Getting a large HDTV is always a good thing because you get a bigger and clearer picture as just about all TVs that size have the Full HD specification with 1080p resolution. Right now, it is possible to get TVs that big for around $700. These TVs alone come with all the standard features of an ordinary flat screen along with some powerful technologies to make the viewing experience immense. Other LCD displays can cost twice as much like the Sharp LC40LE700UN LCD HDTV, but many features are added and enhanced to make it perform better than the budget models available.
Sharp LC40LE700UN LCD HDTV
The Sharp LC40LE700UN continues the AQUOS tradition of being very sleek and glossy. It doesn’t really make any new innovations, but there is a slight silvery fade found on the bottom of the frame to give it some accent and a blue illuminated triangle pointing to the logo. When looked at from the side, the LC40LE700UN looks very thin.
The back of the TV presents three HDMI inputs, an audio jack, PC input, and two component-videos. There is another HDMI input found on the side along with a composite video and a USB port.
“This TV replaced a 32″ VIZIO HDTV that I hung on the wall in the far corner of my bedroom last spring. This Sharp AQUOS is sleek, glossy, and energy efficient (75 Watts!) with a beautiful picture. My Ergotron pivot arm mounting system was sturdy enough to accommodate this under 30 lb. set with no problems. I was even able to install it by myself. The set has no little lights glowing when it is off so it works well in the bedroom. Setup was very easy with my DirecTV HD receiver and with my off-air antenna cable distribution system for all the local stations. The set and picture are highly configurable, but I just use the ‘auto’ setting for the picture. The blacks are incredible–to my eyes I don’t know how they could be improved even though Sharp wisely avoided the fad of dynamic changes in LED backlight levels with their current LED offerings. This HDTV series is also relatively cheap compared to the competition. I will say that the audio circuitry is audibly superior to that of the VIZIO 32″ it replaced. It doesn’t ‘pop’ when you power the TV down and the AQUOS’ sound through the ZVOX seems to include the full audio spectrum of the broadcast program.” – G.Wilkins (NE,USA)
What makes the Sharp LC40LE700UN more expensive than ordinary 40-inch HDTVs is the LED backlighting feature which is responsible for the improved picture quality. Known as the UltraBrilliant LED System, high brightness levels and contrast levels are utilized without harming the LC40LE700UN’s overall life expectancy at 100,000 hours.
It manages to be different than the other edge-lit and local dimming LED TVs by arranging the LED elements behind the screen. This translates to less energy usage overall making this one of the more power efficient TVs to get. There is even an advanced power saving mode that can reduce power usage by even higher amounts by using optical picture control to adjust the TV brightness depending on the surrounding lighting conditions. Although the screen is glossy making it reflect some of the ambient light, the brightness levels remain high for some vivid imagery.
The LED system is backed with an X-Gen LCD Panel boasting 10-bit processing at full 1080p. It utilizes advanced pixel control to reduce light leakage which is why their contrast engine stands at a 2,000,000:1 ratio. Motion resolution is also improved with the 120Hz refresh rate specification. Finding any noticeable differences compared to the TVs without them takes some keen observations, but playing any 1080p/24 content delivers a smoother experience. It is combined with a separate dejudder processing to further smooth out the motion. Overall, the video processing is superb and unique in dealing with antiblur and choppy framing issues.
The LC40LE700UN displays pictures nicely whether it is used for watching TV or watching movies. Gamers can make use of the Vyper Drive Game Mode which eliminates some video lag caused by console and TV display transition. It is rich with picture controls presented in a nice interface to get the best picture possible.
Because an Ethernet jack is found behind the TV, the Sharp LC40LE700UN can connect to the Internet to take advantage of some of the interactive features being offered including a widgets engine allowing access to some news services like MSNBC as well as popular services like Picasa, Weatherbug, Navteq Traffic, and Nasdaq. Standard widgets are also included like the clock and calendar. Some of the widgets take the form of games like Suduko and Blackjack. All widgets are found on the inset bar, but several views are offered to see favorite widgets in greater detail. One nice widget is the Picasa widget where all uploaded photos can be seen on high resolution.
This can be possible offline too by placing images in a flash drive and plugging the drive in the port for the photos to be read. MP3 files can be played back via USB as well.
Another major plus is the way the Sharp deals with support. This feature is called the AQUOS Advantage Live where a toll-free number is given providing communication to a representative that can control the TV remotely after the unique connection number is given. Its onscreen help is very friendly and even includes a glossary of different HDTV terms.
When considering the massive power savings, LED technology, and good interactive features, the Sharp LC40LE700UN HDTV comes out to be one of the more affordable LED-powered TVs. The deep black levels aren’t perfect, but the overall performance of the display shouldn’t disappoint anyone.
Actual User Reviews:
• “My first impression of this TV was that it looked like a very large computer monitor. It isn’t a looker that’s for sure, but once you get past that it is a very good TV. It had no dead pixels and all of the functions are easy to use and work as advertised. I also have an older Samsung 40″ LCD and this one beats it in image quality by a rather large margin. The set did require some tweaking to improve the picture quality, but was acceptable out of the box.
One caveat is that you can’t use the analog PC input at the display’s native 1920×1080 resolution, it’s quite easy to work around with a DVI to HDMI adapter cable. Not many computers use the old VGA ports these days and I bet analog will not be supported at all on TVs in the near future.”– H.Zalonis (CA,USA)
• “We purchased this TV for a bedroom where the TV is in an armoir. The bezel on this TV is narrower than on any other 40″ TV on the market right now which allowed us to fit the 40″ SHARP TV in a space where only 37″ TV’s from other manufacturers would fit. The picture quality is great with the LED backlighting. The TV is a little slow to turn on when it has been off for a while (about 10 seconds to turn on in the morning). It’s a great TV at a much better price than LED TV’s from Samsung or Sony.” – D.Filgas (CA,USA)
• “I can’t say enough about how great this TV is. The new ultra brilliant color display with LED backlighting is superb and I’ve never seen a more clear cut, sharp, clear TV before. The color is amazing, the blacks are so deep but the rest of the color so vibrant and clear. The sound quality is great too. I mainly got this TV to watch blue ray movies and play my playstation 3 in HDMI and the picture quality in unmatched. I previously had a 32′ Vizio LCD and this tv blows it out of the water. I highly recommend this tv to any gamer or anyone who loves to watch very action packed, graphic movies. This was a steal!” – J.M.Tucker (USA)
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