Toshiba 40rl858b review

Reasonably slim, fairly adept with all sources and with a smart TV platform that's at least nominally engaging, Toshiba's 40RL858 is a classic mid-range TV.

We liked

A nicely cinematic, yet sharp treatment of Blu-ray and clean standard definition sources if you're careful to tweak, the Toshiba 40RL858's digital dimension appeals. BBC iPlayer's presence is also pleasing, as is its comprehensive digital file support.

We disliked

It may be of metallic design, but the Toshiba 40RL858's plastic frame won't fool all. Ditto Toshiba Places, which is scarred by a lack of must-have content and some interface oddities. Sound is poor, and saving picture presets isn't possible, while light leakage from the flanks can be distracting. A solo USB, no built-in Wi-Fi and a fiddly Freeview HD EPG can all annoy too.

Final verdict

A good value TV for a living room, Toshiba's 40RL858 is a classic mid-range set whose attempt at a smart TV platform is the low point on an otherwise capable performer. What it lacks in ultimate quality and ease of use it makes up for with versatility.