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Toshiba 40SL753 review

Toshiba makes its edge LED debut, with hit and miss results

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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.

Remote control

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA SL753
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)19 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption135 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand682 mm
Width with Stand1007 mm
Depth with Stand305 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height639 mm
Width1007 mm
Depth50 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Product SeriesSL753
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model40SL753
Product NameREGZA 40SL753 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40SL753
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Package Contents
  • REGZA 40SL753 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)15 kg