Sharp AQUOS LC60UA6800X
Sharp AQUOS LC60UA6800X
4K TVs are getting more and more affordable, now that the display resolution has been in the market for awhile. Often, this is also paired with HDR, since if you’re going to go for 4K resolution, why not also do the same for color dynamic range? And so with that, we come to the subject of our review this month, the Sharp AQuOS Lc60uA6800X.
Announced late last year for a 2018 release in the Malaysian market, the uA6800X is just about all that you’d want in a smart LED-backlit LcD TV (commonly but erroneously referred to as LED TVs). It’s got the full package when it comes to visuals – 4K resolution, HDR, and best of all, it uses Android TV for its OS. This is an understated feature, but we’ll get back to that later.
By now, 4K content shouldn’t be a rarity, but even if you’ve only got predominantly Full HD content, the uA6800X is capable of upscaling them to nearly ultra HD quality. This is thanks to the X4 Master Engine Pro II processor that also handles the HDR. Sharp calls it ultra HDR, but really, it’s the usual HDR10 format that you’d have heard of before.
While the uA6800X was announced alongside another 4K TV last year, this one stands out because it has an extra feature, the Eilex PRISM audio technology. The uA6800X comes with two 10W speakers, which is quite the standard affair for TVs of its like. What Eilex PRISM does is tweak the audio output, making it so that you may sit anywhere in front of the TV and still hear the sounds as if you were sitting in the sweet spot where the sounds are most accurate. Sharp claims that this makes the TV’s sound production comparable to a soundbar minus the subwoofer, and while it definitely handled the mids and highs better than most other flat panel TVs, you’ll still want a soundbar at least if you’re serious about the audio quality that you’re getting.
Next, we get to the Android TV OS. As an OS, Android TV has about an ideal an ecosystem as your regular Android phone. Most of the apps that you can find on your Android phone can be used on the uA6800X. This means that you can potentially have the TV do anything your Android phone or tablet can do, even if it means you’ll have to deal with the lack of a touchscreen and awkward controls using the TV remote.
But of course, what is a TV if it’s not about the visuals, first and foremost? When playing back 4K HDR content, we’re happy to say that you get sharp images and natural, lifelike colors. The only issue here is that HDR is always active, so there’s no way to watch HDR content with HDR turned off.
A 60-inch 4k uhD TV that easily expands your entertainment options.
The microphone that you’ll use for voice commands is on the front of the remote rather than at the bottom, so that you can use it more naturally, without needing to bring the remote up to your face.