Sharp LC-50LB371U Review
The 50-inch Sharp LC-50LB371U (starting at $430, Amazon) has two things in its favor: It uses Roku's smart TV interface and it's super cheap. Experts praise the Roku menu as simple and easy to use. But, like other Roku-based TVs, this one has limited picture controls, and they're buried in the menu interface. A Sharp LC-50LB371U review from PCMag notes that the color accuracy is a little off, and because of the limited controls, viewers can't fine-tune the color. The contrast is reasonably good, however.
A CNET reviewer likewise raves about the Roku interface and found the color accuracy to be off. The image quality of the Sharp LC-50LB371U simply isn't as good as competing budget TVs, according to this expert. Unlike other direct-lit LED TVs such as the Vizio E Series, this model doesn't have local dimming. The reviewer does appreciate the three HDMI ports. Many budget TVs have only two.
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The Sharp LC-50LB371U also has a component/composite port, a DVI port, and a USB port. The Roku interface on this Wi-Fi-enabled smart TV includes about 2,000 apps, including popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. This is a 1080p HDTV with an LED panel and a 60 Hz refresh rate.
Sharp's decision to incorporate the Roku interface into this smart TV was certainly a good one, and a 50-inch TV for just over $400 is worthy of attention. But the picture quality of the Sharp LC-50LB371U leaves something to be desired. Reviewers agree its color accuracy is off, and due to the sparse picture controls, there's no way to dial it in just right.