Conclusion: The Sony Bravia KDL-W850B series of HDTVs are reasonably priced edge-lit LED screens that, despite some minor issues with peak brightness and off-angle viewing, deliver a sharp 1080p picture with inky blacks and a high contrast ratio.
Pros: Beautifully designed. Generous feature set. Dark blacks.
Cons: Middling peak brightness. Some backlight bleeding. Color shifting at wide angles.
Sony KDL-W850B series: Big TV with a picture-quality (w)edge
18 June 2014
Summary: Sony's wedge-shaped KDL-W850B TV offers better picture quality, albeit for a higher price, than many big-screen LCDs.
Pros: The Sony KDL-W850B evinced very good picture quality with deep black levels, relatively accurate color, solid video processing, and one of the best bright-room images in the business. Unusual styling with wedge-shaped design; well-rounded feature set with ample Smarts, connectivity and two pairs of 3D glasses; above-average sound for a flat-panel TV.
Cons: Expensive; Smart TV interface is annoyingly Sony-centric and at times overwhelming; poor 3D picture quality.
Excerpt: The KDL-70W850B does impress with an excellent picture quality. However compared to the W950B series, it is a little low on color richness and contrast. This shouldn’t be a trouble with the X-tended Dynamic Range and Triluminous Display at your side. Both the KDL-70W850B and the one in the W950B series can be said to be the same except that the current product under review comes with a bigger screen space.