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Sharp Aquos LC-40D78UN LCD HDTV Review

40 in.

Not the best budget TV we’ve reviewed, but it gets the job done for a reasonable price.

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Overall Design

The Sharp LC-40D78UN isn't ugly by any means, but it does have that sort of bland, generic aesthetic that makes it nearly impossible to differentiate from dozens of other HDTVs. Many of the major manufacturers are investing in design lately, but it appears Sharp is giving that fad a pass. If you don't really care if your TV has 0.20mm-thin bezels, or a single sheet of glass for a facade, this TV will be fine.

Front

The Sharp LN-40D78UN features the glossy black bezel that's looking increasingly out of date for a modern HDTV. There's a bit of branding and some LED indicators along the bottom bezel.

Front Tour Image

Back

The back of the TV has a group of ports off to the right side. These ports are indented fairly far from the side of the TV, which might make them a bit harder to access.

Back Tour Image

Sides

The right side of the TV is boring and doesn't have any features you should care about. The left side of the TV has some on-set controls and a handful of side-facing ports, though these ports are indented pretty far.

Sides Tour Image

Stand/Mount

The Sharp LC-40D78UN's stand is the same glossy black plastic slab that used to be ubiquitous in the days before before manufacturers starting emphasizing design. When you assemble the stand, you insert two metal splits into the display, then screw the base onto those. The metal splints seem sturdy enough, but the base seems to be made out of very cheap plastic. It should be fine for normal use, but it doesn't inspire much confidence.

Stand Photo

Controls

The TV's controls are located on its left side and let you perform all the basic functions. The one issue with Sharp HDTVs, however, is some functionality—such as switching the video mode—can only be accessed via remote.

Controls Photo

Remote Control

The Sharp LC-40D78UN's remote has a pretty basic layout. The d-pad is placed low on the remote, with the volume and channel changers placed to the right of the d-pad. Very few of the buttons have a unique shape or texture to allow for easy touch navigation, and the importance of the buttons doesn't relate to their size. It's a functional remote, but it's nothing outstanding.

Remote Control Photo
The Sharp LC-40D78UN's remote has a basic layout and doesn't do touch navigators any favors.

In the Box

The Sharp LC-40D78UN comes bundled with a remote, its batteries, and some manuals, but that's it. Don't expect to find any cables or other extras in the box.

The TV also requires a bit more setup than other TVs: you need to screw two metal poles into the TV.

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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. Samsung LN40C630 Comparison
  13. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P42S1 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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