Toshiba 46TL963 review

The very definition of cheap and cheerful

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Great Value


Things start badly in this department, thanks to the Toshiba 46TL963's remote. For starters it's very uncomfortable to hold, thanks to a combination of its unusually large size, weird top-heaviness and slippery wedge shape.

But also unhelpful is its layout, because despite its extreme size, it still feels overcrowded, and doesn't always put the most important buttons in the most easy to access places.

Happily the Toshiba 46TL963's on-screen menus are much better. They employ an unusual concentric circle design where the bottom circle holds the main menu options and the upper circle shows the sub-menu options.

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This approach feels intuitive to navigate, and enables you to see a clearer path to most options than the usual simple list menu approach.

Also laudable in principle is the presentation of Toshiba's Places system, thanks to its colourful, friendly, customisable attempt to organise content into category folders.

Ironically, though, at present the sheer lack of content on the Places platform makes the use of so many themed content folders feel more like a barrier than a help.


Toshiba 46TL963 review

Unusually for a super-slim TV, the Toshiba 46TL963 sounds its best when running loud. At quiet volumes, the speakers just don't seem sensitive enough to deliver much detail or dynamism, yet driven harder the mid-range opens up nicely, good levels of treble detailing emerge, and there's even a bit of bass around.


Given how often during this review we've stated how much better the Toshiba 46TL963 is than the majority of its budget TV rivals, you can probably guess that we rate it very highly for value.

In fact, all things considered it's quite possibly the best value 46-inch TV we've seen so far this year.

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
Product FamilyTL963
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption145 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand687 mm
Width with Stand1056 mm
Depth with Stand235 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology200 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height555 mm
Width1056 mm
Depth56 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesTL963
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Hotel Mode
Product Model46TL963
Product Name46" Smart 3D LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number46TL963B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 46" TL963 combines the latest LED and Smart TV technologies with 3D-ready capabilities to cater for your entertainment needs both today and tomorrow. It delivers Full HD 1080p resolution images whether you are watching 2D or 3D and high speed AMR200 processing delivers fast moving images in stunning colour and clarity. 2D to 3D conversion and 3D depth control allow you to enjoy all your existing content in 3D.

Package Contents
  • 46" Smart 3D LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16 kg