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June 19, 2012
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Wide viewing angles
- Deep black levels & good contrast
- Good, overall image quality
- Lack of Internet apps
- Crosstalk visible on 3D content
- Colors could be more vivid
The Sharp LC-60LE847U is a 60-inch LED 3D HDTV that strives to make it into your living room with deep black levels, wide viewing angles and Internet connectivity. While it does have good overall performance, it does have some issues with colors and the lack of apps hold it back.
The design of the Sharp LC-60LE847U is relatively simple and straightforward. It's nothing special, but it is thinner than we expected at only 2.2-inches thick. While this is the 60-inch model, it also comes in a 70-inch model.
Sharp includes four HDMI ports, a VGA-in port, two composite inputs, one component input, analog audio out, digital audio out, Ethernet and two USB ports. Unfortunately, there is no side HDMI port, instead all the ports are on the back but point outward to the side. This makes them less accessible for something you just want to plug in quick and show on the TV compared to other HDTVs that have them on the side bezel. There is also built-in Wi-Fi, so that's always a plus.
The Sharp Smart TV suite of apps called SmartCentral and is well-designed but pretty basic in depth. The interface is smooth and easy to operate mostly because it is so simplistic. The selection of Internet-enabled apps include Netflix, Vudu, Hulu Plus, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube. There is also a Web browser and Skype and Facebook social media apps. Noticeably missing is Amazon Instant and streaming music services, like Pandora or Rhapsody. There's also no app store for future downloadable applications.
This TV uses Sharp's Quattron LCD display technology, which uses "four color pixels" to display a wider range of colors, according to Sharp. Typical HDTVs use three color pixels made up of red, green and blue which mix together to create all colors. Sharp says the inclusion of a yellow pixel allows for a "brighter, more vivid picture."
In our subjective 2D image testing, we found the black levels and contrast level to be very deep and high, respectively. The brightness was also decently bright, although not the brightest that we've seen with other LED HDTVs. Some colors, however, were not as vivid as we would've hoped to see, especially in bright scenes.
The Sharp LC-60LE847U had very wide viewing angles that actually surprised us in testing. Fast motion shots produced some ghosting but nothing too horrible.
This TV uses active 3D technology, which produced an overall decent experience. However, there was quite a bit of crosstalk visible on the screen.