Sharp Aquos LC-40LE810UN LED LCD HDTV
A 40-inch TV with a zany twist: yellow pixels. With a modest cost and Netflix streaming, we really wanted to like it.
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.
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.
The widgets are customizable in the "My Sidebar Widgets" menu.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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