Toshiba 55WL863B review

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

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Toshiba 55wl863b

Toshiba's first real stab at introducing some of its CEVO processing power into its UK TVs isn't without its flaws, but it's still a very nice TV overall.

The attraction begins with its design. For while the 55WL863 doesn't look particularly glamorous from a distance, get up close and you can really appreciate both its exceptional slimness and its terrific metallic build quality.

It's also got all the connections most people will need, including an extensive suite of multimedia tools such as video/photo/music playback from DLNA PCs, USB multimedia playback (including DivX HD), recording from the HD tuners to USB drives, and Toshiba's Places online service.

'Places' is a little content-light right now, but it's a cloud-based service, so content levels will surely increase over time. At which point you will likely really start to appreciate its pretty interface and clever attempts to offer personalised experiences for all the members of your household.

Toshiba has had a fair stab at appealing to the high-end 'installation' market by offering a solid set of picture adjustments and even an auto calibration system, and best of all the 55WL863 produces far and away the best picture quality Toshiba has yet delivered from a flat-panel TV. The addition of Resolution+ to the 3D environment delivers some particularly mesmerising results.

Some minor red saturation and some more troubling 3D crosstalk issues take a little of the sheen off, but overall the 55WL863 remains well worth at least a trial run.

We liked

The 55WL863's build quality is gorgeous, and its connections leave no stone unturned in catering for these modern multimedia times.

The presentation of its Places online service is superb too, and its attempts to personalise the TV for different users are worthy. There's a satisfying degree of calibration flexibility as well, and best of all the TV's picture quality is mostly excellent.

We disliked

The remote supplied with the 55WL863 isn't as helpful as it thinks it is. Also, the Places service needs to have more content added to get closer to the online services offered by rival brands, and it's a shame the otherwise exemplary 3D pictures are let down by noticeable crosstalk.

There's some minor light bleed in the picture's corners during dark scenes too, but this isn't nearly as bad a problem as it is on some of Toshiba's other TVs this year.

Final verdict

While there's a nagging sense that Toshiba could perhaps have used its CEVO Engine processing a bit more overtly in the 55WL863, it's still the case that the system has helped Toshiba deliver a really good TV that deserves a place at the top table of TV quality this year.

The set's multimedia support is good, and its 2D pictures are sharp, colourful, bright and natural for the most part. What's more, 3D pictures are in some ways the best we've seen, with just the existence of crosstalk noise letting them down.

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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
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand844 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand356 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product Model55WL863
Product NameREGZA 55WL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number55WL863B
Manufacturer Website Address
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
  • 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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.60 kg