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Sharp LC40CT2E review

This Freeview HD telly offers fantastic value for money

Our Verdict

For

  • Freeview HD tuner
  • Excellent contrast
  • Colour
  • The price

Against

  • User interface
  • SD pictures
  • Audio

Dedicated Freeview HD boxes currently cost around £150, so to find the Sharp LC40CT2E 40-inch LCD TV with a Freeview HD tuner built-in for just £649 on the high street suggests something of a bargain (to see if you can get Freeview HD broadcasts text your postcode and house number to 80560, or visit www.freeview.co.uk).

And it's just that – Sharp has tweaked its LCD TV picture to deliver even, err, sharper hi-def pictures and, at last, some inky blackness that brings a welcome dose of realism.

Stylistically it's a only a small step forward; Sharp has stuck with the gloss black surround, though this set's rather weak 6W speakers are no longer hidden.

Instead, a slim grey grille sweeps across the bottom of the set while the screen surround itself tapers off nicely at the top and bottom. It looks every bit a high-end TV, which at this price should win it some fans.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Brand NameSharp
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
USBYes
HDMIYes
Dynamic Contrast Ratio20,000:1
RMS Output Power12 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DVINo
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingNo
Internet AccessNo
Media PlayerNo
Height613 mm
Width970 mm
Depth99 mm
Brightness500 cd/m²
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Product ModelLC40CT2E
Product NameLC40CT2E LCD TV
Manufacturer Part NumberLC40CT2E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)15.10 kg