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.