Toshiba 46vl753

That all-important design is not especially impressive at first glance. The set certainly isn't ugly, with its one-layer fascia and glassy black bezel offset by a neat silver metallic trim, but it isn't as distinctive as might have been expected.

Look closer, though and Jacob Jensen's industrial influences become more apparent. For a start, the set is exceptionally thin; just 2.89cm from front to back. The wall-mount for the TV has been designed to be as thin as possible too. Then there's a tasteful backlit touch panel set of controls integrated into the fascia that's invisible when not in use, while the desktop stand is made from high-quality brushed metal and the chassis is, as a whole, fairly plastic-free. The build quality exudes class, even if the set's overall look is less interesting than it might have been.

Turning to the set's skinny rear, it's good to find that Toshiba has realised that many people will probably want to hang such a thin TV on the wall, and so has positioned all the connections so that they're accessible from the side rather than just sticking straight out from the rear. As with some of Samsung's thinnest TVs, this has required Toshiba to provided 'shrinking' adaptors for some connections, including the component, composite and Scart inputs.

Elsewhere, you get four HDMIs, an Ethernet port and a couple of USB inputs – a pretty presentable collection, though probably no more than should be expected of a £1,500 46in TV these days.

The Ethernet port provides mandatory support for the set's built-in Freeview HD tuner, access to files stored on a DLNA PC as well as access to YouTube and the BBC iPlayer. Support for the latter is always a boon and it is also pleasing to discover that the platform on the 46VL758 supports HD, as well as standard-def video streaming.

The 46VL758's online functions are a little unusual in that they don't appear to fall under any branded online umbrella service, like Panasonic's VieraCast or Samsung's Internet@TV: they just appear on the TV's multimedia onscreen menus. It's also quite odd to find the excellent iPlayer here while some more advanced TVs in online feature terms still haven't got it.

Overall, however, Toshiba is a few steps behind most of its big-brand rivals when it comes to online goodies.

Its DLNA function is rather awkward, thanks to an unwillingness to handle video codecs. Instead you have to hook it up to a PC with media rendering capabilities, which complicates matters no end for novice users and effectively means you'll need a computer equipped with the Windows 7 operating system if you want to enjoy a full set of DLNA features.

With this in mind, it's a relief to find that the USB ports support playback of DivX HD video files as well as JPEG photos and MP3 audio files.

You can also attach an optional dongle to one of the USBs to make the TV Wi-Fi ready if you want to jack it into your network wirelessly.

Turning our attention to the technology driving the 46VL758's pictures, it's no surprise – given the screen's slimness – to find it using edge LED backlighting. The native resolution is, inevitably, full HD, and the screen claims a high contrast ratio of 7,000,000:1, while its motion handling should benefit from 100Hz processing.

This 100Hz system is part of Toshiba's wider Active Vision LCD picture processing system, which works on almost all picture elements in a bid to make images better.

It's also nice to see Resolution+ making a comeback. This proprietary rescaling system for adding sharpness and detail to standard-definition sources has impressed in the past, but has sadly disappeared from the feature lists of many of Toshiba's 2010 lower-end sets.

Delving deeper into the 46VL758's menus additionally reveals Toshiba's most overt attempt yet to appeal to the hardcore AV enthusiasts. For tucked away in a couple of Advanced and Expert onscreen menus are some impressive colour and gamma management tools.

You can adjust the basic colour temperature, or hue, saturation and gain of all six of the main video colours. You can even elect to have just the red, green or blue image content on screen at any point, to help you fine tune colours more precisely. For gamma, there are simple static presets, a surprisingly useful black and white balance sliding bar and the facility to manually tinker with the set's gamma 'curve' via two- or 10-point methods.

Toshiba has even gone so far as to provide a test screen, with elements included on it that can help you adjust sharpness, contrast and colour settings.

Wrapping up the set's features is an interesting sound trick, called Sound Navi. This apparently increases the set's sound projection capabilities for people who've elected to hang the TV on the wall rather than use the provided desktop stand.