Sharp lc-40le831d

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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