Toshiba 40RL953 review

This mid-range Freeview HD screen is no triumph for Toshiba

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  • Attractive design
  • Decent on-demand service
  • Good selection of picture tools
  • Broad USB multimedia compatibility


  • Soft Freeview pics
  • Occasional judder
  • Beast of a remote control
  • Toshiba Places needs to grow

After successfully playing smart TV catchup with some of its more innovative rivals and increasing its television sales by over 30 per cent last year, Toshiba is now aiming to consolidate its position as a dominant force at the value end of the TV market.

The Toshiba 40RL953 is a no-nonsense 40-inch screen that eschews the distraction of 3D and some of the premium features of Toshiba's higher spec TVs, including its CEVO picture processor.

Not that this is a basic model, with plenty of picture processing tweaks, a contemporary-looking operating system and the latest incarnation of the Toshiba Places online portal among the Toshiba 40RL953's main attractions.

Having turned its back on the 37-inch screen for the RL953 series, Toshiba's only alternative to the 40RL953 in terms of screen size is the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL953.

If you've got your heart set on a 40-inch screen then there are three other Toshiba TVs to tempt you, all priced fairly closely together and with subtle spec differences. The step-up £549 Toshiba 40TL868B adds active 3D playback, and is also available in 46-inch size.

Then there is the basic Toshiba 40BL702B, which sells for £429 and lacks a Freeview HD tuner and Blu-ray 24p playback mode.

The most similar Toshiba 40-inch model to the 40RL953 is the £500 Toshiba 40RL858B, which has a silver grey frame, higher brightness and contrast, a 100Hz panel and a less contemporary-looking operating system.

Toshiba 40RL953 review

If you want the delights of local LED dimming and more sophisticated CEVO engine processing you need to set your sights on bigger screens (all with 3D) such as the 42-inch Toshiba 42WL863B, 46-inch Toshiba 46WL863B and 42-inch Toshiba 42YL863B.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyRL953
EU Energy LabelA+
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Motion Interpolation Technology100 Active Motion Rate
Height506 mm
Width735 mm
Depth206 mm
Brightness350 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL953
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Hotel Mode
Product Model40RL953
Product Name40" Smart LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number40RL953B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 40" RL953 Smart TV series brings more quality content and connectivity to your home.

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 movies, Flickr, Aupeo internet radio and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The added convenience of smartphone & tablet remote control operation is also included.

Package Contents
  • 40" Smart LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Battery
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand Integrated
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14 kg