Toshiba 40BL702B review

Edge LED TV ideal for Virgin or Sky subscribers

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Different people want different things from a flatscreen telly, and the Toshiba 40BL702B has been specified to appeal to those only after the basics. Reasonably slim and uncontroversially designed, it does away with smart TV, 3D and even Freeview HD, and as such should be considered a basic television for those of us with subscription TV set-top boxes.

We liked

Heaped with various ins and outs and able to handle a plethora of digital video, music and photo files, the Toshiba 40BL702B reaches parts that not all entry-level TVs reach. It also offers an above average audio performance and great colours, while cutting out features that some users won't want to pay for - with the end result being a low price for considerable screen real estate.

We disliked

Motion blur is the main negative on a screen that fails to impress even with its cost-cutting attitude and low price taken into account. Picture noise is evident, as is some lacklustre upscaling of standard definition sources, which leaves its lack of a Freeview HD tuner seeming a crucial oversight. Even its basic digital tuner is scarred by a poor EPG that cuts sound and picture during use.

Final verdict

Although dogged by motion blur and a generally poor handling of standard definition sources, Toshiba's back-to-basics 40BL702B might appeal to Virgin Media, BT Vision and Sky subscribers with no wish for Freeview HD or smart TV, although when judged on picture alone there are more versatile options.

Also consider

Toshiba's 40RL953 is marginally more impressive (and expensive) and includes both Toshiba Places (the brand's smart TV platform) and a Freeview HD tuner.

In the wider market, we'd recommend either Samsung's UE40D5520 or Panasonic's TX-L37E5B. The former boasts smart TV, a Freeview HD tuner and startlingly good picture quality for less than £600 (around $940), while the identically priced latter - though three inches smaller - has perhaps the slickest smart TV service and an excellent all-round performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyBL702
EU Energy LabelB
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Weight with Stand (Approximate)14.60 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption68 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power16 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand632 mm
Width with Stand956 mm
Depth with Stand232 mm
Composite VideoYes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year99 kWh
Media PlayerYes
Height593 mm
Width956 mm
Depth40 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Product SeriesBL702
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Auto Program, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Auto-off, Hotel Mode, Sleep Timer, Child Lock
Product Model40BL702
Product Name40" Full High Definition LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number40BL702B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Witness stunning picture performance and a breathtaking overall viewing experience.

The 40BL702 delivers Full High Definition 1080p picture quality combined with all the benefits of LED technology for amazing colour, brightness and image clarity all in a thin, space-saving, gloss design.

The BL702 series also includes built-in Freeview digital TV access, so you can enjoy subscription-free access to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without the need for an additional set top box. Video, photo and audio playback is possible via a USB drive and multiple HDMI inputs and PC inputs make it easy to connect to other digital entertainment devices.

Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13 kg