Sharp LC-37B20E review

Another slim set from Sharp, and while not disgraced, it still struggles to match the competition Tested at £700.00

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Our Verdict

While not disgraced, Sharp still struggles to match the competition at the finer arts of TV making

For

  • Smart looks and slender profile
  • Full HD spec
  • clean, colourful images

Against

  • Noisy
  • poor black levels
  • can’t quite match its rivals’ attention to detail

As we've said before, Sharp certainly doesn't struggle when it comes to the aesthetics of its TVs. It's another extremely slim set – just 95mm at its thinnest point – and boasts an equally slender frame, making for a sleek profile.

The angular remote control remains a pimple on the otherwise smooth skin of this set, but all told it's a covetable package.

While we're griping about the control, this set does prove a little sluggish as we navigate our way around. The Freeview tuner takes time to tune in and once it has, we're left underwhelmed.

It's more susceptible to digital noise than most and lacks sharpness to edges, but nevertheless the colour balance is fine, motion is handled smoothly and there's a decent amount of detail recovered.

Watching TV, we are alerted to the rather lacklustre sound, which lacks weight and substance, while dialogue could be clearer, too.

Black levels are less than impressive
We move on to Tropic Thunder on DVD. The film's rich colour palette is relayed well, although the Sharp looks overcooked at times, lacking the range of colours and subsequent subtlety to deliver a sense of realism.

As so often is the case with LCD screens, however, it's black levels that really let the side down. Low-light scenes have us peering at the screen in an effort to see all of the action, while what should be solid black objects cause the Sharp no end of problems.

It's more of the same with Blu-ray content, which while colourful and clean, lacks the finer nuances of detail and sense of three-dimensionality that we've come to expect from HD content.

Despite three HDMI inputs, 1080p/24fps capability and a svelte profile, this Sharp is left languishing by the competition.

Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand27.6 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate21 kg
Width with Stand89.8 cm
Height with Stand63.8 cm
VESA Mount Standard300 x 300
ColourBlack

Technical Information

FeaturesTeletext, Sound Leveler, Auto Program
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle176°
Vertical Viewing Angle176°
Screen Size94 cm (37")

General Information

Product LineAQUOS
Product NameSharp LC-37B20E
Product ModelLC-37B20E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Brand NameSharp
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberLC-37B20E

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemNICAM, Virtual Dolby, Surround Sound

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption170 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate60 Hz

Warranty

Limited Warranty12 Month