- Good value for money
- Full HD 1080p D-LED display
- USB playback and record
- Stylish design
- Controller delay – radio signal
- No sports mode
- Slow TV guide navigation
Full Review – Sharp LC-32CFE5111K
Once assembled the Sharp looks great. The ugly plastic stand you’re used to at this price point has gone out of the window in favour of an aluminium trapezoid replacement. The panel is 7cm thick (16cm with stand) so not the slimmest TV on the market but on par with its competitors for an entry level full HD LED 32 inch TV. If you want to take the TV off it’s feet it can be wall mounted with a 200 x 100 vesa mount.
Truth be told I still have a my own Samsung UE32J5100 in the spare bedroom so I did a hot swap with the LC-32CFE5111K. I was pleasantly surprised with the picture quality out of the box and with some additional tuning in the settings menu had the picture looking top notch. The Samsung is similarly priced without the additional connectivity and pleasing aesthetics so with a picture quality on par, the Sharp is in the good books!
The Sharp has it’s own ACE Pro colour processing technology alongside the Aquos display that work well to produce deep blacks with no backlight bleed and a good contrast in dark scenes making the viewing experience pleasurable. The backlight is even and scenery shots look good. Only downside is how smooth the image is with the active motion 100 settings on. The additional frames make shots look too smooth, but the good news is it can be switched off so whether you like that super-fluid motion or a tiny bit of classic judder then both parties are satisfied.
The LC-32CFE5111K doesn’t have smart capabilities however with the 3 x HDMI and 2 x USB you can connect up your PS4 or Xbox One for a great gaming experience. The motion blur and response time proved no issues. Overall the TV works well as a gaming panel despite not having a “game mode” that you come to expect from the latest TV’s. My laptop hooked up no problem through the HDMI connection and my chromecast was also up and running within a few minutes.
The Sharp is equipped with 2 x 8W speakers powered by the Dolby Digital decoder. The sound is acceptable, but nothing special. There are options to change the treble/bass but if you intend to use this as your main TV, I would advise hooking up an external sound system for a more immersive experience. There is no built in sports mode so the volume control is all you really have to work with for a stadium like experience. The TV is also equipped with a headphone jack.
Connectivity is another strong point for an entry level low cost 1080p TV. IT comes with 3 x HDMI ports and 2 x USB. The USB slots support playback features as well as USB recording. All your legacy connections such as Scart, composite and component are all present as well as a pc input (VGA) connection. As mentioned above there is a headphone jack and audio output for external sound systems. There is an ethernet connection but before you get too excited it’s only for firmware updates.
The Sharp is relatively easy to set up. Only additional complication over a standard Freeview HD TV is the remote connection. It uses a radio signal remote so you don’t have to be pointing it directly at the TV like the conventional infrared; but requires connecting to the TV unit. Everything from the guide to menus are straightforward to navigate, but are all a little unresponsive and slow. Attaching additional devices such as a console for set top box is a simple task as you would expect.
Additional features include the USB playback(video, pictures and music) as well as USB external HDD recording. The HDMI 2 input is an ARC port and the tuner is Freeview HD. The best features are the design and array of connections for the price. Remember this is a full HD TV under £200!