Toshiba 40L6353 review

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

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The Toshiba 40L6353 is a stripped-down effort to reproduce what most of the other major TV brands are offering for a higher price. However, without the processing power it needs there's nothing smart about many aspects of Cloud TV.

We liked

A great selection of ins and outs is welcome, and four HDMI ports at this price is an industry first. The price is hard to argue with for such as big TV, and if all you ever use are the apps for BBC iPlayer, Blinkbox and Netflix, then Cloud TV has arguably done its job.

HD pictures look sharp and colourful, while audio is good enough for living rooms. Digital media support is good, too, as is the built-in EPG.

We disliked

Aside from the lack of a dual-core processor, the Toshiba 40L6353 lacks the UK-centric catch-up TV apps and Lovefilm, while the various free smartphone and tablet apps need some streamlining.

Standard definition lacks sparkle and there is some noticeable blur and judder. MKV files can't be streamed over a network.

Final verdict

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Why offer smart TV apps but not the power to navigate them? The Toshiba 40L6353 has bitten off more than it can process, though Cloud TV's niggles go deeper than a mere lack of power. Some forgivable image flaws aside, the Toshiba 40L6353 puts in an impressive though unremarkable picture performance, ditto sound.

£599 (around US$935 / AU$1,020) is a decent price for a 40-inch TV with access to apps, but the Toshiba 40L6353 badly needs a dual-core processor to bring it up to speed.

Without that, Cloud TV can be a painfully slow experience. So slow, in fact, that those looking for a smart TV will be disappointed; it's best thought of as an occasional feature at best.

Is this the best value big brand 40-inch TV around? Judged purely on size, possibly, but it's not without a large number of flaws.

Also consider

Toshiba doesn't have too many rivals at this low price-point, but a notable competitor is the Finlux 40F8030-T, with which it shares core characteristics - both positive and negative.

Spend another hundred pounds or so and the Toshiba 40L6353 is inevitably totally surpassed by high-powered smart TVs such as the Samsung UE40F6400 and Panasonic TX-L42E6B.

Or, stay in Toshiba's range and step up to the L7 Series and the Toshiba 40L7355 (£650), which gives you Cloud TV, active shutter 3D, two pairs of 3D specs and a slimmer design.

First reviewed 19 August

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