Sony X850G Bravia


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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

Sony X800G

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.

Sony XBR55X800G
$ 698
Price incl. VAT., Excl. Shipping

Affordable LCD TV for bright rooms with many extra features

If you are interested in an affordable TV for very bright rooms and need practical extra features, the Sony X850G is a good device for you. Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, good input lag for gaming, HDMI eARC for better sound – all these are the advantages that the X800G does not have. The picture quality is suitable for bright rooms as it handles reflections well and has a high brightness. In dark rooms, however, it isn't as capable.
Picture quality72
Motion Handling79
Smart TV features84
Gaming79
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Pros
Brightness
Viewing angle
Motion Handling
Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos
Cons
Black level
Contrast ratio
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Sony X850G Bravia: Variants & Models


Manufacturer Sony
Sony
Sony
Sony
Product code KD-85XG8596
KD-75XG8596
KD-65XG8596
KD-55XG8596
Screen size 85 Inch
75 Inch
65 Inch
55 Inch
Panel VA (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
IPS (10 Bit)
VA (10 Bit)
Price $ 2,298.00*$ 1,198.42*$ 579.99*
Shops
Picture
Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast Ratio 1200:1
1200:1:1
1000:1
1200:1
Brightness 600
600
550
600
HDR10+



Dolby Vision



Local Dimming



Frequency 120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
120 Hz
Gaming
Input Lag 14.6
14.6
14.6
14.6
VRR



Audio
System 2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
Power (RMS) 20 W
20 W
20 W
20 W
Dolby Digital



DTS



Dolby Atmos



Soundbar inside



Inputs
HDMI 2.0 4
4
4
4
HDMI 2.1 0
0
0
0
HDMI ARC 1
1
1
1
HDMI CEC



USB 2.0 2
2
2
2
USB 3.0 1
1
1
1
Ethernet RJ45 1
1
1
1
3.5mm jack 1
1
1
1
Digital optical 1
1
1
1
Digital coaxial 0
0
0
0
Satellit 0
0
0
0
Antenna 1
1
1
1
Ci+ 1.4 1
1
1
1
Bluetooth



Wifi



USB recording PVR



Timeshift



Picture-in picture



Tuner Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-S DVB-S2 DVB-C
Twin Tuner



Measurements
Actual screen diagonal (mm) 2140
1893
1639
1388
Width without base (mm) 1909
1673
1450
1231
Height without base (mm) 1097
963
836
713
Depth without base (mm) 80
54
52
52
Weight without stand (kg) 46.5
47.8
25.3
18.7
Width with base (mm) 1909
1673
1450
1231
Height with base (mm) 1175
1031
899
776
Depth with base (mm) 433
358
316
316
Weight with stand (kg) 49
39.3
26.3
19.7
Width of footprint (mm) 1438
1230
1059
996
Depth of footprint (mm) 433
358
316
316
VESA standard (mm) 400x400
400x300
300x300
300x200
Stand removable?




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* Approximate price incl. VAT, plus shipping costs // Last updated on 5. December 2019 at 20:12. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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