Toshiba 40WL753 review

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

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Toshiba 40wl753

The 40WL753 is something of a mixed bag in terms of features. The most obvious absentee (apart from 3D playback, which you won't get at this price from any brand) is a connected TV portal, something that Sony, Samsung, Philips, Panasonic and LG are all offering.

Some might argue that the YouTube function, which gives you instant access to the millions of videos on that site, makes the 40WL753 a 'smart TV', but you need a few other services to play with before you can really make that claim.

On the other hand, Toshiba has embraced the concept of the TV as a multimedia hub, endowing the 40WL753 with DLNA networking via both wired and wireless connections and media file playback (mp3, JPEG and DivX) from USB (there are two inputs) and SDHC card. This makes it one of the better connected sets around.

More traditional TV features include an integrated Freeview HD tuner, a 1,920 x ,1080-pixel panel, edge-LED backlighting, 200HZ Active Vision M200HD processing, AutoView brightness adjustment and Toshiba's powerful Resolution+ upscaling engine.

Alongside the USB, Ethernet and SDHC ports, connections include four HDMI inputs (one side-mounted), a couple of Scarts (one RGB), component and composite video, a PC input and optical and analogue audio outputs, plus a dedicated subwoofer phono.

Picture adjustment modes run from the simplistic – a handful of presets including Standard, Movie and Dynamic – to the pleasantly in-depth. Knob-fiddlers will be grateful for the 40WL753's RGBCMY colour adjustment and RGB offset and gain tweaks, plus backlight, static gamma and black/white level control. Using these blindly may result in some undesirable pictures, of course, so it's best to get your hands on a calibration disc if you're serious about getting the best possible picture.

Toshiba 40wl753

It's probable that any new owner of the 40WL753 will hook it up to the web and have a shufti at the YouTube feature, but this is something that could do with a bit of work. There's no dedicated button on the handset to access it (why not?) and it seems to get stuck on the loading page.

Switching from YouTube XL (a TV-friendly version) to the Standard view works, but only a masochist would want to spend time navigating the normal online iteration with the TV's remote.

Oddly, switching back to YouTube XL seems to make it function perfectly, and before long you'll be wasting valuable testing time watching online videos – once you've used the remote to enter your search terms via an onscreen keyboard. Toshiba should take a leaf out of Philips' book and have alphanumeric keys on the handset.

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
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick, Secure Digital (SD)
Height639 mm
Width1007 mm
Depth49 mm
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
Product Model40WL753
Product NameREGZA 40WL753 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40WL753B
Manufacturer Website Address
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
  • Remote Control
  • Wireless LAN Dongle
Response Time5 ms
Weight (Approximate)19 kg