The 37LE320E raises all sorts of mixed feelings as soon as you get it out of the box.
On the upside, the 37in set looks rather lovely with its gleaming black fascia, tastefully rounded corners and striking gloss-white rear panel. It’s also impressively slim - under 45mm.
Not surprisingly, this slenderness is largely down to the TV’s use of edge LED lighting, which also promises rich colour saturations and high levels of brightness. There’s a 100Hz engine in the TV too, boding well for the 37LE320E’s motion handling, and the set’s connectivity ticks most of our boxes (as we’ll see presently).
So what’s not to like? First, we’re concerned about its price. The very best deal we’ve found on the 37LE320E is a shade north of £600 - which makes it more expensive than Samsung’s 40in 40C650, Sony’s 40in 40EX503 and Panasonic’s 42in P42G20. This puts it in some pretty decent - and larger - company.
Underlining our concerns about its price is the fact that despite having a full HD screen, the 37LE320E doesn’t have a Freeview HD tuner. Even though all three of the rival models we just mentioned do. This omission will likely put many people off the 37LE320E before they’ve even given it a chance to see what else it has to offer, or how it performs.
A Freeview HD tuner is not the only thing conspicuously absent from the 37LE320E’s spec sheet, either. For it also doesn’t boast any sort of online functionality - not even basic BBC iPlayer or YouTube support. Even though, again, the three potential rival TVs we mentioned each boast extensive online offerings. Hmm.
Thankfully Sharp’s new set is not a total dead loss in multimedia terms. For it’s got a USB that’s able to play an impressive variety of video formats - as well as MP3 audio files and the inevitable JPEG photos. Plus, more predictably, the TV also has a D-Sub PC port.
Elsewhere among the connections are three HDMIs (one down the side), which classes as a decent though hardly awe-inspiring discovery.