Sony W650D Review

A good picture with great video gaming capability to keep kids happy and for you to watch movies on Amazon video, Netflix, or Hulu as well as seeing favorite sports team on a big screen – the Sony W650D will bring contentment with its streaming content to bring value to price.
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Overview Design Prices Picture Quality Sound Smart Features
Rating6.8
Design
6.9
Picture Quality
7
Sound Quality
6.9
Video Games
7.3
Movies
6.8
Extra Features
6.1

Short Specification
Type
LED
Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Screen Sizes
40 inch 55 inch
40″ KDL-40W650D 48″ KDL-48W650D 55″ KDL-55W650D

The purpose of this review of technological features in the Sony W650D HD model TVs is to arm you with what makes TV value. A lot of ‘bells and whistles’ is not always a necessity. All model W650D HDTV models sport the norm of picture perfect resolution: 1080p! This picture resolution is enhanced by X-Reality PRO application that enhances sharpness of images. Wi-Fi allows connecting to other external communication devices to bring value to these TV models and you will find all features standard despite screen size to alleviate the ‘Goldilocks quandary’ of attaining latest TV technology at reasonable price.

Pros
  • Excellent contrast ratio of blacks and whites in average lit room.
  • Little motion blur when viewing fast action scenes, making it an ideal set for gaming.
  • Excellent picture handling of both lower resolution content and higher 1080p content resolution found in Blu-Ray DVDs.
Cons
  • The downside to the series W650D is the limited choice in screen sizes. Forty, forty-eight, and fifty-five inch TVs.
  • The picture quality is average in terms of brightness of color and worse if in a darker than average room setting or very bright room setting.

Best For
  • Best attribute of Sony W650 TVs is little motion blur in fast action scenes, thanks to Motionflow XR240 technology, making it great for video gaming.
  • The contrast ratio (Difference of light to dark in images) is better than many other brands.
  • Also best is little reflection of room lighting onto screen.
W650D Prices
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Sony W650D

Overview

Looking over the Sony W650Ds, in consideration of price and picture quality and the amount of content one can view on the W650s, along with Sony technology that enhances older 1080p LED screen resolution, these models are not a bad purchase at all. Sony W650D TVs overall are slightly above average in quality of picture and are very good for video gaming. Where it lacks the newest 4K screen resolution, it is offset with other technological features that may just as well fit your TV viewing taste and needs. This 1080p resolution (lines per inch that come across screen) handles the lower resolution TV shows very well and with X-Reality PRO, color sharpness is enhanced. Contrast ratio, the clarity of light and dark images, is very good. With the Motionflow XR240 technology, motion blur is minimal in fast action scenes, which is ideal for those who enjoy fast action video games. The Sony W650D 1080p resolution is a good purchase for those who simply enjoy watching a stream of content thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi that allows for a broad array of content from the internet with pre-loaded apps such as Amazon Video, YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu and HuluPlus. Judder is not present on the faster frames per second movie content. Thanks to the technology called mirroring you can easily bring short video clips and photos from the smartphone to the big screen to enjoy. Enjoy the TV in average lit rooms, as there is little light reflection on screen.

Design

Sony W650D

Aesthetics of design. The ‘look’ beyond the picture content quality. The ease of use of controls. How it stands. The W650D is a flat screen with border thickness of .75 inches (1.6 cm.) that does make for a good appearance. On the flip side the back extrudes out a bit. The control ports, one being HDMI port, placed on back, make access difficult when on the wall. The pedestal stand makes it sturdy when on table and there is capability of wiring cables inside the legs. The overall appearance of a Sony W650D does provide nice appearance in any room.

Sony W650D Price History & Comparison
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Picture Quality

The most important part of TV is picture quality. In W650D models the 1080p resolution comes to the screen with very ‘sharp’ looking color thanks to X-Reality PRO application. If watching content with lower resolution, such as 480 or 720 lines per inch, the 1080p resolution will upscale quality of these images. Viewing color is best in average lit rooms than rooms too dark or too bright. Contrast ratio, the difference between blacks and greys and whites is quite good. Color and black tone fades when looking from angle. Placing view above eye level (Wall mounted) improves how color appears. Fast action images have little motion blur but lower frame per second movies give slight judder with less color uniformity.

480p Input
Sony W650D 480p input
720p Input
Sony W650D 720p input
1080p Input
Sony W650D 1080p input
4k Input
Sony W650D 4k input

Sound Quality

Sum-ma cum loud! There is an analytic computerized device built to W650Ds called Clear Phase that smooth out decibel frequencies to provide precision sound. Volume intensity is ok but lower volume is rated poor and a sound bar would be a good additional purchase. That said, sound quality is rated better than average.

Smart Features

The Sony W650D isn’t quite high-end Smart TV but it does give nice basic Smart TV features. The WiFi feature allows for connection to the internet and such apps as Amazon Video, Netflix, YouTube and Hulu / Hulu Plus. Hulu app allows for watching any television network show wherever you are living, Amazon Video streams latest movies, as does NetFlix. YouTube video access brings classroom to your home. There are not a lot of pre-loaded apps but accessing apps on the web is possible by way of two USB ports and two HDMI ports. One unique feature is that of mirroring, downloading photos and videos sent to your Smartphone or computer to the TV screen. Motion color blur is miniscule due to Sony’s Motionflow XR240 refresh rate of frame speed that allows fast color change in fast action sport scenes and video games that make Sony W650Ds perfect for video gaming.

Conclusion

Stemming the ‘Goldilocks quandary,’ consider Sony WD650 as a perfect combination of technology, price, and value in TV viewing for you. The perfect TV for those who want good picture resolution and good contrast ratio for both low and 1080p high definition content as found in Blu-Ray DVDs and streaming content with better than average sound, good video gaming, and ability to download photos from Smart Phone to TV! – indeed it is an easy-to-use TV for the average family budget.

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