For the past couple of years, midrange and high-end TVs were often on the receiving end of getting as much bloat as possible. Consumers had to pay premium prices to get the cutting-edge display technologies, and they received the Smart TV features too, even if they did not want them. Fortunately, the industry has moved on to TVs with 4K resolution and other advanced displays with more sophisticated panel technologies like OLED. This makes the typical high-end 1080p displays like the Sony KDL-60W850B look very cheap, and they certainly are once you compare them to the prices of today’s flagship TVs.
It is pretty amazing how different TV manufacturers manage to make differentiating designs and Sony is no exception. The KDL-60W850B and its larger sibling features an interesting stand design. The feet can be positioned at the very ends of the display for maximum stability but being a 60-inch display you will also need a very wide table or surface to properly place it on. However, the Sony KDL-60W850B can be placed on smaller surfaces as you can reposition the feet so they are closer to each other while still maintaining a degree of stability.
Another unique characteristic about the TV’s design is its thickness. It is marginally thicker than most modern TVs but it still has its charm because of Sony’s “Wedge Design” approach. The design starts thick on the bottom and tapers upwards to make the display look slightly leaned back although Sony’s main purpose of this design choice is to optimize the audio quality.
Sony decided to only make one HDMI and a pair of USB ports accessible from the side and fortunately that HDMI port supports MHL encouraging modern mobile devices to be connected there. There are 3 other HDMI ports that can easily be spotted on the back as it is in a separate group. The other group houses all the other basic connection ports.
In order to compete with the other mainstream 60-inch TVs, Sony equipped the KDL-60W850B with its own Smart TV interface. The interface looks a little bit cluttered and unpolished but navigating to the main sections is quite easy as you just use the tabs on top for reference. It excels primarily on content because Sony does offer a vast selection of music and movies and you can find stuff to watch on their respective Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited sections. The bottom of the movies section also offers shortcuts to popular video services including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. Frequent Netflix users do not even need to access the Smart TV interface because there is a shortcut button right on the remote control. You also have the option to install third-party apps to the TV although finding them can be a bit of a chore. Each app is represented by a fairly large tile with an icon but the big 60-inch screen can show off lots of these tiles and there isn’t a way to organize the apps into categories to make it easier to find the one you want. But you can add any apps you like to a special list so you can quickly launch them.
Because the Sony KDL-60W850B focuses on good value for the 60-inch category, it is understandable for Sony to not include a secondary remote control specifically for the Smart TV interface. If you have $50 to spare, you can buy the One-Flick Remote separately to improve your Smart TV experience. This optional remote feels more compact and has a touchpad to make it a lot easier to use the Web browser or play certain apps and games.
Sony also added a few creative things into the mix just to make its Smart TV standout from the competing models that lack them. For instance, you can easily bring up a hashtag to see what posts are currently using it. Since many of today’s TV shows and programs show hashtags on the screen, you can immediately check out that hashtag without resorting to your computer or mobile device. FIFA fans can also be delighted to use a special mode called Live Football Mode which optimizes the display and audio settings for sports and shows the latest FIFA highlights.
The rest of the features are a bit more common but still welcome nevertheless. With the Photo Share feature, owners of iOS and/or Android devices can load up a stored photo and have it shown right on the KDL-60W850B wirelessly. The Sony KDL-60W850B does have built-in Wi-Fi so getting all these cool features to work is simple. But if you don’t have to take the wireless approach if your Android device supports the MHL standard. Using an MHL cable, you can hook up the mobile device and charge it while seeing an exact mirror of the screen on the TV.
Finally, the KDL-60W850B doubles as a 3D display that relies on the Sony Active 3D Glasses. 2 pairs are included and you can immediately enjoy these visuals whether you have 3D movies to watch or not. Your mileage will vary when using the 2D to 3D converter so your best bet would be to watch the actual content.
To keep the price low, the Sony KDL-60W850B does not feature the company’s highly-praised Triluminous Display technology. But even without it, the KDL-60W850B does very well in showing off deep blacks and the contrast is above average. You will notice some color shifting when viewing the display at very wide angles but it isn’t too much of a big deal. 1080p visuals look pretty sharp with the 3D performance being average. Audio quality, on the other hand, is very good considering there are no fancy speaker components that add to the bulk. As mentioned earlier, the Wedge Design plays a role in this sound quality optimization but you may still need to purchase a sound bar if you need louder volumes without distortion.
It is easy to forgive some of the minor faults of the Sony KDL-60W850B because of its $1699 price tag. Stepping up to 4K is recommended because a 60-inch is rather large and therefore brings out the best of the 8 million pixels. But with the amount of savings that you’ll get by considering the KDL-60W850B, this TV should suffice especially since a 60-inch TV will undoubtedly make the scenes livelier.
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