Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS 4K TV review with HDR danger

By Alan Ng - Nov 25, 2016

Sharp TVs are continuing to be a very popular choice of 4K TV to buy, especially for shoppers in the UK who are eager to pick up a bargain during the busy sales period.

The Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS Smart 4K Ultra HD 55 Inch LED TV with Freeview HD is one model which many of you may be interested in, currently selling at Tesco for the low price of £399 – as of November 2016.

This is a very attractive price point to say the least and for that price, Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS specs include a 55-inch LED display with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 3 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB ports, MHL port, DLNA, Miracast, web browser and full Smart apps with built-in WiFi.

It includes the likes of BBC iPlayer and YouTube out of the box, but it looks like if you want the Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS to support a Netflix app you will need to wait until Sharp issues a December 2016 firmware update.

With the general specs aside, we do need to warn you about some possibly major shortcomings about this model. Largely, the LC-55CUG8461KS does not support HDR and there is also no 4K upscaling or UHD dimming advertised.

Without HDR it means that you can’t use this TV to enjoy the full benefits of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S consoles. It also means you won’t be able to run Netflix in HDR mode which could be a major turnoff for many of you.

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We know that this information is hidden on Tesco’s listing and furthermore there isn’t even an official product listing for this model offered by Sharp online – Tesco also fail to give customers the Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS refresh rate publicly, which we expect is 50Hz in reality.

The best we could do is locate the Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS manual which you can download here. There are also no Sharp LC-55CUG8461KS reviews online whatsoever, so we would recommend that you really consider carefully if this is the 4K TV that you want to spend £300 on.

Alternatively, you can opt for this 40-inch Samsung 4K TV at Tesco which is available for £349 and does offer HDR technology.

Give us your thoughts on this and if you have any questions about this model, or agree that the lack of 4K features is worrying.

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Also See: Sharp LC-43LB481U 43-inch Roku TV review for November 2016

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