No-frills UHD TV

Sharp AQUOS LC-60UA440X

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

There are many 4K UHD TVs avail­able in the mar­ket to­day, and among this ex­ten­sive list is the Sharp AQUOS LC-60UA440X. Launched late last year, this model is part of Sharp's Easy Smart range, which means that it of­fers easy ac­cess to YouTube, Net­flix, and the in­ter­net, thanks to an in­te­grated web browser.

Like most mod­ern TVs, the LC-60UA440X has LED back­light­ing, re­sult­ing in bet­ter im­age con­trast than tra­di­tional TVs that are il­lu­mi­nated by CCFL back­light­ing. Apart from that, the panel makes use of Sharp’s 4K Mas­ter En­gine Pro tech­nol­ogy, which is es­sen­tially a graph­ics sys­tem that pro­vides en­hanced 4K de­tails and colors.

For those who do not have an ex­ten­sive amount of 4K con­tent, worry not be­cause the LC-60UA440X comes with a 4K up­con­verter. This al­lows the TV to play Full HD con­tent, with en­hanced res­o­lu­tion and clar­ity, close to what you'd get when play­ing na­tive 4K con­tent.

In terms of func­tion­al­ity, the LC-60UA440X is best de­scribed as a no-frills TV. It's sim­ple to use, and it's in­cred­i­bly easy to ac­cess video stream­ing ser­vices, such as Net­flix and YouTube. In fact, the re­mote has two ded­i­cated but­tons for you to ac­cess these stream­ing op­tions.

At the back, you'll find one USB port that en­ables you to con­nect por­ta­ble flash drives or ex­ter­nal HDDs. You will then be able to ac­cess videos and pic­tures stored on these drives via a sim­ple and user-friendly in­ter­face.

The LC-60UA440X is also pretty tough. It con­forms to Sharp's '7 Shields' stan­dard, which means that this TV is able to with­stand more 'tor­ture' than your av­er­age TV. This in­cludes re­sis­tance to shock, light­ning, and high tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity, among other things.

To test this TV, we played sev­eral 4K video con­tent, and kept an eye out for color ac­cu­racy, con­trast, and of course, clar­ity. We're happy to re­port that the LC-60UA440X is in­deed a very ca­pa­ble TV. The amount of con­trast is great, but the colors are very slightly over­sat­u­rated. With a lit­tle bit of tweak­ing, color re­pro­duc­tion can be fairly ac­cu­rate. Im­ages are sharp, with very mi­nor ghost­ing that you'd likely not no­tice un­less you're sit­ting very close to the TV.

Over­all, the LC-60UA440X is a 4K UHD TV that will please anyone look­ing for a TV that's easy to use, and is able to con­nect to Net­flix with­out any

CON­CLU­SION A 60-inch 4K UHD TV that eas­ily ex­pands your en­ter­tain­ment op­tions.

Color is very slightly over­sat­u­rated, but this is eas­ily reme­died in the set­tings.

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