Sharp AQUOS LC-42PD7X review: Sharp AQUOS LC-42PD7X
The Sharp LC42PD7X is the best 42inch LCD panel on the market. It isn't perfect, but its incredible image quality and reasonable price point outweigh any minor shortcomings.
The Sharp LC42PD7X is a 42 inch LCD television with a native resolution of 1920x1080, or what's also known as 1080p. Sharp has a reputation for creating the best in LCD television technology and this full high definition model is no exception. It is not without its problems, though, and while they are only minor, they prevent the unit from attaining true perfection.
The panel has an integrated HDTV digital tuner, two HDMI ports and two component connections. Being a 1080p panel, it is geared toward high definition use but still supports composite and S-Video nonetheless.
If you own a high-definition games console, this panel will make you drool. Our 1080p tests using the Playstation 3 were outstanding with excellent motion and impressive clarity. With the Xbox 360 set to 720p, the panel faired just as well, making this a definite consideration for serious gamers looking for the best.
We were overjoyed to see the return of the DVI port as it allows for a pure digital PC connection and a true 1:1 pixel ratio at a maximum 1920x1080 desktop resolution. The last Sharp model to support DVI was over two years ago and it has been sorely missed by media centre PC users. However, since there is no VGA D-Sub port, those wishing to connect their laptops may find it problematic.
One minor thing we noticed when testing this unit is that when transitioning from light to dark images the whole panel tends to dim. This makes the blacks look much better but sacrifices brightness in the process and tends to be distracting. However, this is not a feature of the panel -- it isn't mentioned in the manual and most importantly, there isn't a way to turn it off. We thought it might have been the Optical Picture Control settings but even with OPC turned off, it still occurred. Sharp assures us that it is a problem with our test unit and is not indicative of the PD7X series, but it warrants a mention all the same.