The Sony X850G is a Bravia TV from the current Sony lineup, which actually belongs to the more affordable side of the series. The TV scores with some features that can also be found on expensive Sony TVs. We explain all strengths and weaknesses in thorough detail.
Workmanship and design of the Sony X850G
The TV’s design fits in well with the design line of the series, making it similar to the Sony X950G and Sony X800G. Since there are two feet on either side, the footprint must be large enough to hold the TV – depending on the size you want, this should be taken into account. Basically, the TV is very thin, which is chic, but sometimes a bit cheap, as the X850G is made entirely of plastic. The feet are thin, but keep the TV very solid. It hardly wobbles at a light touch. On the wall, however, it makes an even better impression due to its sparse thickness.
Sufficient picture quality for bright rooms
Since the Sony X850G has an IPS panel, it is basically more suitable for bright rooms. Deep and uniform black is not one of its strengths, as the Edge Lit backlight is more visible on IPS panels than it is on VA panels. In addition, there is no Local Dimming. But the brightness is high enough for bright rooms. Nevertheless, the contrast range is not large enough to display HDR content impressively. However, Dolby Vision is supported.
A distinct advantage of IPS panels, however, is the very wide viewing angle. Even when viewing at an angle, colors do not lose their luminosity. So if you have a wide couch and watch TV with lots of people in a bright room, IPS panels are the better choice. However, if your room is dark or can be darkened and you’re always looking straight at the TV, VA panels are better. The Samsung RU8000 or the Hisense H8F might be the better choice.
Attention: The largest model of the Sony X850G with 85 inches has a VA panel. Black levels and contrast are significantly better here, but the viewing angle is more limited.
Great Motion Handling
In terms of motion handling, the Sony X850G is very good. The backlight hardly flickers – only when Black Frame Insertion is used for motion interpolation. Although the TV has a 120 Hz panel, it can only reproduce interpolated content at 120 Hz. The response time is 4.3ms, so there’s hardly any motion blur in fast motion. Unfortunately, stutter is possible with content at 24 Hz, as is the case with cinema films. However, stuttering is only noticeable during particularly slow panning shots. The Sony X850G is also capable of removing Judder from any source, which is amazing.
Gaming on the Sony X850G
If you are looking for a an affordable TV for gaming, the Sony X850G is a fantastic device. As with movies and series, it fits better in bright rooms than in dark ones. As far as performance is concerned, it delivers very good performance.
The input lag is very low, lower than any other Sony TV. 14.7ms at 1080p @ 60 Hz and 14.6ms at 4K @ 60 Hz. Unfortunately there is no gaming at 120 Hz. Also FreeSync is not available in any variant. In addition an Auto Low Latency Mode is missing.
Sound quality of the Sony X850G
The basic sound of the Sony X850G is basically not bad. Sony has equipped it with the marketing term Sony Acoustic Multi Audio. As to be expected due to the architecture of a flat screen TV, the lows are particularly weak, as there is hardly any room to unfold them. Dialogues are clearly understandable and the TV becomes loud enough – so far, so good. But if you want more and want to integrate a soundbar or a surround system, for example, you should be pleased that the TV has HDMI eARC, which allows Dolby Atmos to be transmitted uncompressed. DTS:X and DTS are also supported.
Great Smart TV Features
Like all Sony TVs, the X850G runs on Android TV 8.0 Oreo, which is a very good Smart OS. Operation is very simple and extremely fluid, so that all programs and apps can be reached quickly. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube or other streaming services are pre-installed. Netflix and YouTube can also play their content in HDR. Unfortunately, there is advertising by default, which cannot be turned off. This is a pity, but with most OS of many manufacturers so. Voice control via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa is also supported, the same applies to Apple AirPlay 2.
Variants of the Sony X850G
The Sony X800G is a cheaper TV than the X850G. In comparison, it has a weaker processor, no audio solution, no Dolby Cinema package and no aluminium frame. Also, the panel is only 60 Hz. It’s more aimed at beginners who don’t need any special features.
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