It’s, a replacement of the X800H from 2020, which we’ll be comparing with to see whether it stacks up against its predecessor. Hi Im Dago a tester at RTINGS.com, where we helpyoufind the best product foryourneeds. In this video we’re, going to go through different aspects of the X80J. First we’ll look at the design of the TV and then move on to the picture. Quality. We’ll, then look at the motion handling input, lag and sound quality before getting to our verdict.. Before going over the test results, we have to talk about the different sizes first, because there’s some variation in the sizes. We bought and tested the 55 inch and it’s. Also available in a 43, 50 65 and 75 inch size.. However, our results only apply to the 43 55 and 65 inch models, because the 50 inch has a VA panel, and as of now, we haven’t been able to find any information about the type of panel that’s on the 75 inch.. If you’ve purchased the 75 inch. Let us know in the comments., If youd like to skip straight to our test results then see the links in the description below. In terms of design. The X80J looks almost identical to the X800H from 2020.. It has the same chunky, bezels and it’s relatively thick, compared to other higher end TVs from this year. It’s, not the most elegant but expected of an entry level. Tv. The feet are wide set and there’s no way to position them closer to accommodate smaller tables.
. Cable management is pretty basic. You get two clips to tie the cables to the feet.. The back is exactly like the X800H. It’s plastic and plain with all the inputs facing sideways.. If you want to wall mount it, you need a VESA 300 x 300 mount. There are adapters included in the box.. The overall build quality is decent., It’s, all plastic and relatively light. There’s. Just one issue with our unit there are small squares where the border meets the screen at the bottom left side.. That said, this is likely an issue that’s just on our unit.. One of the things that’s new on the X80J is that it now runs on Google TV, which replaces Android TV. It’s very similar to Android TV, but with a different user, interface. It’s fairly easy to use, it runs smoothly and we haven’t had any issues with it. So far., Unfortunately, there are ads and suggested content here and there. You can’t disable the ads at least not through the regular settings.. If you absolutely want to remove them, you can learn about that in our article about ads.. You still get your apps through the Google Play Store, which is enormous, so you shouldn’t have any problems finding what you need. The remote control looks very similar to the one that came with the X800H, with just some small changes to the quick access, buttons. They’ve added Buttons for YouTube, Prime Video and Disney, but removed Google Play Movies amp TV, because Google is shutting down that app.
For full functionality. The remote needs to be connected to the TV via Bluetooth. There’s, a dedicated Google Assistant button, and you can change inputs, open, apps, complete searches and adjust certain settings through voice command.. You can also calibrate the speakers of the tv via the Acoustic Auto Calibration Feature using the Mic on the remote. There’s. Only one physical button on the TV and it’s just below the Sony branding on the front.. You can press to move or hold to choose the highlighted item. It lets you perform basic functions like turn the TV On and Off change the channel, the input or adjust the volume.. Now let’s move on to the picture. Quality. We’ll mainly be comparing it to 2020’s. X800H, to see what the differences are. For an updated comparison with new models as we buy and test them, see the review page on our website, which is linked below., As we’ve mentioned earlier, except for the 50 inch and possibly the 75 inch. The X80J is using an ADS panel, which is a type of IPS panel. And like IPS panels, it has a mediocre contrast of 11161, which is in the same ballpark as the X800H.. This means that blacks appear gray when watching in a dark, room.. Unfortunately, there’s no local dimming to improve the contrast.. Now let’s talk about the brightness in Standard Dynamic Range, because this is one of the things that changed the most from the X800H. First it’s, not as bright overall we’re talking a drop from 415 nits to 335 nits in the real scene.
Brightness. 315 nits should be enough to combat glare in most lighting conditions, but it might not be enough if you’re in a very well lit room with plenty of sunlight. On top of that there’s now some frame dimming in the 2 windows, which means that small objects In dark scenes appear dimmer. It’s the same story in HDR when it comes to brightness.. We measured 366 nits with our real scene test, which is a significant drop from the X800H’s 504 nits and not bright enough for even the most basic form of HDR. It’s. A bit brighter when using our slides and test patterns, but just like in SDR there’s, some frame dimming in the 2 windows., The HDR brightness in Game Mode, is virtually identical. So you shouldn’t see any difference in or out of Game Mode.. Moving on to screen uniformity.. The gray uniformity is good.. With our 50 gray slide. You can see that the corners are darker on our unit and there’s, some dirty screen effect or DSE in the middle, which can be distracting when watching sports or content with large areas of uniform color.. As for black uniformity, it’s a bit sub par., The screen looks blue and there’s clouding throughout, along with some backlight bleed.. Keep in mind, though, that uniformity varies between individual units, so yours might look completely different from ours.. One of the main advantages of IPS panel TVs is that they generally have wide viewing angles and that’s the case here with the X80J.
They’re, not as good as the X800H, but good enough for most people.. This means that the image looks accurate when viewing from the side.. As for reflection, handling, it’s decent., It struggles a bit with direct reflections, so it’s best to avoid placing it opposite windows or bright lights.. One area that the X80J has improved over the X800H is its out of the box accuracy, although this may also vary between units.. The color inaccuracies are very minor and shouldn’t be visible to the naked eye, and the same goes for the white balance.. The only thing is that the gamma is closer to 2.3, so most scenes appear darker. When it comes to the color gamut. Not much has changed from the X800H, which is to say it’s good.. It has excellent DCI P3 coverage, the color space used in most HDR content.. This means that the TV can display a wider range of colors for a more detailed picture.. However, this is still an IPS like panel TV, with a low contrast ratio, so it doesn’t display dark colors all that well.. It also has trouble with bright colors, because it’s very limited in its HDR peak brightness., Gradient handling is excellent. There’s, some very minor banding in the grays reds and greens, but it shouldn’t be noticeable in most content.. Gradient handling is more important for HDR, especially in large areas where the color changes gradually like the sky.. By the way before we speak about Motion, if you enjoy our content, please make sure you subscribe to our channel for the latest videos and check out our website for the full review and more By subscribing you’re helping us reach a wider audience and in turn helping Us help you all find the best products for your needs, So let’s talk about motion, starting with the response.
Time.. The response time is how fast a pixel can change from one color to another. So a TV with slow response times will have more motion blur than a TV with fast response times.. The X80J performs well in this regard. It’s a bit faster than the X800H in the total response time, but overall it’s very similar. There’s still some overshoot in the 0 20 transition, which might cause some inverse ghosting in dark scenes, but again it’s very minor.. One of the things carried over from the X800H is the flicker free backlight.. This is great because most TVs on the market flicker to dim the backlight and, depending on the frequency, the flickering can be bothersome to some people and cause eye strain.. The X80J does have a backlight strobing feature to improve motion clarity, otherwise known as Black Frame Insertion, but it flickers at 120Hz in 60Hz content, so it may cause some image. Duplication. BFI also causes a drop in the overall brightness and might bother some people.. If you like, the ‘Soap Opera’ effect, the X80J can interpolate low frame rate content up to 60Hz to make motion appear smoother. It struggles to keep up when there’s a lot of movement though.. We saw a lot of motion artifacts, including some haloing around heads., So because the X80J has fast response times: there’s a bit of stutter in low frame rate content like movies, since all the frames are held longer.. If it really bothers you, you can try.
Turning on motion interpolation., As for judder, it can remove it from native 24p content. Only. Judder makes the camera movement look like it’s stuttering, which is the result of a mismatch between the frequency of the content and the TV’s refresh rate. It’s only important when watching movies and is most noticeable with panning shots.. The X80J can smooth out judder in 60p and 60i content if you set Cinemotion to high and Motionflow to max, but it doesn’t completely remove it. For the last part of the motion, section let’s, look at the refresh rate and variable refresh rate support.. Obviously this is an entry level, 4k TV, so we’re talking about a basic 60Hz refresh rate.. It shouldn’t be a problem for most people, but it might be a bit disappointing for gamers, with new consoles like the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, there’s. Also, no VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Now, even though the X80J has a 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support, it still has incredibly low input lag for a responsive gaming experience as long as you’re in the Game or Graphics picture mode.. This is also great. If you want to use it as a PC monitor., It supports most common resolutions, but you need to force a custom resolution for 1440p.. It can also do proper chroma 444, which helps with text clarity but again not in 1440p.. If you want to use chroma subsampling make sure to be in the Game or Graphics picture mode with the ‘Enhanced Format’ setting enabled for the input in use.
. If you’re looking for a TV for a PS5 or Xbox Series X, the X80J is not the best choice.. It has no HDMI 2.1 ports and, as we’ve mentioned, it has a 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support.. It can do 4k 60Hz with 10 bit HDR though. For inputs. The X80J has four HDMIs two USB: a Digital Optical Audio Out a 3.5mm Analog Audio Out an Ethernet port, a port to plug in an IR blaster and a Composite In which requires an adapter but is not included. There’s eARC support on HDMI 3, even though it Doesn’T support HDMI 2.1.. This lets you pass high quality, uncompressed audio to an external home theater system or soundbar over HDMI.. In the same vein, let’s talk about the sound quality of the built in speakers.. They sound decent and deliver clear dialogue, but like most TVs, there’s little to no bass extension, which means they can’t produce that thumping rumbling sound. They get pretty loud, but there’s a fair amount of compression, artifacts and distortion at max volume.. That said, it depends on the content and some people may not hear it. So that’s. Our review of the Sony X80J. Overall it’s very similar to the X800H. There’s, some slight improvement in terms of response time and Google TV runs a bit smoother than Android TV, but the big drop in screen brightness is pretty disappointing.. So far, we haven’t reviewed any other 2021 entry level TVs like the Sony X80J.
. The closest comparison is Samsung’s Q60A QLED, which is similar in feature, but with a VA panel.. Obviously, the Samsung is better suited for dark rooms, because it has a much higher contrast ratio, but it has much slower response times than the X80J.. So that’s it. What do you think of the Sony? X80J? Is the X80J going to be on your must buy list? Let us know below., Also we’re a growing company and are expanding into other product categories.. As a result, we are currently hiring in our offices in Montreal for various positions.. So if you want to help, people find the best product for their needs, have a look at the careers page on our website.. As always, you can check out all of the measurements on our website.. If you like this video, please subscribe to our channel., You can also become an insider on the website for early access to our latest results. So that’s it.