The HX850 has a "monolithic design" by which Sony means that the front of the screen is smooth without any protruding elements. The HX850 comes with an attractive base that's as long as the TV is wide. In previous iterations of the HX850 the screen was somewhat submerged in the base, and we like the new design more.
The large base is not only there for looks, Sony also integrated speakers that are supposed to deliver superior quality compared to speakers mounted in the TV itself. While that is indeed the case, don't expect any deep bass tones. But for a flat-screen TV the sound is good. The speakers are connected with a cable to the TV.
The screen of the HX850 reclines six degrees, which according to Sony is ideal for when the TV sits on a low piece of furniture. If your living room has a higher TV cabinet it provides less comfortable viewing, and it's not possible to set the screen vertically instead. So this is definitely something to take into consideration prior to buying this television. Another small gripe we have is that the screen has a glossy top layer of Gorilla glass, which can cause annoying reflections if you have lights behind or around you. The display consists of an OptiContrast panel from Samsung which is gapless, meaning it's connected to the top layer which improves image sharpness and contrast.