The 55EQ4EA is a 55 inch 4K TV from Sharp, launched in the year 2022. It features a 10-bit VA panel.
The max. resolution it can display is 3840 x 2160 with a refresh rate of 60 Hz and a pixel density of 80 ppi.
After screen size and resolution, the next most important feature of a display is its Color Reproduction (defined by its color gamut specification).
Speaking of which, this TV comes with 94% DCI P3 color gamut coverage, which is equivalent to 128.18% sRGB coverage. The color accuracy on this TV will be Lifelike!
What Color Gamut means ?
Color gamut spec of a display indicates the range of colors that it can show.
A TV with poor color reproduction will produce washed out colors that will spoil the immersion.
It is specified in different units - sRGB,sRGB (standard RGB), NTSC 1953, DCI P3 Adobe RGB, rec.2020.
As for this TV its color gamut is specified using DCI P3.
But don't worry, here is a chart that will help you choosing a TV with good color accuracy.
Now, next in the list is Static Contrast.
Understanding the static contrast ratio
There are two types of contrast specifications for a TV. Static and Dynamic. We are interested in static contrast ratio. Dynamic doesn't matter much.
Static contrast defines the intensity of black levels. That is, a TV with static contrast ratio < 1000:1 will produce black images something like this:
Apart from that, such TVs are likely be prone to backlight bleeds that will affect your experience — as shown below.The image is an example of another display, it is not this one
Note that, static contrast ratio and resolution go hand in hand when it comes to details. To put it into perspective, a TV with low contrast ratio will produce less shades of colors, thus lesser detail overall.
If given a choice, I will prefer a FHD TV with high contrast ratio over a 4K TV with low contrast ratio.
There is no mention of this specification in the TV's official specsheet. Here we have to make an assumption. The static contrast ratio of this TV would be surely atleast 3000:1. As you know that this TV comes with a VA panel - VA panels always by nature offer high contrast ratios.
Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) are also supported on this TV.
As for brightness, it can go as bright as 500 nits. The backlight of this TV is powered by Direct LED technology.
If you are planning to use your TV just for content consumption, you can ignore these specifications. But if you are also planning to use the TV for playing games or use it as a PC monitor, you should get a TV with the lowest input lag and response time.
Unfortunately, we cannot find the input lag specification for this unit. Now, since this is not a cheap TV from Sharp, we can expect an input lag of less than 20ms.
What is Input lag ?
This lag is the latency at which key-presses/mouse movements changes the content of the screen. Though, this won't matter much if you aren't into competitive/FPS games like call of duty.
Although for better experience, look for a TV that has an input lag and response time of less than 20ms.
Ergonomics and Dimensions
Now, coming to ergonomics — a VESA mount with interface size of 200 x 200 mm is provided for wall-mounting. However, there is no Swivel, Tilt or Pivot feature support on this TV.
The vertical and horizontal measurements of this TV are 48.35 inches and 31.69 inches respectively. It is just 2.4 inches thick. In total, it weighs around 14.9 KGs. So plan your space accordingly.
Hardware and Audio
The UI on this TV is powered by Android 11 Operating System.
For display connectivity, there are four HDMI 2.0 ports and one AV Composite In 3.5 mm jack port on this TV.
To connect USB devices, you will have two USB 2.0 ports. Other connectivity ports include — 1x Satellite In (F-type female), 1x Antenna (RF) (female), 1x SD Memory Card Slot and 1x Ethernet RJ45.
Wireless connectivity options on the Sharp 55EQ4EA include Wi-Fi (5Ghz + 2.5Ghz), Wifi-Direct, Bluetooth and DLNA.
The Audio unit of this TV is powered by 2 x 15W speakers.
Speaking of power usage, it consumes 160W on average and 0.5W on standby.
It supports a power outlet of 100 V - 120 V/50 Hz - 60 Hz.