Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV Review

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Updated September 28, 2022
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If you’re searching for the best 4K TV that emphasizes Android-supported apps, the Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV makes an admirable effort. Featuring good picture quality—it is ultra HD, after all—enhanced by Sharp Aquous, and with a refresh rate of 120Hz, this LED TV is equipped to handle casual use. Whether you’re gaming or enjoying a movie, it’s a huge step above FHD by a mile. Speaking of a step above, check out our top picks for the best TVs and why they are a step above the competition.

Why We Like It – Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV

As an Android TV, the Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV provides a central hub to access streaming apps quickly and easily while playing back everything in 4K with enhanced colors from Sharp Aquos. Being 4K and having a high refresh rate is nice, but if you want to take full advantage of a streaming box, you should check out the top TVs for Apple TV.

Pros
  • Good picture quality; 120Hz refresh rate
  • Access streaming apps, easily
  • Enhanced colors with Sharp Aquos
Cons
  • Overpriced and old
  • Lacks true HDR

Performance

When we say the Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV has “good picture quality,” it’s going a step up from the average, bare minimum of some 4K TVs. It plays back in 4K, yes, but it also does a little more through Sharp Aquos. This is the TV’s version of what’s essentially a form of HDR. It isn’t true HDR, but Sharp Aquos will provide extra colors that the 4K resolution doesn’t offer. It’s a welcomed improvement for cinema, while its 120Hz refresh rate provides a smoother experience for gaming. That still doesn’t stand against the Sony XBR-A1E OLED. If you like this TV but want something a step above, check out our Sharp LC 75N8000U TV review. Additionally, if you are looking for a great-sounding TV, read our Samsung Series 7 RU7100 review to see if it sounds like the one for you.

Design

The Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV is a whopping 70-inches—but, in reality, it’s more like 69.5-inches. More importantly, the smart TV’s app interface is incredibly easy to use. Wielding the remote control to access Google Play, Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Hulu, YouTube, and more, is intuitive—similar to the Samsung Q7F. Of course, you’ll need to connect to your home network. This can be done via Wi-Fi or Ethernet in the back. You’ll also find component composite video, if component video is your thing, along with x3 USB ports and x4 HDMI 2.0 ports. Smart TVs are also a great way of getting around needing a cable subscription. Check out how to set up a TV without cable to learn more, but do remember that some streaming apps require a subscription.

Related: Also, check out our Seura Shade Outdoor TV review.

Value

The Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV is, quite frankly, a slightly above-average 4K smart TV. It doesn’t do much to justify its $2000 price tag. Does it have a great app interface? Absolutely, perhaps the best we’ve seen. It’s simple, intuitive, and quick to access. And Sharp Aquos provides a nice boost to color performance. Unfortunately, there are dozens of newer models that offer better specs for lower prices, like the TCL 55R617 for just under $1250.

Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV Wrap Up

If we were still in 2015, we would’ve told you to jump on the Sharp LC-70UE30U 4K UHD TV. Having 4K UHD is nice, and with enhanced colors, a step behind HDR and 120Hz? It would’ve been a good budget 4K TV, but times have changed. Not even its great app interface can save it. If you can buy it dirt cheap, use your best judgment.

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