Sharp LC-60UQ17U Review (LC60UQ17U)
240Hz 60 Inch Edge Lit Smart LED TV 1080p
by Robert Wiley, Senior Editor
The Sharp LC-60UQ17 is the smallest of the three UQ series sizes. We see the Quattron+ picture technology combined with THX certification and Revelation Technologies to give it an edge over the SQ series. This TV can accept 4K signals thanks to Quattron+. This is one of the most interesting features the TV has to offer.Active 3D playback and a new take on Sharp's Smart Central make this one solid offering. Prices for the 60-inch size begin around $2,500.
Picture Quality Rating: 85/100
A bright and colorful picture is the highlight of the picture of the Sharp UQ17 series of LED TVs. The new Quattron+ color technology adds more subpixels to the display for a higher level of detail. Built-in upscaling works to provide a higher level of sharpness that a traditional 1080p screen can achieve. Combine this feature with THX certification for excellent picture settings right out of the box. This model sports active 3D playback as well, with 2 pairs of glasses included in the box. We've favored all the passive 3D we saw last year, but the benefits of active 3D persist. It uses the AN-3DG40 Bluetooth 3D Glasses which are comfortable but run around $50 per pair. Front and center viewing yields the best results. The 60UQ17U is ideal for bright room viewing. The biggest drawback that we saw in the LC-60UQ17 was the somewhat lacking presentation of picture depth in the display. We've seen flat looking picture from Sharp in the past and that continues to be the case. HD pictures really look sharp, but they are lacking the picture depth that other LED TVs from Samsung and Sony can produce.
This shot shows off the bright whites and contrast as well as color on the UQ17
Brightness and Peak Whites
A strong suit of this TV is its Brightness levels and this will no doubt catch your eye in the stores. But it's also very useful for rooms with lots of windows and natural light flowing in. You can definitely use those powerful LED side lights in that situation. It's one of the outstanding characteristics of this TV. It will help on gameday Sundays!
AQUOS Quattron+ (Q+)
Quattron + or Q+ Aquos TVs from Sharo add 10 million more sub-pixels to the display. They call this a "4K-like" TV. The feature works by pixel splitting on vertical resolution. As a result the TV accepts 4K content even though it's a true 1080p TV. This is the only 1080p TV to display dedicated 4K content. It is much more competitive price-wise than a 4K UHD TV. Very interesting offering that Sharp is calling future-proofing. We'll see how it holds up as the price for true 4K TVs continues to drop.
Side Viewing Angles
Side viewing angles for LED TVs are certainly getting better, and the UQ17 series shows better performance than the lower models. Color and contrast begin to fade as the viewing point moves further from front and center. Large screens like this allow for wider fields of view, so faults need extreme viewing angles to really hurt the picture quality.
240Hz Screen Refresh Rate
The Sharp LC-60UQ17U boasts an excellent refresh rate of 240Hz. The jump to 240 from 120 is not as noticeable 60 to 120, but it a welcome addition that adds a great deal of value to the TV. Fast refresh rates are ideal for live sports programming, video games, and fast action scenes of all kinds.
Features Rating: 82/100
Sharp Smart Central Smart TV Features
Sharp has redone their Smart Central Smart TV platform once again. They seem to be moving in the right direction, but haven't caught up to LG and Samsung. An interactive guide has been implemented that compiles information from the cable/sattelite box and streaming services for viewing available content in one place. All the standard apps are here as well. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Rhapsody, and all the social media you need. The web browser features split screen viewing so you can surf the web without interrupting your favorite program. That one is a pretty big deal as not everyone is doing that yet.
This shot of the new interactive guide shows off the slick new interface Sharp has built into the Smart Central smart TV platform
Sound Quality and Speakers
Utilizing home theater system or sound bar is usually the best option when it comes to getting the best sound out of your movies and games. Since the UQ17 size choices are so large that still remains as the best way to go. If that is not an option, there are (2) 10 watt speakers and a 15 watt subwoofer on board. They have the ability to push out some volume and bring some of the lows out, but they end up sounding tinny and muddled. The biggest issue is separating voice from background/music. Sound quality for TVs of this size should be more important
This is an interesting feature that doesn't add much value to the TV, but we see it as something fun. Sharp’s claimed exclusive Wallpaper Mode gives users the ability to choose any image they would like for the screen to display when the TV is OFF. They claim the energy levels are extemely low and the brightness simulates museum conditions. This isn't going to be a selling point for the TV, but it's a neat idea that could provide some fun results.
Appearance and Design
The appearance of the UQ17 series features the same thin bezels and super thin profile, but with a brushed silver color. The two legged stand is a nice touch as it doesn't take a lot of attention away from the screen itself. The stand does add a few inches of depth. Wall mounting this TV would really highlight just how thin it is. The frame is aluminum, which is a nice touch and speaks to the known reliability of Sharp's TVs.
Value Rating: 85/100
The Sharp LC-60UQ17 LED TV has plenty of high points to make it a good buy for your TV room, especially the future-proof ability to display 4K signals. Flat picture depth and shoddy sound quality are hits to the overall package, but don't take it out of the running. A retail price of $2,500 (sometimes less from online retailers) may make it hard to compete with TVs like the Samsung UN60H6400 going for $1,700 (non 4K playback). The most redeeming quality about the UQ17 is the ability to accept and play 4K signals on a 1080p TV.
Overall Rating: 84/100
- 60-1/32" Diagonal Screen Measurement
- 240Hz Refresh Rate Panel
- AquoMotion 960
- 4 (4K Ready) HDMI inputs
- 15 watt Subwoofer
- Bluetooth Audio
- Dual Core Processor
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