Sharp Aquos LC-40LE831 review

Sharp Aquos LC-40LE831 review

T3 4
  • The Sharp Aquos LC-40LE831 is the maker's second-gen Quad-pixel Quattron LCD TV, once again bringing the yellow pixel to the party

    Sharp Aquos LC-40LE831 review

    Love

    • Rich colour reproduction
    • Great motion handling
    • Solid media streaming

    Hate

    • No iPlayer
    • Blacks could be better
    • 3D crosstalk effects

    The Sharp LC-40LE831 is part of the brand's second generation of Quad-pixel Quattron LCD TVs, along with the Sharp LC-37LE320,  once again adding a yellow pixel to the traditional RGB colour gamut but how does it fare against the best TVs on the market?

    Sharp LC-40LE831: Features

    The LC-40LE831 is a Smart TV, connecting to the brand’s Aquos NET portal. Content here is notable principally because there’s no iPlayer; hopefully this will be sorted with a firmware update in due course.

    But you do get YouTube, BoxOffice 365, iConcert, Daily Motion, Cinetrailers and Hit Entertainment. Movie streaming is slick from USB, with compatibility for AVI, MKV, MOV and MP4 files. Across a network it gets a little more slippery, with MKV support falling over.

    Sharp LC-40LE831: Design

    Ultra-slim but not generic, this LED edge-lit flattie certainly has character. We also love its razor-sharp user interface, which frames the edge of a minimised TV window and looks a little like an inverse version of Sony’s new TVGUI. The little animated flourishes are particularly cool.

    Sharp LC-40LE831: Specs

    The LC-40LE831 is a 3D-ready Freeview HD screen with a 1920 x 1080 quad pixel panel. Ports include four HDMI inputs, component, Scart, phono AV, PC, Ethernet, three USBs, a CI slot and SD card reader and a digital audio output.  No 3D glasses are supplied with the set, they’re an optional extra.

    Sharp LC-40LE831: Performance

     

    The 3D pictures on this second generation Quattron look significantly better than its predecessor. Sharp is backing Active Shutter technology, as used on the Samsung UE37D650 and the Pansonic Viera TX-P50VT30, making the picture bright and fun. We did spot irritating crosstalk effects on some test sequences but there’s none of the murk sometimes associated with cleaner looking plasma screens, such as the Panasonic P50VT30.

    2D HD benefits from an extensive array of image controls, including individual backlight scanning and Film Mode judder adjustments.

    With 2D HD, that extra pixel adds additional lushness to images; reds and greens in particular have a wonderful richness. Rumours persist that Sharp is courting Apple to be the prime supplier of panels for its TV debut. Does this screen give us the first idea of what an Apple TV might actually perform like?

    Sharp LC-40LE831: Verdict

    We don’t think Sharp’s engineers got adequate kudos for creating Quattron quad-pixel tech in the first place; it was a remarkably inventive bit of engineering. Now with this TV they’ve pushed the concept forward yet again. Well worth hunting down for an audition.

    Sharp LC-40LE831 availability: Available Now

    Sharp LC-40LE831 price: £1199

    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/sh/xs_Sharp_LC-40LE831_bezel_624.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/sh/xs_Sharp_LC-40LE831_angle_62.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/sh/xs_Sharp_LC-40LE831_closeup_62-1.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/sh/xs_Sharp_LC-40LE831_front_624.jpg

Comments

Be the first to comment…

Back to top
Close
T3 Newsletter
Sign up to recieve the T3 newsletters by entering your details below

Your Details

As you're registering with us. we'd like to think that you'd enjoy receiving the following emails; if you'd rather not receive them, please untick the boxes:

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and it's group companies containing news, special offers and product information
I agree to the terms of use and privacy policy and confirm that I am over 16 years of age *
Close
Log in or Join

By clicking below you agree to our terms and conditions and our privacy policy

Log in to T3.com with your preferred social network

Log in with your T3.com account

CloseJoinPlease complete these additional details

Join T3.com with your preferred social network

OR

Join T3.com

Please tick this box to confirm you are 16 years old or over

Just so we know you're human

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Close Edit your profile

Change your password

Newsletters

I would like to receive T3 email newsletters, packed full of the latest tech news, competitions and exclusive offers.

I would like to receive other emails from T3, Future Publishing Limited and its group companies containing news, special offers and product information.

I would like to receive offers from carefully selected third Parties. We will not share your data with the third party.

Social networks

You have authorised these social networks to interact with your T3.com account.

Please ensure you deactivate or revoke access to this website from within your social networks settings to ensure all permissions are removed.

Close Forgotten your password

Forgotten your password?

Please enter the email address that you used to sign up and we'll send you a new password

Close
Forgotten password
Don't have a T3 Account? Join now