Toshiba 46TL963 review

The very definition of cheap and cheerful

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Great Value

Toshiba appears to have really done its homework with the Toshiba 46TL963, since it seems to tick almost all the current most popular TV boxes. First, its design is super-slim.

Second, its connections include plenty of multimedia support. Third, it carries online Smart TV features. Fourth, it costs remarkably little for a 46-inch TV.

We might also have added its 3D playback to this list, were it not for all the recent reports suggesting that most people don't actually care about 3D.

Fortunately the Toshiba 46TL963 isn't just about features, though. It also performs surprisingly well, with bright, colourful, sharp pictures in both 2D and 3D mode.

Its backlight has a few consistency issues that can distract you a bit during dark scenes, and its multimedia skills ultimately prove less wide-ranging than they should be. But the Toshiba 46TL963 still does more than enough overall to stand out as a serious bargain.

We liked

At about £699.99 (around AU$1,097/US$1,121) for a 46-inch TV, the Toshiba 46TL963 is brilliant value. It looks great too, with its ultra-slim, light-coloured bezel, and its feature count is unexpectedly high for such a cheap TV.

Best of all, though, it's a much more accomplished picture performer than any other similarly affordable television set we can think of.

We disliked

Toshiba Places needs lots more apps and services, and the Toshiba 46TL963's DLNA capabilities aren't great unless you have a Windows 7 PC.

There's some backlight inconsistency during dark scenes too, plus a little crosstalk with 3D and a rather noisy look to standard definition feeds. Finally, the remote control is poorly designed.

Final verdict

Although it's not without its issues, there's no doubt that Toshiba has delivered another cracking affordable TV in the Toshiba 46TL963.

Its slim design is as space-saving as it is attractive, and the fact that it offers both multimedia streaming/direct USB playback and online features is impressive for its price tag, even if both of these systems are limited in scope.

Where it really stands out from the similarly affordable 46-inch TV crowd, though, is with its picture quality. Yes, a few backlight consistency issues and some minor 3D crosstalk might deter enthusiasts. But then a 46-inch TV this cheap was never going to deliver perfection.

The best you could probably hope for at that price would be punchy colours, impressive sharpness, solid motion reproduction and good contrast. And with the Toshiba 46TL963, that's exactly what you get.

Also consider

There's not much serious direct competition for the Toshiba 46TL963, given how cheap it is.

If you can find an extra £300 (around AU$470/US$480), one alternative would be LG's 47LM670T. This offers an even prettier design, along with a much more evolved online service and pictures that at times are even better than those of the Toshiba.

As well as being substantially more expensive, though, LG's television does also suffer with a little backlight blocking during dark scenes.

A solid plasma TV option for around the same money would be Panasonic's TX-P42UT50. Note, though, that as its name suggests, this set is 42-inches in size, not 46. And while its pictures are excellent if you're in a darkened room, they can lack punch and colour accuracy in a bright room.

One final alternative might be Samsung's UE46E5500, though we haven't tested any TVs from this range yet. See, we told you it was hard to find anything to truly rival the Toshiba 46TL963.

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
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand687 mm
Width with Stand1056 mm
Depth with Stand235 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product Model46TL963
Product Name46" Smart 3D LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number46TL963B
Manufacturer Website Address
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
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)16 kg