Toshiba 40WL753 review

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

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Toshiba 40wl753

The 40WL753 represents a bit of a stop-gap for Toshiba, forming the bridge between last-year's non-Freeview HD models and the imminent souped-up 3D sets.

We liked:

The remote control, while a bit plasticky, is intuitive and easy to use, as are the menu screens. It's here where you'll find some quite detailed picture calibration tweaks. Resolution+ continues to provide some of the best standard-def upscaling in the business, and pictures, whether from the in-built tuner or Blu-ray were artefact free and sharp (depending on the source material).

We disliked:

The 40WL753 lacks decent contrast, which affects how its images look and feel in general. The audio performance is mediocre, too. Offering only one connected TV service is a bit galling, especially as it's so cumbersome to use. Lastly, we're not exactly enamoured with the Toshiba's design – next time, make the bezel a lot thinner, eh?

Verdict:

Mid-range TVs will always suffer in comparison to higher-end, premium-styled, feature-heavy sets, but unfortunately for Toshiba the 40WL753 doesn't fare well when considered against its fellow £800-odd flatscreens. The picture performance is solid but lacking panache, the design is a bit odd and the YouTube feature is something that you'll probably only ever play with once.

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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