Sony X800H 4K UHD TV review: This 65-inch TV has a great feature set for the price

    Sony’s new X800H is a significant enchancment over final 12 months’s G mannequin, with interface tweaks and extra highly effective processing. Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos have been added to the combination, together with a redesigned distant management that lastly seems to be like one thing that belongs with a Sony TV. 

    Design and options

    With social distancing measures in place, my testing has been relocated from the TechHive lab to my dwelling workplace, the place the 65-inch X800H ($1,000) that Sony despatched me for analysis made for a good squeeze. I’m guessing Sony despatched this dimension as a result of the 55-inch and smaller fashions don’t have the flowery almond-shaped X-speakers that enhance audio high quality. I didn’t hear the have-nots, so I can’t touch upon the distinction, however the 65X800H’s audio is unquestionably a step above the norm on this value vary. 

    The look of the 800 sequence is merely common, with a plain body and v-shaped legs. It’s  sturdily constructed general, although there’s fairly a little bit of flex within the bezel. The 65-inch mannequin I reviewed weighs nearly 50 kilos with the legs, and measures a hair lower than 3-inches thick. All fashions function a VESA mount level.

    This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of the best smart TVs, the place you’ll discover evaluations of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options it’s best to take into account when procuring.

    The 43-inch, 49-inch, 55-inch, and 75-inch X800H fashions go for $600, $650, $800, and $1,300, respectively. There’s additionally a $2,300/85-inch taste. Yes, you pay quite a bit for these final 10 inches. Also, these are all “class” sizes—the precise diagonal display screen sizes are 0.4- to 0.5-inch smaller than their class.

    All sizes function a 60Hz, 3840×2160 (4K UHD) panel. The 55-inch and bigger sizes function direct LED backlight (with no native dimming), whereas the 2 smallest sizes are edge lit. The coloration know-how is Sony’s commonplace Triluminos, and the X800H helps HDR10 and HLG excessive dynamic vary content material along with the aforementioned Dolby Vision.


    Sony consists of state-of-the-art HDMI ports and takes care of legacy outbooard units with a mixture 3.5mm jack. 

    The port choice features a coax antenna/cable jack, 4 HDMI 2.x ports, a 3.5mm composite/part/audio enter, optical SP/DIF digital audio output, 3.5mm headphone output, two USB ports, RS-232C and IR jacks, in addition to 10/100 ethernet. There’s additionally 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2, although the latter appears to assist solely enter units.

    New to the 800 sequence this 12 months are Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos encompass. Other supported providers embrace Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, plus Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. Being Android-based, you can too mirror your cellphone to the TV.

    Remote and interface

    This 12 months’s X800H iteration now has the full-on Android TV interface slightly than a light-weight model. It’s additionally now embedded within the processor for extra agile efficiency. However, it’s nonetheless Android TV, which whereas engaging and simple to make use of, typically requires fairly a little bit of navigating concerning the homepage.

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