Sharp LC-39LE440U 39-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV

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  • 5M:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Thin Bezel Design
  • 2 HDMI, 1 USB

Pros:
++ Gorgeously crisp, vibrant, and deep picture quality and color–definitively high-definition.*
+ Excellent viewing angles.
+ Easy to set up; self-explanatory (no fuss!)
+ Surprisingly thin and light

Cons:
– Poor speakers; sub-mediocre.
– NOT for gaming; refresh rate may be 60hz, but very obvious, distracting ghosting, especially during darker scenes.
– LED-backlight bleeding in corners (very obvious when screen is darker).
– Barebones menu options.

*The TV by itself has really great picture, just as advertised for the “Aquos” branding, but I achieved truly stunning picture and color by hooking this baby up to my PC and tweaking the picture quality from my graphics card settings. Even without this luxury, however, the picture is still great–even better after tweaking the preset settings (e.g. “dynamic”).

I bought this when it was on sale, paying a grand total of a little over $400, which I feel is just under the perfect price for this product. The TV is solidly built and easy to set up (just need to screw in the stand). It was pleasantly light, and I was genuinely thrilled at how thin the TV is (it’s just about as thick as my 24″ PC Monitor).

BUT LET’S GET TO THE POINT–the real reason anyone buys an LCD TV: the picture quality. I am not disappointed. First thing I did was plug in my Playstation 3 and played Black Ops 2, which isn’t exactly what I’d consider “hi-def,” but I was actually amazed at how the game looked–this TV somehow made the game look better than I remembered. I then popped in a Blu-Ray movie, and after tweaking the preset brightness/contract settings, was genuinely thrilled at how clean, clear, crisp the movie looked.

To be honest, there’s a lot to like about this television. The contrast options are really nice, the menu functionality is incredibly simple and the sharpness and depth of the picture is better than I’d expected for one in this price range. Also, despite some complaints I’d read, I think the native sound options are perfectly fine. HOWEVER, no matter how much you toy around with the color and tint levels and the advanced RGB settings, there’s still a completely annoying violet/green hue underneath everything (and in some cases completely oversaturated greens on plantlife and other things in the same color range…BLINDING NEON GREEN!).

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