Sony 65 Inch X90H TV Review

The entire television industry has gone through a massive revolution in the past few years. With growing technology, TVs are also getting smarter and cheaper each day. One can easily find a smart TV within their budget range nowadays. Sony has recently launched its new X90 Smart TV with 4K resolution and 120fps refresh rate in India in two screen sizes -- 55-inch KD-55X9000H and 65-inch KD-65X9000H, priced at Rs 1,29,900 and Rs 2,09,900. Sony has always been a leading brand when it comes to bringing exclusive smart televisions to its users and Sony Bravia X90H is no different. Let us find out in this article why the Sony X9000H should be your next entertainment/gaming TV.

Key Specifications:

  • Panel Size: 65-inch (available in 55-inch as well)
  • Panel Type: VA LED
  • Panel Resolution: 3840 x 2160 - 4K
  • Panel Refresh Rate: 120Hz
  • HDR 10 support: Yes
  • Dolby Vision Support: Yes
  • Weight (with stand): 23.2kgs
  • HDMI Ports: 4
  • USB Ports: 2
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Ethernet: Yes
  • Speakers: 20W (Full Range (Bass Reflex) x 2, Tweeter x 2)
  • Built-in storage: 16GB
  • Price: 1,69,990 for 65-inch and Rs 1,09,990 for the 55-inch

Design


The Sony Bravia X90H is a Full Array backlit TV with local dimming. It isn’t the slimmest option in the market but the placement of the ports is extremely convenient in the device. These ports are placed on the right side of the TV, facing outwards. It also has two USB ports, optical audio out, a headphones port, an AV port, 4 HDMI ports, an ethernet port, and a great classical antenna. The thickness of the TV makes it handy to reach the ports on the side when the TV is installed on the wall. The TV has remarkably slim bezels that do not hinder the viewing experience.

Also, the TV has silver borders all around it, giving it a premium look. The feet come with an unusual slim design and still hold the TV in place quite well. However, the feet aren't twined at the extreme ends of the TV. They have more of a slot in design and are a little on the inside ensuring they suit most home entertainment stands.

Features


Display and Picture Quality

With a VA panel which supports 4K resolution, the Sony X90H has HDR 10 along with Dolby Vision support. It also supports Dolby Atmos. You can binge-watch your favorite shows on the Sony X90H anytime because it also supports Netflix Mode. The Dolby Vision content holds two frames- Dolby Vision Bright and Dolby Vision Dark. However, the TV has full-array backlighting and local dimming but it does not have Sony's X-Wide Angle technology which enhances the viewing angles of the TV. Where the higher-end Sony TVs support this technology and it works quite great, the viewing angles on the Sony X90H cant be called bad by any means. A very light color shift is noticed when we get to absolute extremes. Otherwise due to the presence of a VA panel the viewing angles are good.

4K and HDR Performance

When we buy a TV, the first question that strikes the mind is whether the panel is bright or not? The Sony X90H can get extremely bright especially while streaming HDR content. One look at the X90H and you know that you are paying for premium. The content looks very crisp while streaming shows like Altered Carbon on the device. With standard HDR content, you can adhere to standard or vivid, whichever suits your palate. However, the “Netflix Calibrated Mode” is switched off on the device by default.

FHD Performance

FHD content like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Young Sheldon, and Mission: Impossible are displayed magnificently on the screen. If you are one of the users who will consume SDR and FHD content, the TV will work subtly.

Gaming Performance

In my view, the performance of the Sony TV with the games like God of War and Ghost of Tsushima has excelled the performance of TVs like the Hisense 55A71F and the Realme SLED TV. The vivid action series in a game like Gears 5 which is an HDR game looks impressive on this TV. However, the TV has only 2 ports that support HDMI 2.1 (ports 3 and 4)and 1 of them is the ARC port. So, if you want to connect more than two HDMI 2.1 enabled devices, it will be a problem here.

Audio Performance

The Sony X90H has two full-range (Bass Reflex) drivers and two tweeters in the 65-inch TV. In the 55-inch variant, you only get two full-range (Bass Reflex) drivers. The output from the TV is 20W but it certainly sounds louder. You don't need to go beyond the 40% mark to hear the bangs and thuds quite well.

UI

The X90H has a graphically heavier and more detailed side navigation UI. When we enter the motion settings, there is a small description that appears on the screen explaining what the setting does and the effect it will have on the picture. This adds a layer of explanation to each setting, making it easier for people to navigate and know the settings they are changing.

Remote Control

The remote control is similar to that of the X95G. Sony provides a full-sized remote control with rubbery and clicky keys and a textured back adding to the grip. If you grip the remote in the center, you will have access to most of the functions in the reach of your thumb. However, Sony’s TV remote still doesn't have a mouse feature and typing is still manually navigating the onscreen keyboard, but you can use the Android TV app on your smartphone to make the typing process easier. Since passwords for apps like Netflix, and more can be saved in your Google log-in, logging into the TV once ensures other services are logged in as well. Overall, the remote control is quite ergonomic.

Final Opinion


The Sony X90H is a very well-built TV with an exclusive design. It has great picture quality for gaming and content consumption. It is one of the smoothest Android TVs in the market. The introduced changes to the Android TV UI, about picture quality settings, can be considered a positive change. The only bummer is t the fact that only 2 ports will get HDMI 2.1.

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