Perhaps the best evidence of just how far LED lighting has now infiltrated the LCD TV world is the way the technology is now being used in small TVs as well as large ones.
The LC-32LE210E, as Sharp’s new edge-LED 32in TV is known, immediately seeks to underline its 'cutting edge' credentials by sporting a really elegant design that’s way more sophisticated and futuristic looking than your average 32in TV. The corners are all elegantly rounded off, the finish is exceptionally glossy, and the ultra-minimal black bezel sets off to perfection a cute little illuminated blue (red when the TV is in standby) version of Sharp’s current ‘mountain peak’ logo.
The cool design even extends to the TV’s rear, which is just as smooth, curvy and glossy as the front.
If you get within touching distance of the 32LE210E, it has to be said that the TV’s finish starts to appear just a touch plasticky. But from any sort of normal viewing distance, it looks much more opulent than you’d expect a £415-ish 32in TV to look.
The 32LE210E really does cost less than £415. This would make it cheap even if it used CCFL lighting in its LCD panel, but it has the potential to be a bargain of monumental proportions for an edge-LED model. Especially when it quickly becomes apparent that its feature list isn’t the ultra-basic affair we might have anticipated.
For as well as its edge-LED lighting and a full HD native resolution, it delivers some surprising multimedia functionality too. A provided USB port proves able to not only play (DivX) video, music or photo files, but also record/timeshift programmes from the set’s digital tuner to USB storage devices. Although this feature is diminished by the fact that the TV only has one tuner, it’s still a rare but welcome finding for such a low-priced TV contender.
Given the dual functionality of the USB port, we guess it would have been nice if Sharp had included two of them. But maybe we’re just getting greedy. Just as we probably would be if we also expressed a wish that Sharp had put an Ethernet port on the 32LE210E, too!