Sharp LC-40LE831E review

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

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If you like to tweak a picture and be fully in control of a hugely adaptable, often brilliant panel, the Sharp LC-40LE831E is the TV set for you.

If you'd gladly swap star picture quality for apps and icons, then opt for a more user-friendly set from Samsung, LG or Sony.

We liked

Tightly controlled brightness and decent contrast together help produce some startling pictures, with faultless 3D, pin-sharp HD detail and that Freeview HD tuner all helping out on the Sharp LC-40LE831E TV.

Pausing and recording live TV is also a boon, as is the chance to play back a plethora of video files via USB and DLNA. The Wi-Fi dongle is also very welcome.

We disliked

What, no 3D glasses? Or smartphone app? It lacks it some areas, and nor do we like this LED TV's rather old fashioned Aquos Net+ connected TV user interface – it's simply not smart enough and at times resembles a spreadsheet.

Standard definition lacks punch; this is a screen that's hungry only for high-definition TV and movie content.

Final verdict

An extraordinary 3D performance makes this Edge LED TV seriously good value, although it lacks 3D glasses in the box.

A Wi-Fi USB dongle, extensive digital file support and giddy 2D help it make the cut, though a fussy user interface might put some users off this otherwise exceptionally talented TV.

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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
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand636 mm
Width with Stand938 mm
Depth with Stand264 mm
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height588 mm
Width938 mm
Depth34 mm
Sound SystemVirtual Surround, Dolby Surround
Product SeriesLE831
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC-40LE831E
Product NameAQUOS LC-40LE831E LED-LCD TV
Product LineAQUOS
Manufacturer Part NumberLC40LE831E
Manufacturer Website Address
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
  • Swivel Stand
  • Remote Control
  • Wi-Fi Dongle
Limited Warranty1 Year