Toshiba 40RL858B review

A versatile mid-range Edge LED TV offering excellent value for money

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Toshiba 40rl858b review

Reasonably slim, fairly adept with all sources and with a smart TV platform that's at least nominally engaging, Toshiba's 40RL858 is a classic mid-range TV.

We liked

A nicely cinematic, yet sharp treatment of Blu-ray and clean standard definition sources if you're careful to tweak, the Toshiba 40RL858's digital dimension appeals. BBC iPlayer's presence is also pleasing, as is its comprehensive digital file support.

We disliked

It may be of metallic design, but the Toshiba 40RL858's plastic frame won't fool all. Ditto Toshiba Places, which is scarred by a lack of must-have content and some interface oddities. Sound is poor, and saving picture presets isn't possible, while light leakage from the flanks can be distracting. A solo USB, no built-in Wi-Fi and a fiddly Freeview HD EPG can all annoy too.

Final verdict

A good value TV for a living room, Toshiba's 40RL858 is a classic mid-range set whose attempt at a smart TV platform is the low point on an otherwise capable performer. What it lacks in ultimate quality and ease of use it makes up for with versatility.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyREGZA RL858
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Operating Power Consumption89 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand505 mm
Width with Stand655 mm
Depth with Stand140 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports1
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL858
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Teletext, Auto-off, Hotel Mode, Auto Program
Product Model40RL858
Product Name40" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40RL858B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The REGZA RL858 LED series brings more quality content and connectivity to your living room. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD programmes, internet content and catch-up TV services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook.

You can also get access to a range of other online content from Acetrax, Flickr, Aupeo internet radio, Cartoon Network and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The added convenience of wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA and USB playback is also included.

Package Contents
  • 40" Smart LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)11.10 kg