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Toshiba 46TL963 review

The very definition of cheap and cheerful

The first thing to say here is that there are far more features in the Toshiba 46TL963 than you've any right to expect from a 46-inch TV with such a low price.

For starters, there's the fact that it doesn't actually look like a 46-inch TV. Rather, because of its exceptionally slim, barely-there 1cm bezel, it takes up barely as much precious living room space as a typical 40-inch set.

Its relatively light grey finish is likely to appeal to many people too. Partly just because it's different from the dark finishes so common in the TV world; partly because its matt rather than gloss finish soaks up reflections from your living room lights; and partly because it stops the TV dominating whatever part of your room it sits in.

The bezel's finish is a touch plasticky, perhaps. But for the price, most people will surely be more than happy with how the Toshiba 46TL963 looks.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

Most people will also be fairly happy with the Toshiba 46TL963's connections. Its four HDMIs put the set on the same level as - or better than - almost all premium TVs this year.

And modern multimedia types will appreciate the provision of two USBs for both recording to USB HDD from the TV's Freeview HD tuner and playing back a solid selection of multimedia file types from USB storage devices.

Then there's the television's LAN socket, via which you can either stream in material from a connected DLNA PC or else take the TV online with Toshiba's Places system.

It's disappointing, however, to find that the Toshiba 46TL963 doesn't sport built-in Wi-Fi. This has become a standard feature on almost all other mid-range and higher TVs this year, so its absence on the Toshiba 46TL963 is keenly felt.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

You can add Wi-Fi by stumping up extra cash for one of Toshiba's USB Wi-Fi dongles - an investment made more appealing by the fact that this dongle also enables the TV to support the Intel WiDi PC desktop sharing system. But it would of course still be much better if the Wi-Fi/WiDi was built-in.

The Toshiba 46TL963's DLNA situation is frustrating too. It's much harder to get working than most DLNA systems - unless you happen to have a PC running Windows 7, at any rate.

The run of niggles continues, moreover, when you delve into the 'Places' online service. This starts off very nicely, thanks to the bright, colourful, well-organised 'folders' the on-screen menus provide for sorting different types of content.

But as soon as you head into these folders, it quickly becomes apparent that there's very little in any of them.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

Really the only services worth mentioning are Twitter, Facebook, BBC iPlayer, Cartoon Network, HiT Entertainment, Box Office 365, Acetrax, Viewser, YouTube and iConcerts.

Hardly an earth-shattering list in these days where rival online TV systems from the likes of Sony, Samsung and LG offer apps by the hundred.

At the very least, it would be good to see such online video 'big hitters' as Netflix and Lovefilm on Places. Fingers crossed Toshiba will considerably up its online offering sooner rather than later.

Getting back to the good news about the Toshiba 46TL963, it's truly startling to find such an affordable set boasting an active (as opposed to passive) full HD 3D system inside.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

Admittedly Toshiba hasn't been able to include any active shutter 3D glasses for free with the TV while keeping to the low price, but unlike the Wi-Fi dongle, we can at least understand this decision.

Not least because 3D isn't everyone's cup of tea, so it arguably wouldn't make sense on such a price-conscious TV to have upped the price just so 3D glasses could have been included.

The Toshiba 46TL963 also carries more picture set up aids than you'd expect, given its price.

Particularly handy are a surprisingly fulsome colour management system, a simple black/white shift bar, adjustments for the TV's gamma setting, two types of noise reduction, and a selection of settings for the TV's dynamic backlight control system.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

And then there's Toshiba's Active Vision 200 processing system. This combines a native 100Hz panel with a blinking backlight to deliver a 200Hz-like effect, in a bid to reduce the sort of resolution loss and blurring issues when showing motion that plague almost all LCD TVs to some extent.

The last feature worth pointing out before finding out how the Toshiba 46TL963 performs is its 2D-to-3D conversion system.

This isn't actually a feature most people will likely use more than a couple of times, since such converted 3D material never looks as convincing as the real 3D deal. But it's a notable feature here because it wasn't available on the Toshiba 46TL963's predecessor, the Toshiba 46TL868B.

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
Product FamilyTL963
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelA+
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityCEC
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)18.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption145 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand687 mm
Width with Stand1056 mm
Depth with Stand235 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology200 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height555 mm
Width1056 mm
Depth56 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesTL963
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext, Auto-off, Hotel Mode
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46TL963
Product Name46" Smart 3D LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number46TL963B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The 46" TL963 combines the latest LED and Smart TV technologies with 3D-ready capabilities to cater for your entertainment needs both today and tomorrow. It delivers Full HD 1080p resolution images whether you are watching 2D or 3D and high speed AMR200 processing delivers fast moving images in stunning colour and clarity. 2D to 3D conversion and 3D depth control allow you to enjoy all your existing content in 3D.

Package Contents
  • 46" Smart 3D LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16 kg