Toshiba 55WL863B review

Toshiba transplants its Japanese 'intelligent' TV tech to the UK

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Toshiba 55wl863b

Sound quality

It is, of course, always difficult for super-slim TVs to deliver an even half decent soundstage. But the 55WL863's audio track isn't just half-decent - it's actually fully decent!

The built-in speakers can go impressively loud for a start, and they do so without distorting, even during action scenes. Voices sound really clean, clear and believable too, proving just how open and expansive the set's midrange is.

Treble information is handled really well as well, adding lots of detail to the soundstage without sounding harsh.

Bass is the inevitable weakness, but there's at least a sense of low frequency information - and because the mid-range is so open, the soundstage seldom sounds unbalanced.

Value

At £1800 the 55WL863 isn't a bad price at all for such a large, beautifully constructed and mostly very talented screen. It's not quite as well featured as one or two other brands' flagship TVs, for sure, and its Places online service needs more content to join its well-designed interface.

But then Panasonic's equivalent P55VT30, LG's equivalent 55LW980T and Samsung's equivalent UE55D7000 all cost significantly more, so it's easy to imagine many people thinking the Toshiba does more than enough given its relative cheapness.

Ease of use

Considering what a potentially complicated TV the 55WL863 is, it's actually quite easy to use. Toshiba's latest concentric circle main menu arrangement is well thought through and excellently presented, and while the reversion to a standard 'list' format once you've found your preferred 'submenu' is a touch disappointing, these lists are still easy to read and reasonably well organised.

Also sensible is the way Toshiba has divvied up its options so that the more sophisticated calibration features only come up if you really go looking for them, ensuring that mainstream, more casual users don't have to be faced with reams of features they have no intention of using.

The remote control is a bit of an oddity. It's buttons are adequately laid out and very responsive, and Toshiba has attempted to continue the theme of segregating different levels of functionality by using a sliding silver cover that can be positioned over different button groupings.

While clever, though, it's hard to imagine many people using the slide in the way it was meant to be used, and as a result it will likely just feel like an unnecessary contrivance to most people.

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 WL863
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, EU Ecolabel
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption184 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 Stand844 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand356 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height765 mm
Width1265 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesWL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model55WL863
Product NameREGZA 55WL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number55WL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Total performance. The WL series offers stunning 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, 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 sandblast metal design, designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 55WL863 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
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.60 kg