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.
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.
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.
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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