Toshiba 40RV753B review

Great value Freeview HD set with detail-boosting picture technology

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For

  • Generally pleasing HD pictures
  • Resolution+ upscaling
  • USB ports and DLNA streaming
  • Decent sound quality
  • Freeview now/next banners

Against

  • Motion causes soft detail and blur
  • DLNA for Windows 7 only
  • Sluggish EPG
  • Limited viewing angle

LED backlighting is currently all the rage, but Toshiba reserves that luxury for its top-end WL and SL Regza ranges. If your budget can't quite stretch that far, then the company's RV range packs many of the eye-catching features found on those premium models into traditional CCFL LCD sets, all for a more wallet-friendly price.

Toshiba calls RV its 'everyday' TV range, presumably because it's aimed at people who aren't necessarily looking for the ultimate picture quality – just a good-value set that'll do a decent job with TV shows and the occasional Blu-ray movie.

But despite the alluring price tag you still get a lot of features for your money, the most significant of which is a built-in Freeview HD tuner that brings all three of those lovely high-definition channels to your screen through a rooftop aerial without a black box in sight.

The RV range comes in three sizes – 32in, 37in and 40in – making it ideal for modest sized rooms, but if you want anything bigger you'll need to step up to the XV range, which includes a 46in set, or the WL range, which includes 46 and 55in models.

Aesthetically, the RV sets are characterised by their sleek, gloss-black finish, curved swivel stand and a gently gradated silver strip below the screen. There's none of the flush-bezel jazziness of Sony's Monolithic or LG's Infinia sets – this frame is as chunky as they come – and compared with most LED sets, the Toshiba could be considered a little portly. But overall the 40RV735B is an attractive TV that's sure to enhance any room.

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°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand682 mm
Width with Stand976 mm
Depth with Stand329 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Height623 mm
Width976 mm
Depth93 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesRV
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model40RV753
Product NameREGZA 40RV753 40" LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40RV753B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)15.30 kg