Sharp LC-42LB261U TV review with 60Hz, 120Hz confusion

By Alan Ng - Nov 29, 2014

With the emergence of 4K Ultra HD TV models now accessible on the market, it has caused many manufacturers to drop the price of their LED models in turn. As a result, the Sharp LC-42LB261U 42-inch TV is one model that is available with a discount and you may be interested in making a purchase during the shopping period.

Sharp TV models may not be as popular as the likes of Sony and Samsung, but they have a reputation for delivering a really good picture quality and one that tends to offer brighter levels than competitors.

The Sharp LC-42LB261U specs include a 42-inch display that offers a full HD resolution of 1920×1080 and LED backlighting. There’s also a dynamic contrast ratio of 4,000,000:1, a refresh rate of 60Hz and 3 HDMI outputs.

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One of the highlights of this TV is that it includes MHL support, which means that it is certified when using devices such as the Roku Streaming media stick.

As a result, it essentially transforms the Sharp LC-42LB261U into a Smart TV with Roku offering app streaming with Netflix, ESPN, Hulu and much more.

One word of warning those as this TV does not include WiFi access for those that are wanting to know if it’s internet ready. There’s also some confusion as to what is the true refresh rate is on this television.

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It is advertised as a 120Hz TV over at Best Buy’s listing here and then by Sharp themselves at the top of their product listing here. However, if you scroll further down the page you will actually notice that a 60Hz refresh rate is stated by Sharp.

We have done some digging around regarding this and we noticed that other consumers have noticed the changes in advertising for the Sharp LC-42LB261U here as well.

Put it this way, would it be such a big blow to you if it turned out to be a 60Hz TV rather than a 120Hz one? You can read through some Sharp LC-42LB261U reviews here for further opinion, then let us know your thoughts on this Sharp 42″ Class LED 1080p HDTV below.

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  • John

    Considering I would buy a new 1080p TV to watch blue rays at 24 hz, it makes a big difference whether I can get a proper multiple of 24 to avoid dropped frames!

  • anonymous

    it states that the POWER source is 60 Hz…. NOT the refresh rate. check the facts before you make a statement like this. It does have a 120 Hz refresh rate

    • Kevin Williams

      Can you provide a link to the specs you’re referring to? I was thinking about pulling the trigger on this one.

  • William Swartzendruber

    “Put it this way, would it be such a big blow to you if it turned out to be a 60Hz TV rather than a 120Hz one?”

    Yes! It’s called false advertising and I have no respect or tolerance for that.