lc-32le600e

Usually a brand that concentrates on value rather than top-of-the-range technology and versatility, Sharp has continued that strategy with the LC-32LE600E.

With new tech at old prices creating an extra dose of realism, Sharp's smallest LED set is a step in the right direction, but it's no giant leap.

We liked

Mixed brightness scenes are rendered with some pizzazz; light and dark areas of the same image sit alongside each other to startling effect.

Deep blacks and eloquently presented colours that swim in realism are enough to convince us that Full Screen LED backlighting works well, though it perhaps needs to be combined with 100Hz – as it is on Sharp's LE700E models – to eliminate motion blur.

The LC-32LE600E is also a good looking TV on the outside, cleverly making up for its obvious lightweight build with an understated, if hardly ground-breaking, styling.

We disliked

Everything on the LC-32LE600E works well. Trouble is, there's little tech aside from LED backlighting to get stuck into.

We now consider four HDMI inputs to be the absolute minimum; three seems meagre. Similarly, some kind of nod to the age of multimedia would seem appropriate; a simple USB slot that could read photos and MP3 music would assuage us.

Picture-wise, the LC-32LE600E is in need of some decent picture processing to bring out levels of detail the excellent LED backlight deserves, as well as a 100Hz engine to rid the panel of blur.

Sound-wise, there's little to complain about aside from saying that the slightly fatter Full Screen LED tech – when compared to thesuper-skinny Edge LED tech – could accommodate some meatier speakers if designed differently.

Though simple enough to navigate, the onscreen menus are not slick enough and not helped by the fiddly remote control. It's not a disaster, but it does take the shine off this LCD in terms of its everyday user-friendliness.

Final verdict

Blu-ray and broadcast HDTV channels look great, and even DVDs are carried off with some aplomb. Freeview isn't quite so convincing, though it's the LC-32LE600E's lack of almost any other notable features that put it at a disadvantage when compared to other similarly priced LCD TVs.

None of its cons are so serious as to prevent this 32-inch LED set from representing something of a watershed; the moment when standard LCD died-off and was replaced by its souped-up LED version. And on the LC-32LE600E, at a remarkably low price.

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