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Sharp 32 and 36-inch Gaming LCD TVs

by December 04, 2006
Filed under: Miscellaneous

We visited Sharp today at CES and looked at the GP1U series of Full HD 1080p AQUOS Liquid Crystal Televisions (LCD TVs), created specifically for gamers, in widescreen 32- and 37-inch screen sizes. The 16:9 LCD TVs boast a new feature called Vyper Drive, which can handle the highest frame rates of even the most punishing video games.

The Vyper Drive feature reduces the lag time between the game console input and the TV display. A special "Game Mode" button on the remote control provides gamers quick access to the side terminal inputs, which are positioned for easy and convenient connection to a video game console and also activates Vyper Drive. The GP1U series' side-placed video terminals include a full array of connection options, including HDMI, component and composite input. The HDMI and component inputs are compatible with 1080p signals from today's most advanced video games.

The GP1U series also packs all the features found on a traditional cutting-edge HDTV, including Full HD 1080p resolution, thanks to the 1920 x 1080 Advanced Super View Panel with 4-wavelength backlight system. Dynamic Contrast Ratio is an impressive 10,000:1 on the 32-inch and 8500:1 on the 37-inch. Pixel response time of 6ms delivers smooth video playback in fast-moving sports and action sequences.

As with all HD AQUOS models, the GP1U sets come with built-in ATSC, QAM and NTSC tuners, offering compatibility with all available analog and digital over-the-air and cable TV programming. The robust palette of video inputs includes two sets of component inputs and three HDMI inputs that are compatible with 1080p signals from Blu-Ray and advanced gaming devices. A DVI-I terminal, also 1080p compatible, provides easy connectivity to a PC.

The LC-32GP1U and LC-37GP1U feature a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, allowing viewers to get a full view of the screen even when sitting off to the side.

The LC-32GP1U and LC-37GP1U feature a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees, allowing viewers to get a full view of the screen even when sitting off to the side. Thanks to the high brightness rating (450 cd/m 2) of the GP1U series, viewers experience a bright image whether in low-light or fully-lit settings. The long-life backlight system provides 60,000 viewing hours under normal viewing conditions, and the bottom-placed speaker design reduces the overall width of the TV for a better fit inside cabinets and armoires.

Pricing & Availability

The LC-32GP1U and LC-37GP1U will be available in March for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs) of $1,699.99 and $1,999.99, respectively.

For more information on Sharp's full line of Liquid Crystal Televisions, contact Sharp Electronics Corporation, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at sharpusa.com.

About the author:

Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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