Toshiba 46YL863 review

  • £1299
  • $2000

Toshiba adds design panache to its Cevo technology in an almost brilliant 46-inch 3D TV

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Toshiba 46yl863 review

Usability

Toshiba has long persevered with a rather drab and long-winded text-only menu system that's still found on some of its more affordable TVs.

Happily, though, the brand has thought out of the box with the Toshiba 46YL863, producing an innovative and mostly effective on-screen menu system based around a neat and fluid 'concentric circles' design. Excellent.

The Places menus are very clean, colourful, logical and inviting for the most part, too, while the remote control is logically organised.

The auto-calibration kit is a bold attempt to make professional set up of a TV easier for normal folk to achieve too, even if its cost is prohibitive and its results not quite perfect.

Toshiba 46yl863 review

There are one or two usability problems, though. First, while the remote control's buttons are effective, the sliding silver sheath on the remote control - intended to cover up a series of rarely used buttons - makes it feel a bit faffy to hold and use.

The other annoyance occurs if you try to access either YouTube or the BBC iPlayer from within the Places menu. Even though there are icons there for both services, selecting them just generates a message telling you that you first need to exit the Places menus and access the two services through a different route. Daft.

Sound

TVs as skinny as the Toshiba 46YL863 notoriously find it difficult to produce all but the most basic of audio performances. But Toshiba's television set is an impressive exception to the rule.

For a start, it's able to play louder without succumbing to vibration or harshness than most of its 'size zero' rivals - a situation not harmed by the impressive robustness of its metallic chassis.

Even better, it manages to produce a bit of something that's completely alien to 95% of super-skinny TVs: bass. The built-in subwoofer enables action scenes to enjoy at least a little rumble, which makes them sound hugely more satisfying and engaging than most 'wafer-thin' flatscreen TV sound stages.

Also, the Toshiba 46YL863 is able to open up its audio mix quite nicely when required, giving its sound performance at least a couple more gears than you usually get with flatscreen TVs.

Value

Obviously you can't ignore the fact that £1,300 is a hefty price for a 46-inch TV these days. But the Toshiba 46YL863 is worthy of the money in most ways, delivering an excellent 2D picture performance and a strong feature count.

The only things that should give you pause for thought are its crosstalk problems with 3D and its currently limited online content.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyREGZA YL863
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption152 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio7,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand724 mm
Width with Stand1067 mm
Depth with Stand288 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height653 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesYL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext, Digital Noise Reduction
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46YL863
Product NameREGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number46YL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Total performance. The YL series offers outstanding design coupled with leading technology to provide a complete 3D, PRO-LED and Smart TV solution. It features Toshiba's CEVO Engine, an ultra-powerful, multi-core processing platform designed to deliver new levels of image quality. As well as being able to display Full HD 3D images (1 pair of 3D glasses included), the CEVO Engine can also upscale 2D content to high quality 3D in real time, giving you the ability to view your favourite 2D films in immersive 3D.

Resolution+ upscales and enhances the quality of lower resolution 3D, 2D and online content to near High Definition quality. The Full HD 1080p panel is supported by Toshiba's advanced PRO-LED backlighting system to offer stunning picture quality with consistent brightness and enhanced deep colours with improved black level performance. All of this is housed in an ultra-thin brushed aluminium design, designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 3.5mm Scart Adapter
  • 1 x Pair Active Shutter 3D Glasses
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year