The Bravia HX850 is the top new release for Sony this year. Like the HX925 the BRAVIA HX850 is a 'Monolithic Design' Sony TV, with no visible bezels or disruptive design cues. We tested the HX850 with its optional stand, which includes more powerful speakers and a six-degree backwards tilt, but the bundled stand is also attractive and fits in with the TV's sleek and futuristic design.
The Sony Bravia TV HX850 isn't nearly as glossy as the earlier HX925, and that's a very good thing. We used the HX850 in a room brightly lit by fluorescent lights and while it is moderately reflective, distractions can be minimized with careful room placement. The optional stand is more likely to reflect ceiling lights due to its rakish cant. We wouldn't use the HX850 in a room where a large light source like a window is directly in front of the TV — a matte screen (like a Sharp or some Panasonics) is a better choice here. The screen is finished in a single sheet of Gorilla Glass, but the bezel of the Sony BRAVIA HX850 does intrude around an inch from the TV's edge on all sides. When it's switched on, the HX850 doesn't have the same impressive borderless effect that we liked on the LG TV (LG LM9600). The deep black bezel does make the on-screen image look more contrasty and impressive, though.