Sharp Aquos LC-32LE600E 32in LED Backlit LCD TV - Sharp Aquos LC-32LE600E

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

The fact that I had to tinker considerably with all of the TV’s picture presets is actually rather annoying. For while it’s fair enough to have one mode that pushes colour and brightness hard in order to stand out in a shop environment, it isn’t helpful at all for all the presets to appear to have been designed with showing off in mind.

It’s also true that, no matter how hard I tried, I never completely managed to stop skin tones from occasionally looking a little waxwork dummyesque, especially with standard definition sources.

Another issue that may affect some people with small living rooms or seating positions down the sides of their room is the 32LE600E’s very limited viewing angle. This finds contrast plummeting dramatically if you have to watch from any angle of around 35 degrees or more.

One further slight flaw is that HD pictures such as the recent emotionally charged Superbowl in HD on Sky don’t look quite as pin-sharp as they do on some rival 32in models. This is a marginal point; I’m certainly not suggesting that the 32LE600E’s pictures look actually soft or anything. But people who like their HD to be all crisp and harsh might not approve.

It doesn’t help the 32LE600E’s sharpness that the picture tends to lose clarity and even smear a touch at times when things get moving. It’s pretty much impossible for anything to cross the screen, or for the camera to pan, without obvious resolution being lost.

To be fair, the extent of the smearing isn’t shockingly bad, and over time you sort of start to acclimatise to it. But it’s still an impossible issue to ignore now that so many rival brands are doing such a good job of suppressing this inherent LCD problem.

Sonically, the 32LE600E is par for the 32in LCD TV course. And so it sounds absolutely fine with your typical daytime TV ‘chatshow’ fodder, but can sound a bit compressed, one-dimensional and flat when pushed harder by any good Hollywood action scene.

Verdict

The 32LE600E does enough to remind us of why LED lighting is such a hot property right now - and is certainly likely to stand out on the crowded shelves of your local electrical store on account of its fearsomely intense colours, high brightness and deep, rich black levels. In fact, these strengths will very likely be enough in themselves to make many people who buy a 32LE600E happy punters. However, Sharp definitely needs to tackle some core response time problems before its affordable LED TVs can bag one of our Recommended badges.

Batosai

February 12, 2010, 7:23 pm

I think in TV reviews should mention something about response times and how well it preforms while playing video games, some HD TV's are not very good in this area.

Jinjerdad

February 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

Is the LC32E700E model, which has 100Hz motion processing compared with this one's 50Hz, worth £160 more (today's internet prices)?

tom34b

March 4, 2010, 8:17 pm

I find it odd that you find fault with the viewing angle of this set as it easily trounces most offerings from samsung and sony in this regard; it's on a par with the IPS panels. To clarify, I am currently looking at a bank of 32" TVs, off axis, and this set is a standout performer. As I sell TVs for a living I'm in a pretty good position to judge!

Edna Wallace

August 13, 2010, 11:57 pm

I purchased a sharp 32 inch led backlit TV. After 5 days it broke down. The Sharp repair man could not repair it. He said it was the LED panel. They did not have one He told us to phone Sharp 4 days later and by that time they would have decided what to do. When we did this they were very off hand and still had no solution or prospect of a solution. Therefore we decided to return the TV. They would not take it back because they said Sharp had a 7 day returns policy. This is still ongoing but as of now we have rejected the TV sisnce they cannot repair it and have not chosento replace it. Be warned

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