Best mid-priced LED TV
Sharp is best known for huge TVs such as the 90-inch LE745, but it also makes great midrange TVs as well. The LE640 is a great balance of performance, features, and price.
The good: The relatively inexpensive Sharp LC-LE640U series delivers accurate color thanks to ample picture controls, as well as a matte screen that works well in bright rooms. Its feature set hits all of the right notes for the price, including excellent help and support options, built-in Wi-Fi, and a remote with three programmable keys to easily access favorite apps. I appreciated its understated styling, especially with such a large screen.
The bad: I noted somewhat lighter black levels and uneven lighting across the screen, both especially obvious in dark scenes under home theater lighting. The Sharp also failed to properly handle film-based (1080p/24) sources, causing slight stutter in certain scenes.
The bottom line: With good picture quality and great pricing, the Sharp LC-LE640U series makes a strong case for mainstream TV shoppers who want to go bigger.
July 18, 2012 3:56 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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