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Toshiba 55WL768 review

Elegant LCD giant with Wi-Fi but poor 3D playback


The headline feature is 3D playback but there's no 2D-to-3D conversion. This counts less against the 55WL768 than it should do because 3D is more of a sideshow than a main event, as the lion's share of viewing on any TV is 2D.

You are provided with only one pair of 3D specs, which is a pity, because the special event nature of 3D viewing means watching it is rarely a solitary pursuit and additional pairs cost between £75 and £100.

A big positive is that the screen's connectivity roster is comprehensive, with four HDMIs, Ethernet and dual USBs leading the way. Thoughtfully, the designers have placed two HDMIs face down and two facing to the side, providing flexibility for cable management depending on where the screen is mounted.

Multimedia is a mixed bag with iPlayer and YouTube the only 'Smart TV' services on offer. No movie streaming or access to popular connected services such as Facebook, Picasa and Bloomberg and no browser. This is not really good enough for a flagship set.

Anyone who's lived with built-in Wi-Fi access to iPlayer gets accustomed to the convenience and craves similar players from the other main channels. Some day all TVs will be made this way.

Networking is impressive with DLNA wireless connectivity built-in (or you can take a hike down the Ethernet path) plus there's a USB media player (although you can't record from the tuner to a disk using the USB connection)

Networking has an unusual twist: the screen can act as a digital media renderer. This lets you use a (Windows 7) computer to choose what content you want to display, rather than using the TV's remote control.

There are myriad of options for adjusting the picture with Active Vision M200 HD and Resolution+ the most significant. Active Vision quadruples the 50Hz rate to reduce blur and is complemented by a film stabilisation mode that has three settings for motion smoothness, hopefully without introducing artefacts.

The screen's other picture processing functions include an AutoView mode, which takes into account the room lighting and analyses the content being shown in real time. An ambient light sensor constantly adjusts the screen's backlight depending on the lighting condition in the room to provide a better viewing experience. In light rooms backlight is increased, in dark rooms backlight is dimmed. Other run of the mill viewing modes include two movie modes, standard, game and PC modes.

The intensity of the backlight can also be adjusted manually using the set's Backlight Adjustment Pro tool – but there is no way of reducing excessive backlight near the edge of the picture.

Regular adjustments for brightness, contrast, black level (aka static gamma) and colour can be made of course, although the latter is buried in a sub-folder called Expert Mode. This give you the option to switch off the red, green and blue components individually to adjust saturation and tint. You can also adjust the white balance in either 2pt or 10pt steps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyREGZA WL768
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)34 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption210 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio7,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand852 mm
Width with Stand1283 mm
Depth with Stand356 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height772 mm
Width1283 mm
Depth28.9 mm
Brightness430 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesWL768
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model55WL768
Product NameREGZA 55WL768 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number55WL768B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The WL768 series brings the future of 3D into your home, allowing you to enjoy films in three dimensions and with optimal image quality. The high-quality exterior of the WL768 series was developed in collaboration with star designer Jacob Jensen.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 55WL768 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Remote Control Battery
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 3.5mm Scart Adapter
  • DLNA CD-ROM
  • 1 x Pair 3D Glasses (Active Shutter) - Battery
Response Time6 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)29.10 kg