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Sharp Aquos LC-40LE810UN LED LCD HDTV

40 in.

A 40-inch TV with a zany twist: yellow pixels. With a modest cost and Netflix streaming, we really wanted to like it.

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Internet Features

Rather than give you a huge slew of streaming options like some TVs, the Sharp LC-40LE810UN supports only the biggest name: Netflix. This, USB media playback, and Aquos Advantage, Sony's live service support, are accessible via the Dock, which has its own button on the remote.

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Widgets may be accessed via the "Aquos Net" button on the remote control. You can call up a sidebar of widgets to the right side of the screen for convenient use.

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See what you're missing out on outside with this convenient weather widget.

The widgets are customizable in the "My Sidebar Widgets" menu.

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Unfortunately, entering any text in the internet features of the Sharp LC-40LE810UN is an obstacle. Any situation in which the remote needs to be used in lieu of a full keyboard presents a problem. Here's what the specific problem looks like on this Sharp.

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Inputting text with a remote is a TV-specific horror.

The web browser, accessible from the "Aquos Net" button, navigates somewhat confusingly using the colored buttons on the remote. It has its own homepage, where Sharp tries to predict what you like without knowing anything about you. If you want to assert your individuality, you can navigate to your own website, but the cost is steep: you must input the text with the remote, using the system depicted above. Is it worth it?

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In case you don't want to be reminded that the weather is nice, you can choose your own widgets.

Local Media Playback

The USB media playback system takes on a look completely different from any other menu or feature. It, too, is accessible from the dock.

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It can display jpeg photos from a USB drive, with the option to rotate them. There is not even a zoom feature. However, you can set up a slideshow and choose its background music from among your collection of mp3s. Navigation is primarily achieved with the colored remote buttons.

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There aren't many options for photo playback.

Music can also be played from a USB drive, assuming it's in mp3 format. This is also accomplished with the colored buttons of the remote, if you could call playback of a small selection of mp3s ordered alphabetically through your TV's speakers an accomplishment.

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Music playback is limited to mp3s.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Panasonic Viera TC-L42U30 Comparison
  13. Sony Bravia KDL-40EX400 Comparison
  14. LG 37LK450 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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