Toshiba 58L9363DB review

A great value Ultra HD TV with a few compromises

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Is 4K worth having at this small (ish) size? The answer is a definite yes, though whether any so-called next-gen telly should be sold without either LED local dimming or a dual-core processor are more important questions for Toshiba.

The omission of both explains the price-cut when compared to slightly smaller sets from Samsung, Sony and LG, though the 58-inch 58L9363DB does have a three-inch advantage over its rivals.

We liked

Detail - and bags of it - is just awesome.

We were also impressed by the set's dazzling colours and thoroughly decent (though ultimately less than top-notch) contrast.

The 58L9363DB's super-slim design also puts it a mite ahead of Sony's super-wide KD-559000A, for one. Upscaling of Blu-ray discs is pleasingly pin-sharp, too.

We disliked

Weak sound, crosstalk in 3D and a wholly average contrast performance are the lowlights, though it's the 58L9363DB's lack of processing power that puts it a notch behind its rivals.

The lack of LED local dimming means little shadow detail within blocks of black, while Cloud TV is a second-rung smart TV platform. Its upscaling of SD isn't as clean as on rival sets.

Final Verdict

Excellent 4K detail, luscious colour, a very slim design and an impressive HD upscaling performance from its 4K CEVO engine are the highlights from Toshiba's smallest foray into Ultra HD, but shouldn't all 4K TVs have a dual-core processor?

A blemished reputation for usability follows, though a ponderous navigating Cloud TV only finds a small selection of must-have apps. Though it uses the Active Shutter 3D system, the 58L9363's interpretation is stained with crosstalk, while the clean upscaling of SD to fit the enormous resolution panel is beyond its 4K CEVO engine.

Toshiba 58L9363DB review

4K will catch on when it becomes affordable, and that era starts now with the release of the Toshiba 58L9363. One of the most affordable Ultra HD TVs around, it's nevertheless a notch behind similarly sized screens from Sony and Samsung.

Not nearly quick enough to act as a heavily used living room TV, the 58L9363 is best stuck in a home cinema room for watching movies.

Also consider

When it comes to Ultra HD TVs, we're still in the early phase where most brands are offering a first-gen set - especially at this relatively small size.

The 58-inch size is actually unique to Toshiba - as is the relatively low price - though the 55-inch sets available elsewhere will offer much the same screen real estate; search out LG's 55LA9700 (£3,299), Sony's 55X9005A (£3,299) and Samsung's UE55F9000 (£3,299) if you want the complete picture.

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All three of those brands also offer 65-inch versions of those sets, while other 65-inchers include the Philips 65PFL9708 (£4,500) and Panasonic TX-L65WT600 (£5,499).

There are a handful of 84/85-inch Ultra HDTVs, too, though since we're into footballer territory when it comes to prices, the likes of the Sony KD-84X9005 (£24,999), LG 84LM960V (£14,999), Samsung UE85S9 (£35,000), Philips 84PFL9708 (the 65-inch version reviewed here) (£1,299) and Toshiba 84L9300 (£10,799.95) aren't really in competition with the relatively bargain-priced Toshiba 58L9363DB on test here.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyL9363
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size147.3 cm (58")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption247 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand857 mm
Width with Stand1306 mm
Depth with Stand374 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year306.6 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion & Resolution
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height765 mm
Width1306 mm
Depth69 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Silver
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemNICAM, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey ABX, Audyssey Volume Extension, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesL9363
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesWeb Browser, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Child Lock, Picture on Picture, Auto Program
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model58L9363DB
Product Name58" L9363 Ultra HD TV
Manufacturer Part Number58L9363DB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationL9 SERIES THE MAGIC OF ULTRA HD

Discover the magic of Ultra HD with the L9 series from Toshiba. The next generation in picture quality, with four times as many pixels as Full HD, delivers an intensity that will capture your imagination. Right out of the box, it's easy to upscale existing Full HD content to near Ultra HD so you can transform your Blu-ray movies and TV shows into a magical viewing experience. The intelligent CEVO™ 4K engine and AMR 800 picture-processing technology put the power behind the magic - delivering images so seamlessly smooth and detailed, you'll feel like you're really there. All models offer Full HD 3D so you can enhance your home cinema experience through super-realistic 3D. Toshiba Cloud TV gives you access to catch-up and on-demand TV services from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube as well as other online content. A sleek design and smarter innovation gives the L9 series a style that will perfectly suit your surroundings. Experience the magic with Ultra HD.
Package Contents
  • 58" L9363 Ultra HD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x "AAA" Batteries
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)31.20 kg