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Sharp Aquos LC-40LE830E Review

Sharp is now on its third generation of Quattron TVs, which use four types of pixel—red, green, blue and yellow—instead of the usual three.  The latest update sees the arrival of support for 3D, a display that’s said to be 20% more responsive, a 200 Hz mode, Net TV, PVR features and time-shifting.  Let’s take a closer look.

For the most part, the LE830 picks up where earlier versions left off.  It uses Sharp’s Quattron display, but the individual pixels are said to be 20% more responsive, something we’ll investigate in more depth later on.  It’s backlit using LEDs around the edge of the frame.  The latest version of the screen is 6 mm thinner than the last, and now measures just 3.3 cm.  There are plenty of new features too, including support for 3D with on the fly 2D-to-3D conversion and motion interpolation with a 200 Hz mode via 100 Hz refresh rate and a backlight sweep.  The USB port offers support for PVR (recording TV programmes) and TimeShift (pausing live TV).

 

Pros

Attractive results in 2D and 3D

Accurate colours: average deltaE of 2.8

No clouding on the unit we tested

Matte display largely immune from reflections

Low energy consumption: 80 W

 

Cons

Narrow viewing angles

Slightly disappointing contrast ratio (1576:1)

Not much crosstalk but more visible than on a plasma

Media player not up to scratch

Mediocre remote with no backlit buttons

 

Conclusion
It’s third time lucky for Sharp’s Quattron technology on the new LE830, which avoids almost all of the mistakes made by its predecessors.  There’s a great picture in both 2D and 3D, and while the contrast ratio might seem a little weak, at least there’s no clouding.

 

Read the full review at digitalversus.com.

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