Toshiba 40RV753B review

Great value Freeview HD set with detail-boosting picture technology

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Toshiba 40rv753b

Toshiba hasn't done any major tweaking to the menu system on this year's TVs. Hit the Menu button – which is unhelpfully hidden away amid a cluster of other keys at the bottom of the remote – and up pops a black box in the middle of the screen, with a row of icons along the top and the relevant options listed below.

It's clear, concise and fairly easy to read from a typical viewing distance, but lacks the slickness and pizzazz of rival menu systems from the likes of Sony and LG.

The layout also feels longwinded in places, particularly when you want to access modes like Resolution+, which is buried in a submenu and should have been a lot easier to find. But in general the unfussy menu design makes it easy to find what you're looking for, which is a blessing as there's a wealth of options to discover.

The Picture menu puts all the basic adjustments on page one for casual viewers (including a range of presets), but tucks more advanced settings away in a submenu for those who want to calibrate the picture properly.

These include 3D Colour Management, Base Colour Adjustment and detailed colour temperature settings, the latter enabling you to tweak the balance of red, green and blue in the picture. You can also alter the black/white level, static gamma, noise reduction and loads more, while a Control Visualisation shows you the results of your adjustments. Videophiles will be in heaven.

Operating the set is a piece of cake thanks to the thoughtfully arranged remote. The central menu controls are ideally placed for the thumb, while the Return and Enter keys are positioned exactly where you'd expect to find them. Most of the other buttons are clearly labelled and carefully arranged – the only slip-up is the aforementioned poorly positioned Menu button.

Freeview is a mixed bag. The onscreen information banners are superb, packed with information (including the audio codec used and whether the programme is native HD or not). It also displays information about the current and subsequent programme, as well as recommending programmes that have just started on other channels. You can't browse any further ahead than the next programme, but hats off to Toshiba for such a intelligent, user-friendly design.

The eight-day Freeview EPG also looks great, with a programme grid that fills the screen, but during our test it was glitchy, surprisingly slow to populate and sluggish when moving from programme to programme. It's also a shame that you can't continue watching live TV as you browse.

It's great to see Toshiba embracing DLNA networking on such an affordably priced set, but it's a pity that it'll only work with Windows 7 laptops. We tried it out with a Vista laptop and although the TV could see the relevant folders, it wouldn't display the files within them.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA RV
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption114.40 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio50,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand682 mm
Width with Stand976 mm
Depth with Stand329 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Height623 mm
Width976 mm
Depth93 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesRV
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Product Model40RV753
Product NameREGZA 40RV753 40" LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40RV753B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 101.6cm (40") REGZA RV puts you at the heart of the action with its full HD 1080p resolution and integrated Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD channels all in a stylish black high-gloss design. Powered by Toshiba's MetaBrain processing engine, the REGZA RV features improved Resolution+ upscaling technology, which has been re-engineered to upscale any non-1080p source to provide sharper, clearer images.

Response Time8 ms
Weight (Approximate)15.30 kg