Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs
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Thursday, 24 April 2008

The Basics:
The LC-32GP3U is designed specifically for the gamer, but HDTV fans will like it, too. The Vyper Drive game mode cuts down on lag time between the gaming console and the video screen, the TV has a 6ms response time, and both an HDMI and component video input are located on the side panel for easier access. The remote includes a dedicated game button to quickly switch on the Vyper Drive when desired. This 32-inch model has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and it’s available in three colors: gloss black, red, or white. A slim speaker bar runs along the bottom of the screen, and a swiveling stand is included.

The TV has a generous connection panel that includes three HDMI inputs and two component video inputs, all of which accept a 1080p signal. It also has one PC input for the PC gamer who would like to use this as a computer monitor. There’s an RS-232 port for integration into an advanced control system, as well as a subwoofer audio output to connect an outboard subwoofer, so players can experience all the bass in their favorite games.

The menu has a solid but not extensive amount of picture controls, including eight picture modes, a basic color management system and an adjustable backlight that lets you tailor the TV’s light output to your viewing conditions. The OPC feature automatically adjusts image brightness based on your room’s lighting conditions. Aspect ratio options are plentiful, including a Dot by Dot mode for viewing 1080i/1080p signals with zero overscan.

The Upside:
The LC-32GP3U can produce a very attractive HD image, with rich colors, excellent detail and solid blacks for a traditional LCD. This TV has a stylish design and the Vyper Drive effectively reduces lag time for gamers. Its high light output and non-reflective screen make it a good choice for a brighter viewing environment.

The Downside:
It does not offer 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur and film judder, although these issues are less of a concern on a smaller screen. The viewing angle is only average, so the swiveling stand comes in handy. The 1080p spec adds to the bottom line, and its benefits are highly debatable at such a small screen size.

The LC-32GP3U costs more than many 32-inch HDTVs, but it offers an excellent assortment of features and renders a very attractive image in an equally attractive cabinet.
Manufacturer Sharp
Diagonal Screen Size 28 to 36-inches
# of HDMI Inputs 3
# of Component Video Inputs 2
HDMI Version 1.3
Native Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60Hz

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