Sharp AQUOS LC60UA6800X

Sharp AQUOS LC60UA6800X

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - By Ian Chee

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.

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