These sets are slimmer and lighter than the old CRTs, whilst having larger viewing areas.
However, there are also problems associated with LCD TV technology, such as poor contrast caused by the backlight illumination, which leaves blacks looking washed out and grey.
Now there is a new technology that doesn’t use a backlight like that in an LCD TV, but instead uses light emitting diodes (LEDs) that do not suffer from the same problems, resulting in a striking improvement in the contrast and more vivid colours and a dramatic decrease in the power consumption of the TV.
The Sharp Aquos LC32LE600E LED TV is one of the first TVs to utilise this new LED TV technology.
Full Screen Backlit LED
The Sharp LC32LE600E LED TV uses hundreds of LED in rows that cover every inch of the screen.
This is referred to as Full Screen LED and it differs from some other makes of LED TV, which use LED illumination around the edges (Edge LED).
The use of LED TV technology has three main advantages: better contrast, more vibrant colours and a lower power consumption than a traditional LCD display.
As well as the new Full Screen LED technology the Sharp LC32LE600E LED TV also has some other new technologies.
Sharp X-Gen and Crystal Clear Panel
The X-Gen panel is Sharp’s new TV panel that has a greater aperture ratio, allowing more light to pass through.
This enables the TV to display brighter images with lower power consumption.
Also in the screen is Crystal-Clear Technology, which deflects light from the panel at near equal intensity directly away from the screen. This alleviates the problem of light diffusing from the surface on a conventional panel, which causes reduced picture intensity, meaning the Aquos LC32LE600E can achieve deeper levels of black.
LC32LE600E – Full HD Ready 1080P – 3 HDMI
As well as the new picture and power-saving technologies, the Sharp LC32LE600E LED TV also has most of the functions you would expect from a quality, modern TV.
The 32-inch screen is Full HD with 1080p resolution, so you will be able to watch superb HD TV signals and fully appreciate the quality of films on Blu-Ray discs.
It also has a 24p cinema mode, so you can watch films at 24 frames per second, just how the director intended them.
For connectivity, it has 3 HDMI ports for HD devices such as a Blu-Ray player or a next generation video games console, as well as component, composite and scart inputs for other devices.
ECO Friendly LED TV
As well as the lower power consumption through the use of Full LED and the X-Gen panel, the LC32LE600E has some additional environmentally friendly features.
These include a power switch on the TV, which uses a lot less energy than standby mode and automatic switching off after a period of time of no signal or operation.
Also, it is made without using mercury so its environmental impact is lessened. All of these features have combined to enable it to achieve an EU Eco Flower, which certifies that it meets the strict environmental standards of the European Union.
Although not as slim as the Samsung Edge-lit models this latest offering from Sharp does have a lot of features if you are in the market for an entry level backlit LED TV.
I say entry level due to the fact the picture refresh rate is 50 Hz. This should not present a problem for normal viewing but if you are into fast paced sports such as football you may be better spending your money on the 100 Hz LC32LE700E panel.
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