XBR X850D Seriesby Sony

  • XBR X850D Series
  • XBR X850D Series
  • XBR X850D Series
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
79%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The X850D Series' high brightness capability helps with HDR and makes it a good option for viewing in high ambient light environments.
  • Limited motion blur and input lag plus a relatively wide viewing angle for an LCD TV make the X850D Series a good set for sports and gaming.
  • Sony's Triluminos tech ensures that colors look rich on the X850D Series TVs, while a 4K X1 processor brings out detail in both HD and 4K sources.

CONS

  • The lack of local dimming support on Sony's X850D Series results in limited contrast and shadow detail compared to other HDR-compatible TVs.
  • Unlike other higher-end models in Sony's 2016 TV lineup, X850D Series sets do not support 3D.
  • With prices starting at $1399 for a 55-inch model, the X850D Series is somewhat pricey compared to competing sets.
Sony’s X850D Series TVs are capable of high brightness and have a wide viewing angle for an LCD model--both factors that make them a good option for watching sports. Triluminos technology, which is Sony’s version of quantum dots, and a 4K X1 processor help create pictures with excellent detail from both HD and 4K sources. While the X850D Series is HDR-compatible, contrast is limited by a lack of local dimming support. The omission of 3D--a feature found in other Sony TVs for 2016--will disappoint some viewers.
NameXBR X850D SeriesE6 SeriesKS9000 SeriesP SeriesUH8500 Series
ManufacturerSonyLGSamsungVizioLG
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List Price$1399$4999$3000$999$2199
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Sony’s upscaling technology works not only on delivering sharper detail and better color/contrast to non-4K content, it also makes an effort to improve the essential color and contrast qualities of native non-HDR 4K UHD content.

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84%

The screen is semi-matte and does a good job of not reflecting room light.

The screen is semi-matte and does a good job of not reflecting room light.

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82%

This TV will look great in your living room, or any room, and will have you wondering why you didn’t buy it sooner.

This TV will look great in your living room, or any room, and will have you wondering why you didn’t buy it sooner.

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80%

[I]f you a have strong desire for deep black levels and great contrast, you may not be completely satisfied with this TV, but for what its w…

[I]f you a have strong desire for deep black levels and great contrast, you may not be completely satisfied with this TV, but for what its worth, I’ve seen IPS panels from other manufacturers that don’t do as well with contrast and black levels as does the 850D.

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Sports fans are going to be pleased with the Sony X850D. It has very little blur, so players running at full speed, or cars quickly passing …

Sports fans are going to be pleased with the Sony X850D. It has very little blur, so players running at full speed, or cars quickly passing by, remain well defined.

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The Sony XBR-X850D offers cutting-edge 4K HDR features, accurate color and solid video processing. Its minimalist design looks understated y…

The Sony XBR-X850D offers cutting-edge 4K HDR features, accurate color and solid video processing. Its minimalist design looks understated yet futuristic.

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Sony’s new X850D has just about everything you could ask for from a 4K TV – impressive visuals, an amazing user interface in the form of Goo…

Sony’s new X850D has just about everything you could ask for from a 4K TV – impressive visuals, an amazing user interface in the form of Google’s Android OS, Sony’s trusted hardware and a seriously improved design.

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