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Sharp Aquos LC40CT2E review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £479
inc VAT

The Sharp LC40CT is very cheap, but the poor image quality means that it's not worth buying.


40in, Freeview HD, analogue, 1920×1080 resolution, 3D: no, 3x HDMI

The Sharp LC40CT2E is incredibly cheap for a 40in LCD TV from a big brand, and it’s a cheaper than a lot of 32in models. But as always, a low price doesn’t necessarily mean good value. The LC40CT2E may be cheap, but its budget roots show through in its performance.

Sharp Aquos LC40CT2E

At first glance the Sharp looks every inch a budget option, with its plain looks making it appear quite data. We’re not in the habit of judging a book (or TV) by its cover, so let’s look at what’s under its skin.

Sharp Aquos LC40CT2E side

The story doesn’t improve when it comes to connection options, with the LC40CT2E having only three HDMI ports, while every other 40in screen we’ve seen recently has four. There’s also a component input, two SCART, one composite and, surprisingly, an S-Video port. You also get a VGA port for hooking up a PC, and we’re glad to say that the TV had no problem displaying a PC desktop at its native 1,920×1,080 resolution.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **


Viewable size 40in
Native resolution 1920×1080
1080p support Yes
Aspect ratio 16:9
HD ready yes
3D capable no
Contrast ratio 20,000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness 500cd/m²
Speakers 2x 6W
Bezel (top/side/bottom) 38mm/40mm/70mm
Screen depth 99mm
Screen elevation 115mm
Stand size (WxD) 520x220mm


DVI inputs 0
D-sub inputs 1
HDMI inputs 3
Component inputs 1
S-Video input 1
Composite inputs 1
Audio outputs coaxial S/PDIF out, 1x stereo phono
Other Sub out, CI Slot, 2x USB


Tuner type Freeview HD, analogue
EPG 8 day, Now and Next


Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 170W

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £479

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