Sharp LC-40LE831E review

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

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Although reviews for Sharp Quattron TVs were good in 2011, there was a question mark over the new system's colour accuracy. That makes obvious sense; shaking-up a long-held system of colour reproduction was always going to bring a few criticisms in an industry with existing, and pretty fixed, TV image standards.

To our mind, there's little doubt that the colours achieved by the Sharp LC-40LE831E during our test DVD Sucker Punch are indeed different to anything else we've seen on the market, but that's a good thing for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the more vibrant, brighter and lighter colour palette gives games, in particular, a new vibrancy that you won't find this side of a scorch-yer-eyes out projector.

Secondly, fine details are superbly rendered, even in dark areas of images. Some cosmic shots from the BBC's Wonders of the Universe, for instance, reveals some exquisitely detailed dark and light elements alongside each other in a wonderfully dynamic reproduction of the night sky.

Sharp has actually made a couple of tweaks to Quattron in 2011, most tellingly including a new colour management system.

Brightness is also surprisingly uniform for an Edge LED TV set, with no noticeable light leakage, although there can be a 'black hole' look to dark areas of images.

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What really blew us away about the Sharp LC-40LE831E, however, was the 3D TV images.

Sharp claims that crosstalk has been reduced by a third, which isn't something we're going to quibble with; clean and precise, 3D is also comfy – so it is worth splashing out on those miserably 'not included' specs.

Sporting 200Hz tech – utterly essential for a 3D screen – the LC-40LE831E also manages to sidestep motion blur. The panel is rated at 2ms, a tad faster than last year's Quattron TVs, and it shows during Sucker Punch's many battle sequences.

With solid edges and fluid movement throughout, there was but a whiff of vertical resolution loss in an all-round cracking performance that makes this an ideal gaming TV screen.

That 200Hz mode isn't a core reason for the lack of blur – we'd put that down to Sharp's advanced X-Gen panel – and the Film mode is also worth a swerve (it can make the picture look processed, with noticeable fizzing around moving objects).

Our main criticism of the Sharp LC-40LE831D is that anything less than HD looks shoddy. It's less of a problem that on the 46-inch version, the LC-46LE821E, but it's still noticeable that SD images look broken and exposed; it's not just a problem with softness.