The 40LE600E’s strong first impressions continue with its sharpness. Relatively static HD images frequently sparkle with detail and texture, and while standard definition pictures don’t look as sharp as they do on the best screens from some rival brands, they certainly generally look clean and natural.
There’s a reason I had to introduce the ‘relatively static’ qualification into that last paragraph, though. For unfortunately, while the 40LE600E gets many things spectacularly right, its motion reproduction still falls prey to the old LCD problem of motion blur.
The problem isn’t shockingly bad by any means; the picture certainly doesn’t actually smear, for instance. But moving objects do look noticeably less crisp than they do on numerous rival screens at the 40LE600E’s price point – so much so that an otherwise nailed-on nine out of 10 for pictures has to be reduced to an eight. Here’s hoping the 100Hz system on Sharp’s imminent 700E LED series can sort this issue out.
I also came across an odd glitch with the 40LE600E. If I was playing an Xbox 360 game using the TV’s Movie preset with the Film scanning mode active when I switched the TV off, the next time I turned the TV on to play the game again, the picture broke down quite spectacularly during very bright moments. It would white-out completely in some areas, streaking, and generally being completely unwatchable for a moment or two until the picture content darkened down again.
Thankfully all you have to do to avoid this is switch to another input first and then back to the game input, or make sure you only use the TV’s game mode rather than its movie preset when you’re playing games. It’s possible, too, that Sharp may be able to fix the glitch via a firmware update. But I mention it here in case anyone who buys this TV comes across the same issue and isn’t sure what to do about it.
Another slight annoyance about the 40LE600E is that the Dynamic picture preset, selected when you first get the TV out of its box, is phenomenally ugly and should be changed immediately. And finally in the negative column, while the 40LE600E’s audio performance is fine for most ordinary TV programmes, its speakers are found a bit short of bass and dynamism by a good action movie sequence.
The LC-40LE600E has just enough shortcomings, especially in the motion handling department, to fetch it up short of earning an unreserved TrustedReviews recommendation. But actually, we’d still urge you to at least seek one out to audition, for when the right sort of source material enables its LED engine to fire on all cylinders, its pictures really do look outstanding. It’s nice, too, in these times where TV/screen brands are dropping like flies, to find that on the evidence of the LC-40LE600E, Sharp is anything but a spent LCD force.
Score in detail
Image Quality 8
Sound Quality 7