Sharp Aquos LC46DH77E review:

Sharp Aquos LC46DH77E

Typical Price: £900.00
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Lovely design; HD pictures frequently look excellent; remarkably cheap for such a large TV; 'eco' button on the remote could help you save money.

The Bad Weak audio; black levels and standard-definition pictures could be better; green features are disappointing; manual is huge for an ostensibly eco-friendly TV.

The Bottom Line While Sharp is to be congratulated on trying to bring green issues to the fore with the Aquos LC46DH77E, it's hard to see the supposedly ground-breaking eco button really making much of a difference to the planet's fate. But the set does deliver good performance with HD pictures at an extremely aggressive price

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6.5 Overall

Are you struggling to persuade a reluctant other half to let you buy a massive TV? Then Sharp's 46-inch Aquos LC46DH77E LCD TV with a 'Full HD' 1080p resolution provides a new angle for you to try: saving the planet. For this is the first TV ever to place an 'eco' button on its remote control. W00t!

The LC46DH77E is available now for around £900.

Positives
While the eco button doesn't actually lead you to any particularly innovative, tree-hugging features, we'd still rather have it than not, if only because its presence provides a constant visual reminder that you could probably be running your TV more efficiently.

But, of course, we found the TV's sumptuous design more of a draw than the eco button. Its sleek finish, glamorous build quality, slightly pointed bottom edge and tinge of blue create a really quite iconic look that will enhance any room.

The LC46DH77E's price is also a major attraction. We've seen it going for under £900 online -- a very aggressive price for a well-specified 46-inch LCD TV.

Courtesy of the LC46DH77E, proper multimedia functionality has finally been introduced to Sharp TVs, in the shape of a JPEG- and MP3-enabled USB port.

The LC46DH77E's design is extremely easy on the eye

Next to impress is the TV's flexibility when it comes to adjusting pictures. There's an optional 100Hz engine, for instance, for improving motion clarity, and an optional automated system for reducing image brightness when the TV detects a dark scene.

You can also select a 24p-friendly film mode for enhanced Blu-ray playback, adjust the hue and saturation of the picture's six main colour elements, and let the TV automatically adjust the image's brightness in response to the light levels in your room.

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