the Samsung CU8000. While neither TV has local dimming, the Sony has a better native contrast ratio, with superior black uniformity, so it looks much better in dark rooms than the Samsung. The Sony is also brighter in HDR and SDR, with better reflection handling than the Samsung, so it looks better in bright rooms. The Sony is better for gamers due to its 4k @ 120Hz capabilities, with VRR, alongside a much faster response time. Surprisingly, the Samsung TV has better low-quality content smoothing than the Sony, so content from streaming apps looks better on the Samsung.

Samsung Q80B [Q80, Q80BD] QLED
50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q80B QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with different uses. The Sony is better in dark rooms as it has improved contrast and better black uniformity. Even if the Samsung TV has a local dimming feature that the Sony model doesn't have, the Sony still looks better in dark rooms. However, the Samsung is the better choice if you have a well-lit room as it gets brighter and has a wider viewing angle if you want to use it in a wide seating arrangement.

Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED
55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung Q70/Q70A QLED and the Sony X85K are both good TVs with similar features. There isn't much difference between them, so choosing one over the other comes down to personal preference. The Q70A gets a bit brighter and has better contrast, so the overall picture quality is slightly brighter, but it isn't a significant difference. If you watch content in Dolby Vision, the Sony TV supports it, which the Samsung model doesn't.

Samsung Q60B [Q60, Q60BD] QLED
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung Q60B QLED. If you're a gamer, you'll enjoy the Sony TV's features, like the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support, which the Samsung TV doesn't have. The Sony is also a better choice if you want to use it in a well-lit room as it gets slightly brighter and has better reflection handling.

Hisense U7H [U7, U75H]
55" 65" 75" 85"

For the most part, the Hisense U7H and the Sony X85K deliver similar picture quality, but they each have different strengths. The Hisense delivers a slightly better HDR experience, as it has a full array local dimming feature that helps bring out bright highlights in HDR, while on the Sony, the entire scene will always be displayed at the same brightness level. On the other hand, the Sony TV has better picture and motion processing, so upscaled content looks a bit better, and there are fewer artifacts in gradients.

Hisense U8G
55" 65"

The Hisense U8G is better overall than the Sony X85K. The main difference is that the Hisense has a local dimming feature, which the Sony TV doesn't have, allowing it to deliver better picture quality in dark scenes. The Hisense also gets brighter for a better HDR experience and has much better reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

LG QNED80 2022
50" 55" 65" 75" 86"

The Sony X85K is better than the LG QNED80 2022. The Sony is much better for watching movies in HDR or SDR because it displays much deeper blacks. It also gets brighter in HDR, allowing colors to look vibrant and highlights to stand out. While both TVs support modern gaming features like VRR and 4k @ 120Hz, the LG has lower input lag for a more responsive feel, so it's the better overall choice for gaming.

Samsung CU7000/CU7000D
43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung CU7000/CU7000D. It gets much brighter in HDR, has a much wider color gamut, and better color volume, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the CU7000. It also has much higher SDR peak brightness, so it overcomes glare better in a bright room. The Sony is much better for gaming thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz support.

Sony X80J
43" 50" 55" 65" 75"

The Sony X85K is a higher-end TV than the Sony X80J, so it has better performance and features. They use different panel types, so the X85K has a much better contrast for better dark room performance, and it also has more gaming features like a 120Hz panel, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and VRR support. Overall, if you want better performance, the X85K is a big improvement over the X80J.

Samsung AU8000
43" 50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Sony X85K is better than the Samsung AU8000. The Sony is much better for gaming due to its quicker response time for less blur with fast moving objects, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, VRR support, and 4k @ 120Hz support. HDR content looks significantly better on the Sony thanks to its wider color gamut, better color volume, and higher HDR peak brightness, so colors are more vibrant and lifelike, and highlights pop a lot more than on the AU8000. Finally, the Sony gets a lot brighter in SDR, so its also the better choice for a bright room as it overcomes glare better than the AU8000.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Sony X85K Series has a simplistic design that's not very premium, but it doesn't look cheap either. The bezels have a textured plastic finish, while the back is matte plastic.

Design
Accelerated Longevity Test
Uniformity Pictures

The brightness of this TV has varied considerably since the start of our long-term test. It's unclear why, and there's no apparent pattern to the brightness changes. It's not always decreasing, either, so this isn't a sign of the backlight failing.

Design
Stand

The wide-set plastic feet support the TV well, and there's minimal wobble for a 65-inch model. The feet raise the bottom of the screen about 3.3 inches off the table, so placing a soundbar in front likely won't block it unless you have a large soundbar.

Footprint of the 65-inch TV: 48.1" x 13.2".

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x300

The Sony X85K has a plastic back with a checkerboard pattern typical of Sony TVs. The inputs are side-facing and set into the TV, so they're difficult to reach with the TV wall-mounted. It has basic cable management with hooks on the feet to guide the cables to the inputs.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.39" (1.0 cm)

The bezels are slightly larger than on other mid-range and premium TVs, but they aren't distracting.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 2.80" (7.1 cm)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Sony X85K has good build quality. It's well put together with stable feet and good-quality plastic. There's a bit of flex on the back panel, but it isn't something to be concerned about. However, there's one issue with our unit as there are a couple of spots near the center of the screen. We couldn't clean them off, and they seem to be dirt or smudges that are caught between the panel and some layers beneath it. It's more of a quality control issue, and we don't expect it to be a widespread problem, but let us know if you experience the same thing.

Picture Quality
6.8
Picture Quality
Contrast
Contrast
7,458 : 1
Native Contrast
7,458 : 1

The Sony X85K has a great native contrast ratio, so blacks are deep and uniform in dark scenes. It lacks a local dimming feature, though, so bright highlights increase the brightness of the entire screen, including dark areas, so blacks look more washed out.

10
Picture Quality
Blooming

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so there's no blooming around bright objects or subtitles in dark scenes.

10
Picture Quality
Lighting Zone Transitions
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Direct
Dimming Zones Count Of Tested TV
N/A

This TV doesn't have a local dimming feature, so it can't adjust the backlight of individual zones to brighten up highlights without impacting the rest of the image. But this means that there's no distracting flicker or brightness changes as bright highlights move between zones.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast And Dark Details In Game Mode

Switching to Game Mode makes no noticeable difference in dark scene performance, as shadows still look washed out.

7.2
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
405 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
339 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
211 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
539 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
538 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
538 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
537 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
536 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
538 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
538 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
537 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
537 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
536 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Sony X85 gets decently bright in HDR. It delivers a satisfying HDR experience, but without a local dimming feature, bright specular highlights don't pop against the rest of the screen.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2

7.3
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Hallway Lights (~1950 cd/m²)
413 cd/m²
Yellow Skyscraper (~700 cd/m²)
373 cd/m²
Landscape Pool (~300 cd/m²)
220 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
551 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
550 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
549 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
550 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
550 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
549 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
549 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The HDR brightness in Game Mode looks nearly identical to outside of Game Mode.

These measurements are after calibrating the HDR white point with the following settings:

  • HDR Picture Mode: Game
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 2

8.9
Picture Quality
PQ EOTF Tracking
600 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0071
1000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0071
4000 Nit Tracking Delta
0.0071

The EOTF follows the target curve incredibly well, meaning that most content is displayed at the correct brightness level in HDR. Shadow details are raised, as the lack of a local dimming feature prevents the TV from displaying near black perfectly. Midtones are slightly brighter, but it's not a noticeable difference, and there's a fine roll-off near the TV's peak brightness, ensuring that fine details in bright scenes are preserved.

8.3
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
489 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
514 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
513 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
514 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
513 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.000

The Sony X85K has great SDR peak brightness. It easily gets bright enough to fight glare, and the brightness remains consistent across different scenes.

These measurements are after calibration, with the following settings:

  • Picture Mode: Custom
  • Brightness: Max
  • Contrast: 90
  • Color Temperature: Expert 1
  • Peak Luminance: High
  • Auto Local Dimming: High

8.1
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
90.91%
DCI P3 uv
95.59%
Rec 2020 xy
66.35%
Rec 2020 uv
71.88%

This TV has a great color gamut. It has fantastic coverage of the commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, but it's not future-proof because it has limited coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, and more content will start to use that color space.

Sadly, its tone mapping is off, and colors are inaccurate. These results are with a 75% stimulus, but the tone mapping is much better with a 50% stimulus, as you can see below. The coverage doesn't change much, but this means darker colors look more accurate than brighter ones.

7.5
Picture Quality
Color Volume
1,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
67.9%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
30.3%
White Luminance
535 cd/m²
Red Luminance
112 cd/m²
Green Luminance
349 cd/m²
Blue Luminance
39 cd/m²
Cyan Luminance
384 cd/m²
Magenta Luminance
156 cd/m²
Yellow Luminance
482 cd/m²

The Sony X85K TV has good color volume. It displays some colors nearly as bright as pure white, but it's limited by its incomplete color gamut.

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.82
Color dE
1.05
Gamma
2.24
Color Temperature
6,635 K
Picture Mode
Custom
Color Temp Setting
Expert 1
Gamma Setting
0

With just a few changes out-of-the-box, this TV's accuracy is fantastic in SDR. There are minimal inaccuracies to most colors and the white balance, and the color temperature is nearly spot-on with the 6500K target. Gamma follows the 2.2 target for moderately-lit rooms well, but some brighter scenes are slightly too dark.

9.6
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.31
Color dE
0.74
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,499 K
White Balance Calibration
10 point
Color Calibration
No

This TV is very easy to calibrate, and any remaining inaccuracies can't be spotted by the naked eye.

You can see the full settings used for our calibration here.

7.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.202%
50% DSE
0.168%
5% Std. Dev.
0.982%
5% DSE
0.098%

The gray uniformity of this TV is good. The screen is mostly uniform, and there aren't any distracting areas. There's an issue with our unit with dirty spots towards the center, which are likely smudges or dust caught in the panel. It's different from the dirty screen effect some TVs experience, which is due to the panel's performance and not quality control issues like this one.

8.4
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Std. Dev.
N/A
Native Std. Dev.
0.788%

This TV has impressive black uniformity. Blacks look deep and incredibly uniform, even without a local dimming feature.

5.8
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
27°
Color Shift
54°
Brightness Loss
34°
Black Level Raise
13°
Gamma Shift
17°

This TV has a disappointing viewing angle. The image looks washed out as you move off-center, so it isn't ideal for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on.

7.9
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
4.1%
Indirect Reflections
0.6%
Calculated Direct Reflections
3.5%

The Sony X85K has good reflection handling. Combined with its high peak brightness, it performs well in most well-lit rooms.

6.8
Picture Quality
HDR Native Gradient
100% Black to 50% Gray
4.0
50% Gray to 100% White
8.0
100% Black to 50% Red
6.0
50% Red to 100% Red
10
100% Black to 50% Green
4.0
50% Green to 100% Green
6.0
100% Black to 50% Blue
8.0
50% Blue to 100% Blue
8.0

The gradient handling on this TV is just okay. Its picture processing isn't as powerful as higher-end Sony TVs, and there's noticeable banding in darker shades.

4.8
Picture Quality
Low-Quality Content Smoothing
Smoothing
3.0
Detail Preservation
9.0

Unfortunately, this TV has very limited processing capabilities when displaying low-quality content. It doesn't smooth out macro-blocking or pixelization well, but on the flip side, fine details are preserved well.

7.5
Picture Quality
Upscaling: Sharpness Processing

This TV has good upscaling and sharpness processing overall. Fine details in upscaled content are preserved well, and fine lines are straight and detailed without oversharpening. These results are with Sharpness set to '60', and Reality Creation set to '20'.

Picture Quality
Pixels
Subpixel Layout
BGR
Type LED
Sub-Type
VA

This TV uses a BGR subpixel layout. It doesn't affect picture quality but can cause blurry text in some applications when using it as a PC monitor. You can read more about it here.

Motion
8.1
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
4.2 ms
100% Response Time
12.8 ms

The Sony X85K has a great response time. Motion looks smooth in most scenes, but as it has overshoot with dark transitions, there's some inverse ghosting.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The backlight is completely flicker-free with any picture mode and any brightness level, which helps reduce eye strain.

Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
120 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
Yes
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
120 Hz

The Sony X85K has an optional backlight strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion. It only flickers at 120Hz, which creates duplication with 60 fps content.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

This TV has a motion interpolation feature to bring lower-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. Like with most TVs, it works well with slower scenes, but it struggles to keep up in fast-paced content, causing artifacts.

7.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
28.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
3.9 ms

Due to the quick response time, there's some stutter with lower-frame-rate content as each frame is held on longer.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

This TV removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
N/A
VRR + Local Dimming No Local Dimming

This TV supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It supports HDMI Forum VRR and G-SYNC but not FreeSync, which is disappointing if you have a PC with an older AMD graphics card.

Inputs
9.3
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
16.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
92.0 ms
1080p @ 120Hz
7.1 ms
1080p @ 144Hz
N/A
1440p @ 60Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 144Hz
N/A
4k @ 60Hz
16.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
16.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
16.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
91.6 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
87.6 ms
4k @ 120Hz
7.0 ms
4k @ 144Hz
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A

The Sony X85K has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, as long as you're using the 'Game' Picture Mode.

8.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
Resolution 4k
480p @ 59.94Hz (Widescreen)
Yes
720p @ 59.94Hz
Yes
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
1080p @ 144Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
No
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 144Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
4k @ 120Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 144Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

This TV supports most resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz, as long as you're using HDMI ports 3 and 4 because they support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It also displays proper chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals, which is important when using the TV as a PC monitor for clear text, but only at 60Hz. Text isn't clear with 4k @ 120Hz signals from a PC, as it can't display chroma 4:4:4 properly in that mode. If you'd like something comparable but with 1440p resolution and chroma 4:4:4 at 4k @ 120Hz support, check out the Samsung Q70C QLED.

Inputs
PS5 Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV supports 4k gaming up to 120 fps on the PS5 with HDMI ports 3 and 4.

Inputs
Xbox Series X|S Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes
1440p @ 120Hz
No
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
HDR
Yes
VRR
Yes

This TV supports 4k gaming up to 120 fps on the Xbox Series S|X with HDMI ports 3 and 4. Like most TVs released in 2022 and 2023, Dolby Vision is only supported at 4k @ 60Hz.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
ATSC Tuner
3.0 (NEXTGEN TV)
USB 3.0
Yes (1)
Variable Analog Audio Out No
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

As HDMI ports 3 and 4 support full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, you'll be limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth with HDMI ports 1 and 2. However, because one of the HDMI 2.1 ports also serves as an eARC port, you can't use HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on multiple devices if you have your receiver plugged into the eARC port. Also, the TV's tuner supports ATSC 3.0, allowing you to stream over-the-air 4k channels.

Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 0
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1 (adapter required, not incl.)
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 1

The Sony X85K doesn't have an Analog Audio Output, so you can't connect your headphones or basic speakers that use an analog connection. Unlike the Sony X90K/X90CK, it doesn't have the S-Center speaker input.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC/eARC Port
eARC
eARC: Dolby Atmos Over Dolby Digital Plus
Yes
eARC: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM 7.1 Over Dolby MAT
Yes
eARC: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Yes
eARC: DTS:X Over DTS-HD MA
Yes
eARC: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Yes
eARC: LPCM Channels (Bitstream)
7.1
ARC: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
ARC: DTS 5.1
Yes
Optical: Dolby Digital 5.1
Yes
Optical: DTS 5.1
Yes

The eARC support allows you to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver with a single HDMI cable, and it supports both common audio formats.

Sound Quality
7.2
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
100.79 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
1.90 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
1.96 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
4.84 dB
Max
93.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
5.31 dB

This TV has a decent frequency response. It has a very well-balanced sound profile at moderate listening levels, but there are more compression artifacts at the max volume. Like with most TVs, it doesn't produce much bass.

6.3
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.040
Weighted THD @ Max
15.100
IMD @ 80
2.91%
IMD @ Max
25.82%

The Sony X85K's distortion handling is mediocre. Although it isn't too noticeable at moderate listening levels, it gets much worse at the max volume.

Smart Features
8.0
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Google TV
Version 10
Ease of Use
Average
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
3 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Sony X85K comes with the same version of Google TV as the Sony X85J. It's user-friendly, and navigating the menu feels smooth without any noticeable bugs.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Like with most modern TVs, there are ads and suggested content on the home screen and in the Google Play Store. You can opt out of personalized ads, which means you'll get non-targeted ads instead.

9.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Very Smooth
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The Google Play Store has tons of apps available to download. It has Google Chromecast built-in, meaning you can cast content from your phone. You can also connect the Bravia webcam for video calls.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Android TV

The Sony X85K's remote is slightly different from past Sony remotes. It doesn't have a numpad and instead has a '123' button that brings up a virtual numpad. The built-in mic gives you access to Google Assistant, and you can ask it to change inputs, search for content, and open apps. You need to ensure you have Bluetooth enabled on the TV for the voice assistant to work.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV to turn it on/off, change channels, adjust the volume, or switch inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • Power cord
  • 4x VESA mount adapters
  • Cable management clips
  • User manual and guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 61 W
Power Consumption (Max) 155 W
Firmware PKG6.5770.0680NAA