Toshiba 40L6353 review

Half-price 40-inch TV with half-power smart TV

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Our main issue with the Toshiba 40L6353 is speed - or lack of. Navigating the on-screen menus can be slow, with commands issued from the remote control taking too long - more than a few seconds - to be received and acted upon. It regularly borders on being upsetting.

Press the Cloud TV button and wait nine seconds - yup, nine - and Toshiba's smart TV platform loads up.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

We do like how Cloud TV is presented, at least in terms of structure. The temperature reading at the base of the Home screen is frivolous, but useful.

The live TV (or live source) screen at the centre of the Home page is welcome - it's just big enough to be useful, and gives you the TV channel name, programme name and even the broadcast's scheduled timings.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

An Events section shows Twitter feeds relating to the top three most popular programmes currently being broadcast on TV. If you have no interest in celebrities and mainly watch BBC 4, then Cloud TV is really not for you.

The Premium Apps page is dogged by very loud video promos for Viewster, Netflix and Deezer. Why should buyers of a TV ever be subjected to adverts within the TV's user interface? They shouldn't.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

On the Home screen's left-hand side is a grid of Featured apps, while on the right is the Tools section. Here are links to the Toshiba 40L6353's web browser, Skype and Intel WiDi, as well as to My Music, My Pictures and My Videos, which can be accessed either from a USB flash drive or via a networked computer.

The web browser shortcut defaults to Toshiba's TV home page, and is slow, long-winded and reliant on text entry from the remote control. You'll never use it.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

Despite several characteristics that make Cloud TV an acquired taste, we're still impressed that Toshiba has not crammed so much into Cloud TV without it looking too cluttered, but it's just too slow to appreciate in full.

The Toshiba 40L6353's search facility is similarly slow, but effective; laboriously punch in a search term using the remote and the Toshiba 40L6353 quickly produces a list of found items separated by source, though it's not always clear where it's finding its TV programmes and movies. There's also the small fact that neither ITV Player, 4OD or Five apps are included in Cloud TV, so any search of TV isn't exactly comprehensive.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

It can conduct a search of your attached USB flash drives and networked computers, too, though that entails firing up more (basic) software that takes well over 10 seconds to load before a search is even conducted.

The straightforward electronic programme guide (EPG) for Freeview HD is surprisingly rather excellent; schedules are provided for 13 channels over four hours across eight days. Within Cloud TV there's also an unfinished portal that shows programme details, such as cast and VOD options.

Toshiba 40L6353 review

The Toshiba 40L6353's handling of digital media is surprisingly good for a budget TV. Engaging My Music, My Photos or My Videos cuts Cloud TV dead to show a show a file system that looks more like a BBC computer from the 1980s than a smart TV from 2013, but file support is good.

We managed to get MKV, AVI, AVC HD and MP4 video files stored on a USB stick to play without issue, as well as MP3, WAV and OGG music. Swap to streaming from a networked PC or Mac and the MKV format isn't supported, however.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyL6353
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, NTSC, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption65 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand600 mm
Width with Stand922 mm
Depth with Stand182 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
Energy Consumption per Year56 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation Technology100 Active Motion & Resolution
Height544 mm
Width922 mm
Depth69 mm
ColourBrushed Aluminium
Brightness300 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemNICAM, Audyssey Volume Extension, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesL6353
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesWeb Browser, Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Auto Program
Product Model40L6353
Product Name40" L6353 Smart Edge LED TV With Freeview HD
Manufacturer Part Number40L6353DB
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe L6 is a Smart Full HD LED TV with built-in WiFi, access to Toshiba Cloud TV services, Freeview HD and AMR100 picture processing. All in a slim casing with brushed aluminium finish.
  • 102 cm (40") Smart LED TV
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, Intel WiDi and web browser
  • Toshiba Cloud TV including YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Netflix and much more
  • Built-in Freeview HD digital TV (Saorview - Eire)
  • Connections: 2x USB, 4x HDMI® incl. 1x HDMI® with MHL support
  • Colour: glossy black bezel with brushed aluminium finish
Package Contents
  • 40" L6353 Smart Edge LED TV With Freeview HD
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Remote Control Battery
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)5.85 kg