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Toshiba 40WL753 review

Can Toshiba's networkable Freeview HD LED TV help it catch up with its flatscreen rivals?

Our Verdict

For

  • Resolution+ standard-def upscaling
  • Artefact-free SD and HD pictures
  • Plenty of connections
  • Easy-to-use remote and interface
  • Motion processing is subtle yet effective

Against

  • Mediocre contrast levels
  • Audio lacks warmth
  • Square-edged design
  • YouTube function is frustrating to use
  • Supplied manual is far too perfunctory

Toshiba has struggled somewhat since the demise of its HD DVD hi-def disc format. Late on the Blu-ray bandwagon and slow to announce a 3D set, the brand will be hoping its 2010 flatscreens help it reclaim some lost ground.

The 40WL753 is the manufacturer's flagship until the 3D WL768 arrives in the coming weeks (and hopefully followed by the long-awaited, super-smart CEVO TV next year). With a price of around £800, it's in competition with models like Samsung's UE40C6510, Panasonic's TX-P42G20B and Sony's 40EX503.

The WL range is three-strong, with 46-inch and 55-inch models also available. Other Freeview HD-integrated sets in Toshiba's stable include the step-down SL range (in 32, 40 and 46-inch flavours) and the CCFL-based RV lineup (32, 37 and 40-inch).

Once out of the box the 40WL753 cuts a curious figure. It's plain compared to some of its rivals, with square edges that are out of step with the current vogue for curves.

And although the tinted glass bezel is easy on the eye, it is more than two inches across, which will seem chunky to anyone who prefers looking at the screen, rather than the frame around it.

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 Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA WL
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption134.30 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio6,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick, Secure Digital (SD)
Height639 mm
Width1007 mm
Depth49 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesWL
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model40WL753
Product NameREGZA 40WL753 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40WL753B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Providing a premium high definition experience, the 101.6cm (40") REGZA WL combines LED technology and 200Hz picture processing to give you incredible image quality and performance all housed in an ultra-slim and stylish design. The LED backlight provides new levels of picture clarity by constantly adapting to the content showing on the screen. Colours are more vibrant and contrast between light and dark is more pronounced, providing dramatically improved performance whilst also reducing energy consumption. Freeview HD is built-in for access to terrestrial HD broadcast through your existing aerial without subscription. Impressive sound is aided by Dolby Volume and Toshiba SoundNavi. Integrated DLNA technology allows you to stream multimedia content from your Windows 7 laptop and built-in YouTube access allows you to watch YouTube clips directly on your TV.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 40WL753 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Wireless LAN Dongle
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)19 kg