Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV Review

Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV Review

Our Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review showed us this manufacturer put a lot of care into the design of this television and it paid off. Though the Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 is not an OLED screen, its performance is comparable to one. It is also cheaper than most OLED televisions. Which means that you get pretty good bang for your buck with this TV.

Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review part 1: What is in the box?

The TV comes with a voice remote, some batteries, a pair of TV stands and an infrared blaster. It also comes with a user manual and setup guide.

Design

Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review

The Bravia 75-Inch X900 has an intelligent design. The BR75X900 tries its best to look invisible and succeeds, to a large extent. The understated, ultra-thin bezels that frame the display will make you feel like you are watching a floating hologram.

You have high-quality materials to thank for the beautifully made chassis of the TV set.

The TV is held in a well-built, plastic chassis with black and metallic colors. It is a large screen that measures 66 by 41 inches. At almost 3 inches deep, it thicker than many 2018 models. But that is the only downside to its design.

The screen of the BR75X900 is framed with textured, metallic bezels that are less than a centimeter wide.

The BR75X900 has L-shaped TV stands with allowances to hold your cables. Its back is bare except for a 300x300mm VESA wall mount pattern and two input panels. This Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review is just getting started.

Inputs, outputs and connectivity

The input panels are on the left side of the TV. One set of inputs face downwards while the other faces outwards. The right-facing input panel has an infrared remote input, a collection of component outputs, an IR blaster, two USB ports and an HDMI port.

The downward-facing panel has a coaxial connector for cable or a TV antenna. It also has an Ethernet port, an optical audio output, an RS232C jack, three HDMI ports and a USB port.

The Sony BR75X900 is a smart TV that comes with wireless adapters for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Android TV: Main interface

The Sony BR75X900 runs on Android TV, which has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks. The home screen of Android TV is cluttered with numerous apps. This goes against the trend of simple, minimalist home screens that we see in systems like Roku and WebOS.

As a result, the home screen can be jarring and a drag to use. For some people, that is.

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Android TV: Features and performance

A significant drawback of Android TV is intermittent lag. Also, the interface sometimes becomes choppy as you move from one menu item to another. More still, Android TV can have the Monday blues, and it might opt to hang up on you, which will force you to restart the TV.

Android TV more than makes up for its shortcomings. With Chromecast, Google Assistant and the vast expanse that is Google PlayStore.

With Google Assistant, you can control other smart devices in your home with voice commands. Chromecast lets you watch content on your mobile devices on the TV. Then there is the PlayStore, which has every kind of app you could ever think of.

All this is enough to make you forgive the interface for its on-and-off angst. We’ll take a look at how this television’s picture color in the next section of this Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review.

Picture: Color

A major drawback of Android TV is intermittent lag. Also, the interface sometimes becomes choppy as you move from one menu item to another. More still, Android TV can have the Monday blues, and it might opt to hang up on you.

Android TV more than makes up for its shortcomings. With Chromecast, Google Assistant and the vast expanse that is Google PlayStore.

With Google Assistant, you can control other smart devices in your home with voice commands. Chromecast lets you watch content on your mobile devices on the TV. Then there is the PlayStore, which has every kind of app you could ever think of.

All this is enough to make you forgive the interface for its on-and-off angst.

[Related: Sony 85-inch TV XBR85X850F Ultra 4K HD Review]

Picture: Brightness and contrast

The BR75X900 has an effective peak brightness levels of between 600 and 700 nits. Which allows the TV to display vivid, defined images in a brightly lit room. The black levels can go as low as 0.23 nits, which is pretty good. The difference between the bright and dark parts of a picture makes for a stark, beautiful contrast.

In fact, the native contrast of the Sony BR75X900 is a whopping 5700:1. The result is clear, a well-defined picture that shows detail even in the dark parts of an image.

Upscaling

The TV can upscale 480p, 720p and 1080p content. It smooths pixelated edges, removes blockiness and saturates the colors of the source material.

Input lag

We saw that the response time of the Android TV interface varied, depending on the mood of the interface. But how does the TV respond to an input source with content?

The TV supports refresh rates of both 60 and 120 Hz, depending on the resolution. At 60Hz, the Sony BR75X900 has an input lag of 24 ms for 4K and 1440p. Outside of game mode, the response times go all the way up to 80 ms.

At 120 Hz, 1080p and 1440p content has an impressive response time of only 14 ms. The benchmark response time for gamers is 20 milliseconds. So these numbers make the Sony BR75X900 an ideal gaming screen; one that can also do a perfect rendition of fast action video. This Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review still has a few more things to cover.

Motion handling

The fast response time of the BR75X900 goes all the way down to the pixel level. This allows the TV to render fast-moving picture with smooth, blur-free motion.

The chipset of the BR75X900 allows it to perform motion interpolation. Motion interpolation inserts frames into 60 Hz content, upgrading it to 120 frames per second.

Sure, motion interpolation smooths the motion of content with a low refresh rate. But it also causes the ‘soap opera effect,’ which some people find unnatural.

You can also play with the presets to increase the flicker rate of the TV backlight. This helps to reduce blurring in fast-action content. Time to wrap up this Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review.

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • A great design that is made even better by the use of high-quality materials
  • Android TV provides Chromecast and access to the well-stocked Google play store
  • Local dimming allows the TV to render exceptional black levels
  • The TV supports four HDR formats
  • Excellent picture quality all around
  • An anti-glare finish that works great

Cons

  • Underwhelming sound from the built-in speakers
  • The Android TV interface sometimes works in fits and starts
  • The downward-facing input panels would be hard to reach if the screen were mounted on a wall
  • The inbuilt speakers do not sound too good

Sony Bravia 75-Inch X900 LED 4K Smart TV review verdict: Great Picture At A Good Price

An OLED screen is a benchmark for excellent picture, and the Sony BR75X900 LED 4K Smart TV is the next best thing. It has excellent picture quality, a feature-rich OS and an appealing design. You will get good value for your money with this TV. Click here to purchase one.

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