Sharp LC-70LE735U Review
70" 3D Capable LCD/LED TV
First of all, realize that a 70" screen size measured diagonally is 62% larger than a 55" screen size – a huge difference. One of the hottest new TVs from Sharp for 2011 is the 70LE735 LED TV. Though we believe Energy Star ratings are overated for TVs in general, this TV has received all of its prerequisites for the new Energy Star 5.1 specifications for on-power measured.
Picture and Viewing Features
I was very impressed with the Sharp LED 3D TVs at CES 2011. The two Sharp Quad pixel technology 3D TVs (the 70LE735 being one of them) won our Editors Choice Award for Best 3D LED TV at the show. The 70LE735 has edge lit full array local dimming (number of zones not published). The TV displayed the animated Blu Ray 3D edition of Despicable Me and we were obviously impressed by the picture. There was hardly any flicker. This was one of the best 3D TV images we saw on a non-Plasma 3D TV. Colors were vibrant and I didnt notice any blur in the bottom right or left edges of the picture. The test was a true one with active shutter glasses on the face (not a stationary stand). The hurdle the Sharp 3D TVs could not conquer was the overwhelming distraction when a bright light flashes across a dark background.
I have not been a big believer of the 4th color (Yellow) Quattron, Quad pixel technology in the past, but I am becoming one now after many more reviews of the product. The 4th color element contained within each pixel gives Sharp almost a Trillion colors to manipulate. There are 21 million more dots in the subpixels than a 3 color subpixel 1366 X 1020 (1080p) panel, thus the pictures color can be more detailed. Sharp's Quattron picture is impressing more and more with its vibrant colors (especially yellow and gold tones) and extremely vibrant color detail.
The 70LE735 is an attractive TV with black gloss bezel, much thinner than the TVs it is replacing, the 60E88 series. The depth of the TV is just 2" which is thin for a 70" TV.
Internet Applications and Connectivity
The 70LE735 includes built in Wifi for access to Sharp's Internet TV suite which includes Pandora, Twitter, Flickr, Vudu, Netflix, Cinema Now as well as Sharp AQUOS Advantage Live which is an remote online live service offered by Sharp to help you personalize your settings for Internet the way you want them. Sharp is the only manufacturer with such a service.
Quattron, Quad pixel technology mentioned above. Excellent Yellow color tones.
Full Array Local Dimming from Edge Lit LED backlighting. While the LC-70LE735U will not have as good a 3D TV picture detail as the top end LE935 series due to the edge lit backlighting, it still has one of the better 3D TV pictures out there with active matrix processing.
240Hz. The 240Hz feature in the Sharp LED TVs is not as over-hyped in eliminating natural background blur as are some of the other competitors. This is a positive thing, as it leaves the picture looking more natural while eliminating much of the judder and jerky effects that are a problem on LED TVs.
-Robert Wiley, Editor