Sharp Aquos LE320 (LC-37LE320E) review: Sharp Aquos LE320 (LC-37LE320E)

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The Good Sharp HD pictures; Strong colours when viewing HD material; Relatively low. price tag.

The Bad No Freeview HD tuner and poor EPG; No support for online services;. Disappointing standard-definition performance.

The Bottom Line The Sharp Aquos LE320 is a stylish looking set and produces good HD pictures, but its standard-definition performance is weak, its EPG is very sluggish and it lacks features such as media streaming and an HD tuner.

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The 37-inch, 1080p Sharp Aquos LC-37LE320E sits at the more affordable end of Sharp's range of LED-illuminated TVs. It's available for around £600 online, which is rather inexpensive by the standards of most 37-inch LED tellies. But is it any good?

Two-tone stylings

Sharp's designers have come up with something a little different for this TV, which has an interesting two-tone black and white design. The front fascia is predominantly black with a metallic bar running along the bottom, while the rear of the set is finished in glossy white. The smoothly rounded corners and slim dimensions also add an extra degree of visual flair, making it a good-looking TV.

Unfortunately things are not quite so peachy when it comes to connection options. Whereas most sets of this size now come with four HDMI ports, this one makes do with three -- two are mounted on the rear and one at the side. You do get a set of component inputs, along with a pair of Scart sockets, but that's hardly any compensation.

Lagging behind

Although there's a USB port on the side for digital media playback, there's sadly no Ethernet socket or Wi-Fi onboard, so the TV doesn't support Internet services such as iPlayer. This is a shame, because even low-priced TVs from the likes of LG now have these features onboard. That said the range of media formats supported for playback over USB is rather good, with DivX, Xvid and MKV files all playing back without any problems.

The set's electronic programme guide is sluggish.

Another pretty major disappointment, though, is the absence of an HD tuner. The onboard Freeview tuner is standard-definition only, so you miss out on free HD services from the Beeb, ITV and Channel 4. When similarly priced sets from rivals such as LG and Sony are now including Freeview HD as standard, it's rather hard to swallow, but may not be an issue if you use a subscription TV service such as Sky or Virgin.

The programme guide for the Freeview channels is also disappointing, as it has a vertical layout that makes it that little bit more difficult to plan an evening's viewing. The EPG is sluggish as well, as to view upcoming programmes on a different channel, the TV actually has to first switch the tuner to that station.

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