Sony XBR55X800G review & specs

Sony XBR55X800G: Budget-Saving 4k / HDR TV with 55-Inch Display

Sony XBR55X800G

Looking for an affordable second TV that could playback 4K? Consider the XBR55X800G model from Sony. Though the darkroom performance isn’t its strong point, the TV produces good color gamut and accuracy, and provides a quality image in SDR. The 4K picture also looks good while HDR isn’t impressive due to the relatively low brightness of this budget TV.

The X800G series by Sony features five displays with different matrix types and backlights. Three smaller models (43, 49, and 55 inches) have IPS matrix while the bigger ones (55 and 65 inches) are equipped with the PLS modification. At the same time, 43 and 49-inch displays are equipped with the Edge LED backlight, and three other models have the Direct LED. The overall performance of these TVs is good, particularly in terms of motion handling. Still, the contrast ratio isn’t big, and the darkroom image has greyish blacks.

The Sony XBR55X800G has the IPS matrix lit with the Direct LED. This results in the even lighting of the screen and good color uniformity in the SDR. Still, blacks aren’t too deep in a dark room. The 4K performance is good, the image looks detailed, and the colors are mainly accurate, with a slight incline into the coolness for whites and greens. The 4K X-Reality Pro processor works fast upscaling the Full HD and 720p formats to the 4K picture, with little to zero judder and stretched pixels.

The HDR performance is what mentioned in every Sony XBR55X800G review. It does bring a bit more contrast and the highlights look more distinct while the overall contrast suffers at times. This results in the blurry shades and washed blacks. The TV supports HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma formats, and Dolby Vision isn’t maintained.

The TV provides a good option for watching sports, action movies, and other dynamic content. The motion handling, as stated in the Sony XBR55X800G manual, is 60Hz; meanwhile, the incorporated MotionFlow XR and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer technologies do a good job interpolating the image. There’s a very little blur and almost no trail, whereas the motion looks smooth and natural.

The audio quality, though relatively low in modern TVs, should also be described in the following XBR55X800G review. The included speakers are standard 20W ones. They produce decent bass and mids but cannot play loud enough for watching the movies. The TV features Dolby Digital and Digital Plus, as well as DTS decoders.

The TV set has multiple physical and wireless connections. Four HDMI (with ARC), three USBs, digital and analog audio outputs, Ethernet, VGA are complemented with the Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and smart connectivity (a Video & TV SideView smartphone app, built-in Chromecast, Alexa, and Google Home support).

Sony XBR55X800G pros and cons

Pros

  • Easy and intuitive setup, good performance right out of the box.
  • A wide array of smart apps and responsive menu.
  • Can work as a smart hub for home electronics.

Cons

  • Remote buttons are stiff.
  • No gaming features (FreeSync, etc.).

Common features

Product

Sony XBR55X800G

Model

XBR55X800G

Brand

Sony

Rating

5.0 of 5

Reviews

4

General

Series

X800G

Screen sizes in series

43, 49, 55, 65, 75

Display

Screen size, inch

55

4K/UHD

Full HD

Resolution, pixels

3840 x 2160

Display type

LCD

Screen design

flat

Display width, cm/in

120.97/47.62

Display height, cm/in

68.04/26.79

Display area, %

92

Display colors

1.07 billion

Refresh rate, Hz

60

Aspect ratio

16:9

High dynamic range (HDR)

HDR10

3D

3D

2D to 3D

has not

Video file formats

AVI

WMV

MP4

MOV

Other

MKV, ASF, VOB

Video file codecs

DivX

H.265

H.264

H.263

MPEG-4

Other

Flash Video, VC-1, VP7, VP8, VP9

Viewing angles

Horizontal, degrees

178

Vertical, degrees

178

Audio

Speakers

surround

Speakers power, W

20

Dolby atmos

Dolby surround

DTS decoder

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

WAV

AAC

AC3

FLAC

OGG

Other

M4A, LPCM

Dimensions, weight and color

Colors

black

Width, cm/in

124.1/48.85

Height, cm/in

72.1/28.38

Depth, cm/in

7.9/3.11

Weight, kg/lbs

16.1/35.49

Width with stand, cm/in

123.1/48.85

Height with stand, cm/in

78.5/30.90

Depth with stand, cm/in

33.6/13.22

Weight with stand, kg/lbs

17.2/37.92

Connections

HDMI

4

USB

3

Component video input

1

Composite video input

1

VGA input

1

Optical digital audio output (S/PDIF)

1

Analog audio output (3.5 mm)

1

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5GHz

Bluetooth

TV tuner

Analog

Digital

Ergonomics

VESA mount

VESA interface

200 x 200

Removable stand

Landscape/Portrait pivot

Accessories

Camera

Microphone

Internet movie streaming

Netflix

Hulu

Amazon video

HBO

Other

Vudu, YouTube

Features

Remote control

Smart TV

Local dimming

Bluetooth audio streaming

Voice remote

Picture in picture

MHL-compatible

Parental control

Artificial Intelligence

Google assistant

Amazon alexa compatible

Mobile features

Mobile App

Recording features

Digital recording

Watch and record

Panel

Panel technology

Motionflow XR

Backlight technology

Direct LED

Manufacturer

Native refresh rate, Hz

60

Panel bit depth, bits

10

Pixel pitch, cm/in

0.0315/0.0124

Pixel density, ppi

81

Processor

Model

ARM Mali-T860 MP2

Operating system

Operating system

Android 9.0 Pie

Power

Power supply, V

100 - 120

Typical power consumption, W

184

Maximum power consumption, W

200

Standby power consumption, W

0.5

User manual

Manual

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