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Sharp LC-40LE831E review

Spotless 3D and stunning HD but Quattron tech isn't quite the finished article

For

  • Intense, but controlled brightness
  • Clean 3D images
  • Full HD detail
  • Colour
  • Wi-Fi dongle included

Against

  • Spreadsheet-like EPG
  • Busy remote
  • Rudimentary user interface

Is Sharp's star on the rise? Hot on the heels of the news that Sharp could be about to get investment from Apple to become the supplier of iPhone and iPad screens, here's another fillip to the inventor of LCD TVs – a cracking 3D TV that's a polished performer with high-end sources, the LC-40LE831E.

Hardly a major force in the UK flatscreen TV market, Japanese brand Sharp has a huge LCD business that's largely Asia-focused and has, in recent times, been concentrating on the budget end of the TV and consumer electronics markets elsewhere.

That all changed last year when Sharp introduced Quattron – a new colour reproduction technology for flatscreen TVs that was long overdue.

TV pictures are made up of individual pixels that mix elements from three sub-pixels – red, green and blue – to produce colour. This RGB system has been in operation since the year dot in TVs, but Sharp changed all of that last year when it dropped a fourth sub-pixel – yellow – into the mix.

Reviews for Sharp's first Quattron TV, the LC-46LE821E, were good. But now this 40-inch LCD TV, the LC-40LE831E, is 2011's attempt at combining Quattron with 3D.

The LC-40LE831E uses active 3D tech (with a built-in transmitter) and is as fully featured as any on the market; Freeview HD, Full HD, DLNA networking and a stunning 34mm depth combine on this neatly designed package.

As well as some touchy-feely controls on the TV set's lower reaches – effectively on top of some hidden stereo speakers – there's a nice 'V' design, too.

It doesn't exactly recall Sharp's early reference-level (at that time) titanium Aquos LC-45GD1E LCD TVs from the mid-Noughties, but in sheer quality terms it's surprisingly close for such a low-cost TV, priced as it is at around £750.

Elsewhere in Sharp's stable of LE831 second generation Quattron screens is the 46-inch Sharp LC-46LE831E, a 52-inch Sharp LC-52LE831E and a 60-inch Sharp LC-60LE831E. Proof, if any was needed, that the major LCD TV manufacturers think that 40-inch is the new 32-inch, in popularity terms.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyAQUOS LE831
3D Type3D
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, REACH
Memory Card ReaderYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
Operating Power Consumption63 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand938 mm
Depth with Stand264 mm
CI+Yes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height588 mm
Width938 mm
Depth34 mm
ColourBlack
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Surround
Product SeriesLE831
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-40LE831E
Product NameAQUOS LC-40LE831E LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC40LE831E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Marketing Information

The AQUOS LE831 series uses the very latest Sharp image technology to give you the best possible viewing experience, no matter what you're watching - 2D or 3D. The picture, with its natural colours, really comes alive and is rich in contrast and breathtaking depth. And what's more, the energy consumption of the AQUOS LE830 is the lowest in its class.

This TV is 3D Ready (requires purchase of AN-3DGD20-B rechargeable glasses, not included) and can also convert 2D programmes to simulated 3D.

Package Contents
  • AQUOS LC-40LE831E LED-LCD TV
  • Swivel Stand
  • Remote Control
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year