April 10, 2013
- Attractive design
- Overall good image quality
- 4 HDMI inputs
- High price
- Sound quality is lacking
The Sharp LC-70LE650 is a huge 70-inch LCD HDTV with very good overall image quality as it has good black levels and color-accuracy. The sound could be better and the price is high compared to other large TVs, but it is an impressive set.
The design of this Sharp TV is very good-looking thanks to the thin brushed-aluminum design bezel. The TV does sit rather low to the stand, which gives it an odd appearance at first, but you get used to it.
Some of the TVs features include built-in Wi-Fi networking, DLNA media playback and an edge-lit LCD panel. A unique "Wallpaper Mode" feature will display stored photos from a USB drive when the TV is powered down.
The Smart TV has gotten an update to its app suite. There is now access to Hulu Plus, Pandora and a Web browser in addition to the usual suspects, like Netflix, Vudu and YouTube. The SmartCentral interface is nicely designed and organized by category (Video, Music, Games, Web & Search, etc.). All of the included apps worked well and the interface also was fluid and quick to navigate.
For connectivity, the Sharp LC-70LE650 includes four HDMI ports, one component, two composite and one VGA-input. There is also a pair of USB ports (one on the side, one on the bottom).
When it comes to picture quality, this TV performed very well. We found color quality to be very good and black levels were very deep. Skin tones were particularly good-looking and fast-moving images showed no detectable blur or ghosting. Brightness was good and thanks to the matte display, you don't get much reflection from ambient lighting.
Audio quality, however, could be better. Because the bezel is rather thin, the speakers are fairly small. Due to the small size, the speakers are a little weak and don't provide much depth.