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Toshiba 40WL753 review

Can Toshiba's networkable Freeview HD LED TV help it catch up with its flatscreen rivals?

Toshiba 40wl753

Sound

The 40WL753 is never going to win a best TV audio award as it suffers from an overall presentation that is trebly and strangely artificial-sounding. There's a real lack of warmth to the sonics, and even with the volume set to maximum, it's not particularly loud.

Toshiba does, however, get credit for its sound tweaks that include a graphic equaliser in the advanced settings menu that enables you to adjust the audio at five different frequencies.

Unfortunately, playing around with this feature never really results in a more impressive audio performance and for most it will be more hassle than it's worth. You're much better advised to select the Cinema surround mode, which adds some width to the soundstage and switch on the dynamic bass boost function. Or, better still, make use of the WL753's analogue and digital audio outputs to feed a dedicated sound system.

Value

At this saturated area of the market, Toshiba's 40WL753 doesn't seem particularly good value. Other brands, particularly Sony and Samsung, offer screens of equal size with much better online capabilities and more eye-catching designs, not to mention better picture performance.

The welcome additional features that it does have – Resolution+, subwoofer output, SDHC slot, and extensive picture calibration tools – aren't necessarily the ones that the mass-market consumers this TV is aimed at will appreciate.

Ease of use

Technophobes should have little difficulty with the 40WL753. The initial setup is very straightforward, with onscreen instructions helping you select your preferred language, whether the screen is stand or wall-mounted (choosing the latter will alter it's sound output) and setting the Freeview HD tuner to scan for channels. After only a few minutes you're up and running.

Toshiba 40wl753

From then on, navigating around the onscreen menus (which are plainly designed but easy to understand) is made painless by the TV's uncluttered remote control. It's as unglamorous as the TV itself, but benefits from having key buttons in obvious places. For instance, the all-important source selector takes pride of place in the top left corner, so you'll be able to find it even when the lights are off.

It's worth noting here that the 40WL753 comes with only an 18-page manual that is woefully short of detail. It's easy to imagine consumers left baffled by many of the set's features as they're only afforded a two-line description. Thankfully, more detailed Toshiba manuals are available on the internet in PDF form, but this is hardly ideal for those without internet access.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA WL
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption134.30 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio6,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick, Secure Digital (SD)
Height639 mm
Width1007 mm
Depth49 mm
ColourBlack
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesWL
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesChild Lock, Sleep Timer, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model40WL753
Product NameREGZA 40WL753 40" LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number40WL753B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Providing a premium high definition experience, the 101.6cm (40") REGZA WL combines LED technology and 200Hz picture processing to give you incredible image quality and performance all housed in an ultra-slim and stylish design. The LED backlight provides new levels of picture clarity by constantly adapting to the content showing on the screen. Colours are more vibrant and contrast between light and dark is more pronounced, providing dramatically improved performance whilst also reducing energy consumption. Freeview HD is built-in for access to terrestrial HD broadcast through your existing aerial without subscription. Impressive sound is aided by Dolby Volume and Toshiba SoundNavi. Integrated DLNA technology allows you to stream multimedia content from your Windows 7 laptop and built-in YouTube access allows you to watch YouTube clips directly on your TV.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 40WL753 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Wireless LAN Dongle
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)19 kg