Some TV manufacturers clearly make better TVs than other companies. However making the very best TV isn’t really all it takes for a company to be successful overall. Sharp’s flagship model, for instance, falls a bit short when compared to the more recent models by bigger companies like Samsung and Panasonic. But that doesn’t make Sharp irrelevant because the real challenge involves offering a good selection of TVs at a variety of price ranges. This is where Sharp has a chance to succeed in high-end models like the Sharp LC-80LE757U simply because this TV isn’t the priciest 80-inch display in Sharp’s lineup.
One of the reasons why the LC-80LE757U is cheaper than the Sharp’s Series 8 80-inch model is the simpler design. The flagship LC-80LE857 model has a more premium look and thinner bezel but the Sharp LC-80LE757U still looks very presentable simply because of the panel’s huge size. It looks just as good as the other Sharp models in the Series 6 and 7 families but only bigger. Sharp is an old brand and it still has that same dated logo on the bottom bezel but that cool arrow placed below the logo is a nice modern touch and the horizontal stand is well-designed too. The back showcases a pretty complete set of essential connection ports including 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, the common component and composite ports as well as an Ethernet port, RS-232C and D-sub port.
With LED displays so impressively advanced and affordable these days, companies including Sharp continue to work on Internet features to add some value to the massive display. Sharp’s contribution takes the form of the SmartCentral interface and it isn’t really the boldest attempt as there are rival Smart TV platforms that offer more features from broader support of different services to more customization features. But the SmartCentral interface of the LC-80LE757U particularly stands out on simplicity. In terms of content, many essential services are supported including YouTube, Facebook, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Twitter and a bunch of other popular sites.
Selecting the service to launch is the easy part. You just press the Smart Central button and a horizontal bar appears docked on the bottom of the screen where you can scroll left or right to launch the desired app tile. If that isn’t simple enough, you can rearrange the list and put your top 3 favorite apps on the far left as these positioned apps have corresponding shortcut buttons on the remote control. Take note that not all the apps are listed on this bar although you can add or remote the buttons so you end up with a selection of all the apps you use frequently. The full list can be brought up by pressing the Smart Central button again to bring up the full screen interface. This is where you can download apps to the Sharp LC-80LE757U too.
Once app that stands out is the Web browser because it not only lets you access other websites that don’t have corresponding apps but it also comes with a split-screen feature that lets you surf the Web while watching any channel you like. This may not be a very useful feature to the average consumer since splitting the screen makes both the Web browser and TV content small. But for an 80-inch display like the LC-80LE757U, the feature is more appreciable. The Web browser also has built-in Adobe Flash support in case you need to visit websites that still rely on Adobe Flash or at least uses media players powered by Adobe Flash.
What the Sharp LC-80LE757U doesn’t have is its own special remote control to enjoy the apps on the SmartCentral interface. As a standalone package, you are confined to basic arrow buttons on the remote although there is a dedicated Netflix button for launching the Netflix app. On a slight upside, you can pair a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard to the LC-80LE757U without any special attachments. If you don’t have those peripherals, you will still have to rely on the TV’s built-in Bluetooth to use the 2 pairs of 3D active glasses that come with the package for enjoying 3D content. These 3D glasses are rechargeable too.
Those that have never witnessed a 4K display will really be impressed with the 80-inch display of the Sharp LC-80LE757U. This panel is specially called the AQUOS UV2A display as it was designed to allow more light through to enhance the brighter scenes while combating unwanted light leakage once the scene shifts to the darker moments. The 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is pretty impressive too. The LC-80LE757U also employs Sharp’s signature Quattron Color Technology which improves color accuracy in a fairly unique way. The technology works by adding a couple of million yellow subpixels to add more detail.
Watching sports and action-packed movies with Sharp LC-80LE757U is a real treat and it isn’t just because of that big and beautiful display. Thanks to AquoMotion 480, the LC-80LE757U makes use of a 240 Hz refresh rate to make those high-speed scenes very smooth effectively reducing blurring in the process.
The sound experience of the Sharp LC-80LE757U is worth mentioning too. If you really want that kick when playing back movies or music, you should consider a sound bar. But for regular watching, the 2 10-watt speakers and 15-watt subwoofer make for a nice combo for more defined audio.
If you personally witnessed a 4K 80-inch TV, you might think that TVs like the LC-80LE757U are going to be obsolete in the next couple of years. But given the price of these ultra-high-resolution TVs, that won’t be happening anytime soon. The Sharp LC-80LE757U isn’t even the flagship model as there is a more advanced one with an improved and attractive design, better dynamic contrast ratio, superior AquoMotion technology and extra bright panel. Not going for those features will save you about $500. With a price of $4,999, the LC-80LE757U is a pretty good value and you get several features present in the flagship model too.
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