It is unlikely for 80-inch TVs to head into average living rooms anytime soon simply because these displays are so big. But as far as affordability goes, you can buy a beautiful 80-inch display for about $3,500 – a price significantly less than price of 80-inch displays in previous years. With the 4K 80-inch Ultra HD displays commanding 5-figure prices, it is natural for the cheaper ones to have 1080p and that is fine since the majority of content still max out at 1080p. However, these types of TVs are so large that picture enthusiasts may easily see the flaws whether it is in color accuracy, contrast or other characteristics. Therefore spending a little bit more on a 1080p 80-inch display may give you a better experience. The Sharp LC-80LE857 strives to make a statement that a better panel is worth a few extra hundred dollars more than a standard 80-inch HDTV.
Being different from the rest of the 80-inch TVs without going for expensive trends like curving is tough but Sharp pulled it off nicely with a pretty standout design for the LC-80LE857. The bezel isn’t exactly thin but the dark bezels on the sides make the display look borderless when viewing certain types of content and the top and bottom bezels look noticeably silver to show off the AQUOS and Sharp branding. The edges of the bezel are diamond cut to make them look even more attractive. Overall, it is a great looking 80-inch display and the bezel shouldn’t be that obvious when viewing the TV from the recommended viewing distance. The stand supporting the TV has a nice minimal look to it and it is about half the width of the entire panel so you won’t really need an extra lengthy table to place this TV. Of course, the Sharp LC-80LE857 can be mounted to the wall if you have a VESA 600x400mm mount.
Regarding inputs and outputs, the most important thing you need to know really is that the LC-80LE857 has 4 HDMI inputs with one of them featuring Audio Return Channel (ARC) and the other one having MHL support. The rest of the ports are pretty standard for a TV of this size with a pair of USB ports, Ethernet and the very common component and composite video and audio ports.
Other than a technology that affects the overall picture quality and a couple of spec bumps (see Performance section), the Sharp LC-80LE857 is very much the same as the cheaper Sharp LC-80LE757 model. The SmartCentral feature serves as the main highlight of Sharp’s “Smart TV” experience and like just about every Smart TV experience, entering the interface is just a button away from the remote control. However, the interface doesn’t take up the entire screen like other interfaces. Instead, a dock bar shows up on the bottom where you see tiles representing some of the apps you can launch on your TV. While selecting an app, you can still watch the content currently active. The dock is customizable so you can essentially put all your favorite apps there and arrange them in the desired order so you don’t have to keep tapping the arrow keys just to select the one you want. The first 3 apps from the left can be launched quickly through the dedicated buttons on the remote control.
Pressing the SmartCentral button again takes the LC-80LE857 to the full screen interface where you can find all your installed apps organized into different category tabs. Navigation is pretty easy and straightforward.
SmartCentral has its own Web browser, some games, a couple of photo sharing and social networking apps as well as popular video streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus and more. The built-in Web browser featured on the Sharp LC-80LE857 comes with a couple of unique tricks with the first being support for Adobe Flash so you can check out websites that still rely on the platform and you can watch any videos placed in an Adobe Flash-powered video player. The other cool feature is the split view where you can watch TV on the left side of the screen while still being able to use the Web browser. This looks great on an 80-inch TV as half the screen still allows the picture to look pretty big.
The Web browser experience is still pretty restricted though as the remote control doesn’t feature a QWERTY keyboard. But if you have a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse lying around, you can pair it with the TV without the need for an accessory. Along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is built into the LC-80LE857. A pair of Active 3D glasses are included too in case you want to watch 3D content.
The Sharp LC-80LE857 has to be Sharp’s best 1080p yet in terms of picture quality thanks to the Super Bright technology. It consists of an advanced panel featuring higher brightness and a very intelligent contrast engine to brighten up any key objects present while keeping the black levels low in the areas that matter. It also has a higher contrast ratio of 12,000,000:1 compared to the 10,000,000:1 contrast ratio featured on the LC-80LE757U.
The refresh panel rate stays at the 240 Hz maximum but the LC-80LE857 and smaller LE857 models are the only ones to feature AquoMotion 960 which really pushes the TV to the limits in getting rid of blur and smoothening out those fast-paced scenes. Sharp’s iconic Quattron Color Technology can also be found on this TV and it really does add more colors resulting to far more natural visuals when watching just about any type of HD content. Once again, the 80-inch display really brings out those fine details so you can really appreciate these technologies. Audio quality is pretty decent too since it has the usual pair of 10-watt speakers as well as a 15-watt subwoofer for some more defined bass.
In order to enjoy these premium features, you really have to get past that $5,500 price tag. If that is just about enough, you can consider the Sharp LC-80LE857 without regrets since 4K displays are still far too expensive. The remote could use some improvements and the app selection is a bit limited compared to competitors but the LC-80LE857 is a great performing TV that is priced quite reasonably.
Click Here for Latest Offer on Sharp LC-80LE857
Enjoy Free Shipping & Secure Shopping