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Sharp Launches DH77 'Green' TV

With the DH77 series Sharp aims to prove it has green credentials, with eco-friendliness touted as a selling point.

This amounts to an 'Eco' button on remote controls for the DH77 series, which, coupled with a light sensor in the TVs themselves, automatically adjusts the TV brightness to suit the surrounding conditions.

Key specs of the DH77 range, aside from it's the claimed greenness are:

  • 32in, 42in & 46in sizes

  • 1,920 x 1,080 pixel (Full HD) resolution

  • (50,000:1)/2,000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio (30,000:1 contrast dynamic ratio on 32in model)

  • 100Hz panel with 4ms response time

  • 10-bit image processing

  • Three HDMI ports, component, S-Video, Composite, dual-SCART inputs

  • USB port for MP3 and JPEG playback

Pricing sits at £649, £799 and £999 for the 32in, 42in and 46in models respectively. A 52in set is also mooted, although there's no release date or pricing available for that. The rest of the DH77 series is available now.

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Ohmz

March 9, 2009, 9:37 pm

Since when does Sharp make JVC projectors?

Jesper

March 9, 2009, 11:11 pm

Dear TrustedReveiws,





I have an idea for improving your reviews. It may sound like a crazy boring one for any gadget addict, but since I sense your focus is a bit broader then that, I will give it a go.





How about adding a rating for power consumption or general eco friendliness in you reviews. I know I may sound like a sissy but I see it as a key feature if a device is to some extent sustainable. Since the electronics companies and the rest of the world seems to emphasize this more and more as well, I think it would be a nice and timely addition to you always valued views and opinions.

BrotherWolf

March 10, 2009, 4:05 pm

I agree with Jasper, apart from the sissy part. I was thinking it would be hard to quantify how eco-friendly a product is but then so is determining picture quality. It all works out as opinion in the long run.

Nik

March 10, 2009, 4:50 pm

Great idea Jesper, I agree - information on average power consumption is commonly available in the manual anyway, so it shouldn't be hard, although it would also be interesting to get some independant test results. Some sort of benchmark would also be useful to put any quoted energy consumption figures into context. Dare I mention that CNET (US site at least) has a list of TVs and their power rating...

smc8788

March 10, 2009, 6:16 pm

Do you really choose your TV based on its power draw? I would have thought it would be the last thing anyone looks at, and I personally have never even taken it into consideration. You buy a TV to watch stuff on, which would kind of make image quality the most important, if not only, factor to consider. Although all else being equal I suppose it could sway a decision.





Also, how would a TV that draws a few less Watts than other TVs make it sustainable? It's just another clever marketing ploy playing on the current 'hot' topic of global warming (sorry about that, it wasn't intended - honest!). I suppose they're aiming for the market niche that cares more about hungry polar bears than how good the product is they're actually buying, and hopes that by putting an 'Eco button' on it that people will be able to feel all warm and fuzzy inside thinking that they've made a difference to a little furry creature on the other side of the planet.





But then I've always been accused of being cynical...

Premfab

March 11, 2009, 12:22 am

I agree with most of the comments above. No one I know looks at the power consumption before buying a TV. Picture quality, connections, etc - yes, power no.





Plus there is no standard for power consumption (just like contrast ratio) so most manufacturers would quote unfeasibily low power consumption figures - figures that you could only achieve when nothing was being displayed (black) or similarly daft.





Look at the printer market and the pages per minute figures - laughable at best.





Besides, looking at the bigger picture (no pun intended), TVs are not the world's climate problem contributors. There are other devices / activities that consume far more.





If one was a purist, one would also want to know how much power was used in making that TV!!

Jesper

March 11, 2009, 2:22 am

@smc8788: I completely agree with you that global warming is more or less a fashion phenomenon. However, saving the planet is not really what my point was all about. Especially since the ecological costs of producing a flat screen TV is probably so ridiculously high that even thinking about buying one makes the polar bears sweat. Not to add in the cost to mother earth when we waste it five years later by dumping it in some poor country that we wouldn't even care to pronounce the name of.





But just like I would never dream about paying for a wasteful "B" rated refrigerator, even though I really only care if it can keep my food cold, I would rather prefer the option to buy a power efficient flat screen television. Both because using an excess of energy is wasteful and ignorant, but also because you can save quite a lot of money.





And in the end reviews are all about making people able to choose the product that is right for them. If you only care about picture quality, then that is what you go for, if design is what makes you day - there is a rating for that too. Saving money and wasting less energy may be a bone to some, myself included, why not give us a rare chance to choose this. After all, after spending &#1631000 on my dream television, saving &#16350 per year on the power bill wouldn't hurt.

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