There was a time when the passive 3D TV system, which most of us are familiar with from the cinema, was seen as a cheap, less effective technology best used on second-rung TVs.

That all changed in 2012 when LG - the company that came up with the technology and called it Cinema 3D - went to great lengths to make sure all of its flagship LED-backlit TVs had the passive flavour of 3D.

Fuel is aded to that fire by the 47WL968, Toshiba's high-end LED TV, though here it's called 3D Natural.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

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Arriving in our test labs with four pairs of 3D glasses, the 47WL968 confirms Toshiba as the only brand that offers all three flavours of 3D - though at £7,000 (around AU$10,670/US$11,214) its auto-stereoscopic, glasses-free Toshiba 55ZL2 is arguably little more than a curio.

On the Toshiba 47WL968, using the passive, polarised tech does mean a drop in 3D detail, which some will miss on this Full HD panel, though Toshiba does offer a 100Hz panel to lessen motion blur.

This Edge LED-backlit set adds four HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, home networking, PC mirroring via Intel's WiDi system, two USB inputs (that can record from its Freeview HD tuner) and, of course, a bevy of smart TV apps - including BBC iPlayer and Acetrax - on its Toshiba Places portal.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

As befits a flagship TV, the Toshiba 47WL968's design is the work of a professional, Jacob Jensen, who's crafted a super-slim bezel in brushed aluminium.

The bezel itself is tiny, at a mere 10mm wide, though there is a further 7mm between where the bezel ends and the image begins.

The 47-inch Toshiba 47WL968 costs £1,099 (around AU$1,675/US$1,760). It and the 55-inch Toshiba 55WL968 (£1,499, or around AU$2,285/US$2,400) make up Toshiba's WL968 Series, its flagship attempt at Edge LED-backlit TVs.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

Elsewhere there's a great value big screen TV - also with 3D Natural - in the shape of the 55-inch Toshiba 55VL963, though it hasn't got Wi-Fi.

If you're after something a little smaller, there are few better second-screen options than the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL958, which presents Toshiba Places apps complete with Wi-Fi for a bargain £399.

Toshiba 47WL968 review