Sharp lc 32dh501e 2

Our first experience of using the 32DH510E is, of course, its remote control. First impressions of this are mixed, as a rather crowded look and cheapo finish are offset by a comfortable and attractive, rounded-off shape and a bold black and white colour scheme.

Extended use reveals it to be an average tool that's good when it comes to navigating the onscreen menus, but less intuitive and easy to learn when it comes to such things as selecting different AV inputs, calling up the EPG and using teletext.

The TV goes into auto install mode when you first switch it on and you'll be surprised by how attractively presented and straightforward this process is. It only really lets you set up language, auto-tuning and whether you want to run it in shop or home mode, but it certainly sets an inviting early tone.

This continues, even arguably improving, when you head into the proper onscreen menus. They're also bright, colourful and clean, and feature a nifty circle of icons that cycle around when you push left and right on the remote, with each icon bringing up a different list of options.

It doesn't harm the 32DH510E's ease of use that there aren't that many features in the onscreen menus to have to find your way around.

The 32DH510's multimedia features offer the only potential point of confusion, but they're mostly well handled. The only daft thing is the random button used to activate the USB recording feature, making us think that Sharp hasn't bothered to come up with a dedicated remote control for the 32DH510E, instead merely adapting a more generic model.