If you decided to check what top models TV manufacturers are selling, you’d probably encounter a few with 4K resolution displays and possibly others with a 1080p display that utilizes an OLED panel. There are even some ridiculously expensive TVs that combine both technologies. This might make it seem like 1080p will be extinct in the next couple of years but that doesn’t look to be the case for a few reasons. First, the movie industry hasn’t exactly caught up with the 4K content. Another thing is the fact that very large 4K LED TVs can be pretty expensive. The good news is that all this new tech is responsible for the rock bottom prices of 1080p TVs. We are now living in a world where $2,000 can either buy you a decent 55-inch 4K TV or a 70-inch 1080p like the Sony KDL-70W850B. The focus will be on the latter and will be an interesting look because 70-inch displays weren’t this cheap in previous years and the KDL-70W850B can indeed create an experience that smaller TVs cannot do.
The Sony KDL-70W850B is quite massive with a 69.5-inch screen. It is so large that the somewhat thick bezel doesn’t really matter here. To make sure this 98-pound TV sits stable on a surface, Sony positioned the legs on the leftmost and rightmost sides of the display. The surprising thing is that these legs are adjustable in case you need to accommodate a slightly smaller table. You can remove these stands too if you feel like mounting the KDL-70W850B to the wall like a giant picture frame. Perhaps the most unique design take that Sony made is something that the company calls the “Wedge Design” and you can clearly see the wedge shape when looking at the side of the display where it is thick on the bottom and thinner on top. Sony won’t be hitting any thin records here but its unique design manages to impress.
The side of the Sony KDL-70W850B provides access to a single MHL-enabled HDMI port and 2 USB ports while the remaining 3 HDMI ports can be found on its own section on the back. There is a separate section also on the back that contains the rest of the common ports.
While the KDL-70W850B is positioned as a midrange TV, it still has most of the Smart TV features that one would expect from a 2014 display. It has Wi-Fi connectivity and Wi-Fi Direct out of the box making it simple to connect the TV to a properly set up router. Its Smart TV interface is a little bit overwhelming though as it focuses more on Sony’s content ecosystem so if you are a frequent shopper at Sony’s Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited services, these two hubs have you covered. To access other video streaming apps like Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus, you have to go to the bottom of the Movies section and launch the corresponding icon. Navigating to other parts of the interface is a tab switching affair but because of the high number of apps, finding the right one can take some time. Fortunately, you can add your favorite apps to a separate section for easier access.
A standard remote control is included so you need to rely on the clunky arrow buttons to select an item onscreen. There are some shortcut buttons surrounding these arrows including a dedicated Netflix button so you can at least launch America’s favorite streaming service in a single step. Sony also made a smaller remote called the One-Flick Remote where the primary component is the touchpad which makes navigating the Smart TV interface a lot simpler. Unfortunately, this remote isn’t included in the Sony KDL-70W850B package so you need to fork out an additional $50.
You can also utilize the Internet features while you are watching TV. With the Social Viewing feature, you can pick a keyword and instantly see tweets that are related to the program you are currently watching. Since many of the shows like to display hashtags, this feature is great way to see how others are reacting to a live program. If you like watching FIFA, you can also turn on the Live Football Mode to make the TV more of a dynamic experience where you can get news and highlights from a number of sources in real time. The sound quality is dramatically boosted too.
Android and iOS users can also wirelessly share pictures to the KDL-70W850B through the Photo Share feature. This does not require any special apps or even an Internet connection. If your Android device supports MHL, you can physically connect the smartphone or tablet by means of a special MHL cable so you can mirror the screen and charge the device as well.
3D is another prominent feature of the Sony KDL-70W850B and includes 2 pairs of Active 3D Glasses. The feature works best with native Blu-ray 3D movies at 1080p although you can also try out the Simulated 3D feature to convert other full HD sources to 3D although the results can be mixed. If you have any games that are SimulView compatible, you can play them with the feature enabled through the KDL-70W850B. This special feature allows 2 different players to get different full-screen perspectives for maximum immersion.
It is best to watch 1080p content on the Sony KDL-70W850B as there is no native upscaling engine that could make 720p sources look better. If you have seen a 4K display of the same size, looking at the KDL-70W850B may give a rather average impression. Fortunately, the colors are pretty accurate with the reds slightly tinting to orange and the blacks are impressively deep. 3D picture quality could use some improvements though.
The Wedge Design not only helps save space and add stability but it also improves the audio quality. The Sony KDL-70W850B also has a high-capacity speaker design to make the TV more capable in delivering solid bass. It doesn’t quite reach the levels of a separate sound bar but it does sound more impressive than most 70-inch TVs with built-in speakers.
The KDL-70W850B may not be the cheapest 70-inch TV on the market but it is one of the most unique looking and it actually has some standout features including better-than-average audio quality and pretty decent picture quality. If you are not a fan of the Smart TV interface, you can always hook up a Blu-ray player, AV receiver or even an HTPC and rely on that component’s networking features instead.
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