Sharp LC-32LE210E review

Cute and good value edge-lit LED set sadly lacking Freeview HD

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Sharp lc 32le210e

A reasonably versatile set that can be tweaked to produce some solid images from Blu-ray, this is nonetheless a pick 'n' mix set that sees Edge LED backlighting and USB playback/recording pushed instead of some other features that are increasingly seen by us as essential in the flat TV market. That said, this 32-incher has been made to hit a particular price that is low enough for its lack of Freeview HD and 100Hz to be forgiven.

We liked

A wholly cinematic experience can be gleaned from this 32-incher, with plenty of contrast and accurate colours making it a candidate for any living room with increasing hi-def sources. USB recording is a nice extra – and so is its surprisingly comprehensive ability with digital music, video and photo files.

We disliked

There's no picture processing of note and no Freeview HD tuner (which means no Ethernet LAN port). These two omissions mean that you won't see the screen at its best; there's blur, softness and very average SD pics to be found, and getting HD in means buying a separate set-top box; you might as well ignore the USB recording and buy a proper PVR.

Final verdict

Despite its quite wonderful attempts at high-end TVs and 3DTVs, Sharp – which is absolutely huge in Japan – does most of its business at the budget end of the flat TV market, and this 32-inch LCD set does represent a couple of step-up options.

USB recording is intriguing, and though it does add some noted recording functions, the TV's sole Freeview tuner limits its usefulness. That itself is another bone of contention; we're convinced that every TV in 2011 will have Freeview HD.

A good value TV that ignores Freeview HD and picture processing, but just about gets away with it because of its high quality LED panel, novel recording functions, and low online price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyAQUOS
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption63 W
Standby Power Consumption250 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.3
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand536 mm
Width with Stand787 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height501 mm
Width787 mm
Depth45 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness400 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Surround, Virtual Surround
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Auto-off
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-32LE210E
Product NameAQUOS LC-32LE210E LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC32LE210E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Marketing Information

32 inch HD-ready 1080p LCD TV with Edge LED backlight. TIME SHIFT Ready via USB. Built-in Freeview tuner with 8 Days Electronic Programme Guide. Media player for video, music and pictures via USB. Low 0.25W Stand-by Energy Consumption.

Package Contents
  • AQUOS LC-32LE210E LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes