The Sharp N7000U runs the middle ground between low-end budget screens and high spec top-of-the-range models. In the US, Sharp is owned by Hisense, and so, not surprisingly, the two brands share many similarities, such as the smart software interface, and build styling. Here, we take a closer look.
Sharp LC-55N7000U 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016 Model)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz (Native)
- Backlight: LED
- Smart Functionality: Yes
- Dimensions (W x H x D): TV with stand: 49.0" x 30.4" x 9.2"
- Inputs: 1 built-in tuner, 4 HDMI ports, 3 USB ports, 1 digital audio output, 1 earphone audio output, 1 RCA component input, 1 RCA composite input
The Sharp N7000U runs the middle ground between low-end budget screens and high spec top-of-the-range models. In the US, Sharp is owned by Hisense, and so, not surprisingly, the two brands share many similarities, such as the smart software interface, and build styling.
With a decent build quality, elegantly slim bezels, and good, solid, yet unobtrusive, feet, this has a distinctly retro look that would fit perfectly into any contemporary interior. Added to that, the semi-matte screen, designed to minimize reflections, provides an interesting touch. Nicely thin thanks to the edge lighting, the screen would sit comfortably on a wall, whilst still allowing access to the multiple ports that include 4 HDMI and 3 USB.
Performance-wise, the 4K HDR technology offers an impressively accurate color clarity, lending a rich, plushness to every image. Realistic rendering runs alongside an excellent native contrast ratio to bring a true-to-life quality to the picture, with deep, dark blacks, and whites that don’t overwhelm or leave a halo of bloom behind.
Sharp have replaced local dimming with ‘Dynamic Backlight Control‘, however, this appears to be more along the lines of frame dimming, which can detract from any on-screen action. With this option toggled off, the dimming quality was improved.
Generally, textures and detailing are nicely replicated. It could be argued that the N7000U lacks the precision of the leading LG and Samsung models, but at less than half the price, we’re not going to complain.
AquoMotion ensures that the fastest action scenes run smoothly, and any judder as the result of the 60Hz refresh rate, is only noticeable when comparing screens side by side, and doesn’t detract from the immersive TV experience.
The dbx-tv sound technology and built-in speakers, together, offer a well-rounded performance, with no harmonic distortion even at higher decibels, while the frequency response remains constant throughout the volume range. To be fair, a soundbar would improve the overall acoustic journey, but it isn’t a necessary addition, and the quality that’s offered provides a decent audio soundscape.
Equipped with pre-programmed apps, including Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook, the smart interface, Opera, is pretty good, and allows access to the Opera store for downloading a vast choice of apps. Web browsing is always better from the sofa, and the gameplay features are great. Photos and videos can be played from a USB, and the N7000U makes light work of, accurately and efficiently, multitasking as a home hub for all your smart devices.
All in all, the N7000U is a good choice if you’re looking for a smart TV that won’t break the bank but has everything you need, and a bit more. Whilst it’ll never beat the big boys, market leaders LG and Samsung, this TV gives a good, solid performance and provides plenty of bang for your buck.
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