Sharp are a company attempting to claw themselves back into the mainstream of consumer electronics. Whilst in Japan they are still a dominant force, the western market has been swamped by competition from Toshiba, Sony and most notably Samsung.
The new range of LED TVs offered by Sharp, which trump their rivals because they use LEDs across the back of the display rather than just at the sides, is part of this market assault.
And the LC40LE600E represents the value-end of this line up. That is not to say that the Sharp Aquos LC40LE600E is cheap, it is just comparatively cheap for a large 40 inch LED TV.
Up to 40% Energy Savings
LED technology allows for screens to be much thinner and lighter than older HDTVs because the LED backlighting takes up far less space. This also allows for much improved energy efficiency. Sharp claim that the LC40LE600E is up to 40% more efficient than an equivalent standard LCD screen.
However, to achieve these results you will need to turn down the backlight and put it into energy-saving mode. So in reality your own results may vary, but it is at least a step in the right direction.
50Hz Refresh Rate but still a great performer
The LED technology is not just a tagged-on eco-credential. It allows for some improvements in picture quality as well. Most notably the LC40LE600E has an extremely good dynamic contrast ratio.
This means that when a film or TV show takes you into the murky, darker areas of the world, the LC40LE600E will be able to recreate these dank, dingy environments with higher fidelity.
Equally, when the screen is bursting with colour and light, things will look a lot more vibrant and alive.
Overall the Sharp LC40LE600E LED TV performs excellently in terms of picture quality, though certain professional reviewers have complained of a less than perfect refresh rate which can still result in a little image ghosting. Your own toleration of such potential problems will dictate your opinion of the LC40LE600E.
Plenty of Connections
The LC40LE600E is of course a full HD display, with a comfortable native resolution of 1080p. That makes it perfect for use with a high definition Blu Ray disc player and your movies will never look more alive than when they are playing on the LC40LE600E.
It has 3 HDMI inputs as well as a range of older inputs, including 2 SCART connectors, to make it backwards compatible with all your older home entertainment equipment.
There are two main problems with the Sharp Aquos LC40LE600E LED TV. The first is its overall design. It does not look as swish or cutting-edge as the technology it boasts requires. As such a slightly chunky, clunky look may put some of the more aesthetically-driven consumers off.
That being said, Samsung’s recent range of LED TVs received some complaints because of their over-the-top, ultra-stylish designs looking too decadent.
The second issue relates to the performance of the screen itself. You may well need to spend some time with the LC40LE600E when you first get it out of the box in order to adjust the picture settings to suit you. The standard settings, which have obviously been produced to show off the power and versatility of the LED technology, can be a little overwhelming, with surreal colours and bright backlighting damaging the subtler capabilities of the screen.
For some the tweaking would be essential anyway, but for others it may come as an unwanted irritant.
Overall the Sharp Aquos LC40LE600E offers fantastic value as an entry level Full LED backlit television and if you can put up with a refresh rate of only 50Hz then this telly ticks all the other boxes.
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