Toshiba 40SL753 review

Toshiba makes its edge LED debut, with hit and miss results

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  • Tasteful design
  • Fair value
  • Bright and colourful picture
  • Black level response
  • Good connectivity


  • Bland operating system
  • Backlight inconsistency
  • Slight motion blur
  • Very limited viewing angle
  • No online features
  • DNLA only works with Windows 7

Toshiba has been doing brisk business over the past year or two at the budget end of the LCD TV market. Which has been good news for the consumer, since the brand has delivered more quality bangs per buck than any of the more traditional budget-oriented brands.

However, the preoccupation with value has caused Toshiba to fall a little behind the curve in technological terms. For instance, none of its TVs has so far featured online connectivity. And even more surprisingly, none of its TVs have so far used edge LED technology. Until now.

The 40SL753 is a 40-inch LCD TV that uses LEDs ranged around the edges of its screen to light its pictures and to enabling that impressively slim profile.

It doesn't aspire to the slenderness of Samsung's edge LED range, but it's certainly trimmer than Toshiba's usually chunky efforts.

While the SL753 series is the first edge-lit Toshiba TV we've tested, it's not the only one in the manufacturer's lineup.

The premium WL753 series adds YouTube connectivity and 200Hz to the SL753's specification and comes in 40-inch (40WL753), 46-inch (46WL753) and 55-inch (55WL753) flavours, while the SL753 series is also available in 32-inch and 46-inch options in addition to the 40-inch model on test here.

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
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA SL753
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption135 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand682 mm
Width with Stand1007 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height639 mm
Width1007 mm
Depth50 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesSL753
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Favorite Channel Selection
Product Model40SL753
Product NameREGZA 40SL753 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40SL753
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • Remote Control
Response Time4 ms
Weight (Approximate)15 kg