The Good The Sony W802A offers relatively deep black levels and good shadow detail for an LED-based LCD TV; has sleek, minimalist styling and a simple, clear interface; well-rounded feature set includes enhanced mobile connectivity options; introduces very little input lag in Game mode.
The Bad Somewhat expensive; color fidelity, uniformity and picture processing are a mixed bag.
The Bottom Line The Sony W802A LED LCD delivers lots of style and features, but its picture quality is only decent at this price.
Sleek Sony LED LCD gives decent picture
Sony had a good year for high-end picture quality in 2012, delivering some of the best-performing LED TVs on the market in the XBR-HX950 series. While there are a couple of potential heroes in this year's lineup -- the extremely expensive and the even more expensive -- the step-down 2013 model reviewed here is more of a good Samaritan.and
Despite the "8" moniker, the W802A is actually closer to last year's disappointing HX750 than the excellent HX850. The cosmetics have received a small update, with a jewel-like chamfered edge, and the internals have also seen some changes. The panel is now a passive 3D LCD and features an that made the HX850 so good. To get local dimming from Sony in 2013, you'll have to pay nearly double for the step-up models.
The good news is that the W802A is a little better than the HX750 and goes for $200 less. With a little bit of tweaking it can achieve perfectly decent quality for an LED-based LCD. It's also plenty sleek, with a nice mix of features.
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