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 delivers a picture performance in tune with the TV's general demeanour: solid, but never stunning.

Standard-def Freeview pictures are presented quite cleanly, so while they can look soft, they're free from artefacting. It's here where you should activate the Resolution+ feature, as this definitely improves detailing on SD material without any noticeable side-effects. Unfortunately, to do this you have to delve into the advanced settings menu, when, again it would have made sense to have a dedicated button somewhere on the remote control.

Stepping up to Freeview HD channels brings the expected jump in quality, with the the 40WL753 displaying the hi-def BBC channel with plenty of fine detail and crisp edges.
Blu-rays provide an even better HD experience – Knight and Day is sharper than a mouthful of lemon juice.

Overall, the colour rendering of the 40WL753 is very good. Tones look natural (with the exception of some orangey reds, but that's generally true of most mid-range flatscreens) and don't suffer from obvious banding. They do, however, lack a bit of pop, something we attribute to the TV's less than first-rate contrast.

Toshiba's LED backlighting system, bereft of any local dimming technology, struggles to deliver peak whites and deep blacks at the same time. On a standard 100 per cent white to 100 per cent black gradated test image, the 100% black portion is not as dark as it should be. Adjusting the backlight to compensate this affects the overall brightness. There are some greyscaling issues, too.

It is possible to achieve more colour vibrancy by ramping up the contrast level in the picture settings menu, but this results in an oversaturated image with crushed, unrealistic blacks.

In the end, despite the tweaks available, it's nigh-on impossible to contrive a picture performance that marries vibrant bright colours to detailed, deep black levels.

Toshiba 40wl753

This average contrast performance is something of a shame, as elsewhere the 40WL753 acquits itself well. Demanding test images and patterns are handled well particularly in terms of deinterlacing and mosquito/block noise.

Judder, even on fast-moving pans (both horizontally and vertically) is limited, and calling on the talents of Active Vision 200MHD processing manages to smooth things out subtly without damaging picture detail.

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