The relatively inexpensive 60-inch Sharp TV
The relatively inexpensive 60-inch Sharp TV
3:08

The relatively inexpensive 60-inch Sharp TV

TVs
Hi there. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and I'm sitting next to Sharp's 60-inch LC60LE640U. This is Sharp's least expensive series of large screen televisions this year. There's also a 70-inch size, actually bigger than this thing and a 52-inch are just for the guys who can afford either those really big screens. To give you some sense of how big this TV is, here is the standard Blu-ray case. So you can see it's pretty much gigantic, pretty much as big as anybody would want in their living room. Of course, if you wanna get bigger, you can go 70. This TV is also roughly inexpensive at the time. Its video is about $1,500. We expect that price to fall even later in the year as we get near to the holidays. The design on the 640U is very basic. Around the edge of the screen, it's got a mat black finish. It's also very thin around the edge of the screen. So despite being such a large TV, it's pretty compact. Sharp's entry level 640U series doesn't have all the bells and whistles of its step-up models although it does offer a Smart TV internet suite as well as built in WiFi. There's no 3D on this model or faster refresh rates. However, it does have an edge LED screen which means that the LEDs are aligned along the edge of the TV that allows the set to be relatively thin. It doesn't really help picture quality though. We'll get to that in a little bit. We did appreciate the mat screen on this TV however with a great big size like this. It's really nice to have a mat finish that can do a little bit to reject some of that ambient light glare that you get in some very well lit rooms. Sharp's Smart TV suite is actually a little bit less equipped than some of the other competitors. It's missing Hulu Plus and Amazon as well as Pandora or pretty much any audio streaming. The plus side is you get Netflix, Youtube and Vudu and we did like the fact that the little strip along the bottom is real so as to be intrusive and easy to get to. Speaking of, you can program the remote controls 3 favorites keys to jump immediately to one of those Smart TV apps and you can also immediately jump to Netflix with the big red Netflix button here. Sharp does offer full suite of picture controls on this set. You can actually adjust the smoothness of the adjuster processing. That's a new feature this year. Of course you can also play over a CMS and get the 2-point grade scale adjustment as well as adjustable cam. So most of the things that we require for calibration are right there and CMS actually works relatively well. Speaking of calibration, this TV actually did pretty well in the lab. It doesn't have quite as deep a black level as some of the other LED, LCD TVs that we compared it against. But it's not terrible. On the plus side, it does have very good color accuracy. So the set, once you dial it in, you can get a really natural color that is pretty much right up to the HD spec. One down side however was it didn't process 10EVP24 film-base sources correctly. So we did see a little bit of stutter around some other TVs. You'll see a nice smooth pan for film. Of course not. It's too smooth. We did appreciate that mat screen for ejecting ambient light in. All told, the picture color in this TV is good, not great. But for pretty good value for the price. Another issue, this set was a little... less uniform and some of its competitors meaning that the screen showed some subtly brighter areas amid some darkness although it really wasn't all that visible at most scenes. In terms of inputs, the Sharp's pretty well equipped with 4 HDMI. There's also one component video and a few other analog video inputs as well as 2 USB for video, photo, music files. That's a quick look at the Sharp LC640U series. I'm David Katzmaier.

Up Next

Super Bowl TV Shopping? Here Are Our Favorite Picks
superbowltvs-00-00-05-01-still001

Up Next

Super Bowl TV Shopping? Here Are Our Favorite Picks

Best TVs of CES 2024
ces-besttvs-00-02-21-17-still001

Best TVs of CES 2024

The Hisense 110UX Could Be the Brightest TV Yet
240110-cnet-hisense-tvs-ces

The Hisense 110UX Could Be the Brightest TV Yet

I Saw C-Seed's $200,000 Folding TV
cseed-folding-tv-seq-00-09-21-18-still003

I Saw C-Seed's $200,000 Folding TV

This 115-Inch TCL TV Makes Your Screen Seem Tiny
screenshot-2024-01-08-at-15-35-59.png

This 115-Inch TCL TV Makes Your Screen Seem Tiny

LG's 2024 OLED TVs Cut Wires, Boost Brightness
ces-lgm4-00-00-15-19-still001

LG's 2024 OLED TVs Cut Wires, Boost Brightness

LG Transparent OLED Turns From TV Into Animated Art
240107-site-lg-tv-oled-t-first-look-v2

LG Transparent OLED Turns From TV Into Animated Art

Samsung Shows World's First Transparent MicroLED, 8K Wireless Projector
samsungces024

Samsung Shows World's First Transparent MicroLED, 8K Wireless Projector

Best TVs of 2023: From High-End to Budget, to the Price-to-Picture Sweet Spot
samsunglgcompare-v2-00-00-07-23-still002

Best TVs of 2023: From High-End to Budget, to the Price-to-Picture Sweet Spot

Samsung's 98-inch 8K TV Is Big, Bright and Really Expensive
samsung98in-2

Samsung's 98-inch 8K TV Is Big, Bright and Really Expensive

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist
240225-site-motorola-rollable-concept

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype
240221-site-vision-pro-versus-meta-quest-3-v1

Apple Vision Pro vs. Meta Quest 3: Breaking Down the Hype

Apple Sports Is the Next Step in Apple's Big Sports Plans
240222-site-one-more-thing-apple-sports-v2

Apple Sports Is the Next Step in Apple's Big Sports Plans

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World
ff7rebirth-210224-land-00-00-01-19-still001

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Bringing an Old Story Into a Vast Open World

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max
240219-yt-vs-iphone-15-pro-max-vs-camera-comparison-v03

Camera Comparison: The Galaxy S24 Ultra Takes On the iPhone 15 Pro Max

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist
240225-site-motorola-rollable-concept

Motorola's Rollable Concept Phone Wraps on Your Wrist

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro
adobe-lightroom-00-02-58-03-still006-1

See Adobe Lightroom on the Apple Vision Pro

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone
p1022441-mp4-15-35-32-23-still001

This $400 Cane Has a Built-In Phone

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up
vlcsnap-2024-01-29-14h38m03s627.png

Apple Vision Pro: Unboxed and Set Up

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips
superbowl-tv-settings-thumb1

Get Your TV Ready for the Big Game: Super Bowl Setup Tips

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro
240202-site-spatial-computing-on-meta-quest-3

How to Use a Quest 3 Like the Vision Pro

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4
howto-createyourowngpt-clean

How to Make a GPT in ChatGPT-4

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6
231120-site-tips-tricks-and-hidden-features-v2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy Watch 6