Things start pretty well when you first turn the TV on. It asks you if you're a home or shop user, if you want to use the ambient light sensor and if you're wall or stand mounting it, as this affects audio reproduction.
The question about the ambient light sensor is particularly sensible, in our opinion, since we don't usually rate these systems much, so it's good to be given the option to deactivate it right away.
However, the onscreen menus are resolutely old fashioned, just featuring reams of white text and scrolling menus against a black background. As well as being dull these menus aren't very approachable when considered against something like LG's superbly organized, graphics-heavy operating system.
It doesn't help, either, that the menus contain a few quite technical terms that are inadequately explained in the wafer-thin instructions manual.
In many ways the 40SL753's remote control is a cut above the usual rather flimsy Toshiba efforts. It still feels rather light and plasticky, and looks strikingly over-burdened with buttons, but at least it's got quite a nice piano-black finish and is large enough to feel comfortable in the hand. The buttons are much more responsive and 'clicky' than those found with some of Toshiba's previous remotes, too.
However, Toshiba has opted for one of those fashionable concentric 'buttons within buttons' approaches for the core controls, and as is often the case, this proves to be a fiddly arrangement. This also makes the remote distinctly tricky to use in a darkened room.
There is one saving grace, though, in the way Toshiba has raised the central OK button, thus giving you an immediate touch-based orientation aid. Sony would have done well to copy this idea for the concentric circle remote controls found with many of its latest TVs.