Sharp has a tough battle ahead this 2014 in the TV space. Big manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Sonyall introduced their cutting-edge TVs at CES 2014 and you can expect some refreshed budget models to follow. But for the time being, at least Sharp can thrive in the midrange as even the larger LED models get cheaper. Lowering the price of TVs like the Sharp LC-60LE757U is a good idea because consumers will really get a chance to bathe in some great features and decent picture quality in a value package. The LC-60LE757U doesn’t particularly stand out in any area but the $1,699 makes this TV a lot more competitive and in some cases, more affordable than similarly-sized TVs with fewer features.
The design of the Sharp LC-60LE757U doesn’t pull any fancy tricks like a curved display or virtually borderless bezel. But the panel still looks pretty good as it takes an all-black approach. The bezel is fully black with the top bezel featuring a small AQUOS logo on the corner along with the Quattron 3D logo reminding viewers that this TV is a bit more advanced than cheaper Sharp models. The bottom center features the Sharp logo and Sharp’s trademark arrow just underneath. Another noteworthy thing about this design is how slim the panel is. Although Sharp does not manufacture gaming consoles, the LC-60LE757U would match pretty well with the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. You either have the option to place the TV on the stand it comes with or mount it on the wall if you have a VESA 400×400 mm mount.
The Sharp LC-60LE757U is very much ready to handle a standard home theater system with its 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, RS-232C port for custom installations, Ethernet port, optical digital audio output and usual array of traditional inputs and outputs.
The LC-60LE757U features built-in Wi-Fi without the need for a dongle so anybody with a wireless router within the home should be able to use Sharp’s own SmartConnect interface immediately. This Smart TV interface is refreshingly simple because it doesn’t flood the screen with icons and widgets like other interfaces does. You just press the SmartConnect button on the remote control and a quick bar pops up on the bottom which lets you choose the app you want to launch. Whatever content you are watching will continue to play back while the menu is active as there are no other graphics in the way. All you have is a bar full of tiles representing familiar apps and services like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. The list of apps is small and does not represent all the apps on your TV because the quick bar serves as a favorites list.
You can see the full list complete with full screen view by pressing the SmartConnect button again. The full screen interface also looks pretty simple since you can immediately browse the available apps and games by going through the preset tab categories. You can then pin the app to your quick bar if you require faster access. The first 3 apps on the left of the quick bar come with hotkeys on the remote control so you can immediately access them without going through a menu.
Like other Smart TVs, the Sharp LC-60LE757U comes with its own Web browser but it has a couple of features that separate this Web browser from other TVs with built-in Web browsing. The ability to place the Web browser on the right side of the screen while having an active TV source running on the left side is pretty cool. You can potentially do things like watch a movie and use the browser to find information about the movie. The browser should be able to play back video as well thanks to the Adobe Flash Support.
The LC-60LE757U also provides some extra features to Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The Sharp Beam app turns your phone into a content streamer where you can simply select the site or service and then pick a video you want to play back. Rather than playing the content on your mobile device, the content will appear on the TV. Several services are supported including YouTube, TED, ESPN, The New York Times and many others. You can also download the AQUOS Remote app if you would rather control the TV using your phone or tablet. If your Android smartphone or tablet supports MHL, you can connect the mobile device to the HDMI 4 port using an MHL cable to allow full HD streaming while charging the device.
While the Sharp LC-60LE757U is a couple of steps behind Sharp’s flagship LE857U 1080p models, it still has Sharp’s innovative Quattron technology. This approach increases the number of sub-pixels from 6 million to 8 million by adding a yellow sub-pixels to improve color accuracy. As a result, yellows look a lot brighter and golds stand out more. This technology also improves the way the LC-60LE757U handles 3D since light can pass through yellow pixels a lot easier. The package comes with 2 pairs of active 3D glasses.
The Sharp LC-60LE757U uses a fairly advanced version of the AquoMotion technology. Unlike Sharp’s 6 series, the LC-60LE757U is powered by AquoMotion 480 which has a refresh panel rate of 240 Hz making this display more adept in reducing blur from all sorts of action scenes coming from movies and games.
One of the brighter spots of this TV has to be on the audio performance. This is mainly due to the presence of a 15-watt subwoofer which makes the bass a lot more defined. It works well with the other 2 speakers that bring up the total speaker output to 35 watts.
With Energy Star 6.0 certification, the Sharp LC-60LE757U is one of the most energy-efficient 60-inch TVs on the market right now. Like most other TVs, the LC-60LE757U can automatically adjust the brightness level based on the lighting of the room.
When the LC-60LE757U made its debut with its $2,299 price tag, it was a jack of all trades where you could get a better TV for the same price. A $600 price cut is just what this display needed so consumers can really appreciate all the features and decent audio and video performance brought by the Sharp LC-60LE757U.
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