Toshiba 46TL963 review

  • £699.99
  • $1121

The very definition of cheap and cheerful

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Great Value

For

  • Remarkably affordable
  • Slinky, space-saving design
  • Good pictures
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Insubstantial online service
  • Uneven backlighting
  • Some 3D crosstalk
  • No built-in Wi-Fi

Although Toshiba isn't afraid to dabble with seriously fancy stuff at the very top of its TV range - including the remarkably cutting-edge Toshiba 55ZL2, with its 4K resolution and glasses-free 3D - it knows better than to muck about when it comes to the mainstream heart of its business.

Take this Toshiba 46TL963, for example. On paper, at least, this new 46-inch TV looks as if someone has taken all of the most important points on our TV wish list and assembled them together into a single, potentially irresistible product.

For starters, there's its design, which serves up the ultra-slim bezel and rear everyone seems to crave these days.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

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The television also delivers multimedia playback from USB flash drives or DLNA PCs, and has reasonably potent-sounding picture processing, complete with a 200Hz-like picture engine.

Its drive to tick every possible box even extends to both an online 'smart TV' system and active 3D playback.

Best of all, though, there's its price. With most TV buyers on the hunt for a bargain as the hard times show little chance of receding, you can pick up a Toshiba 46TL963 from the exceptionally small sum of around £700 (around AU$1,097/US$1,121). This is a potential steal for a 46-inch TV with so much going on. Provided it turns out to be any good, that is.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

If by some miracle the almost made to order Toshiba 46TL963 doesn't fit your needs, then there are other options you could consider in Toshiba's TV range.

For instance, there's also a 40-inch version available, the Toshiba 40TL963B.

The recently launched Toshiba VL963 range introduces a passive 3D option, as well as upping the picture processing to '400Hz'. This range is available in 55-inch (Toshiba 55VL963), 47-inch (Toshiba 47VL963) and 42-inch (Toshiba 42VL963) options.

Toshiba 46TL963 review

If you feel like spending even less on a TV than the Toshiba 46TL963's bargain price, and can live without 3D pictures, there's the RL953 series, comprising the 40-inch Toshiba 40RL953 and 32-inch Toshiba 32RL953.

Rivals from outside Toshiba's television range include the LG 47LM670T, Panasonic TX-P42UT50 and Samsung UE46E5500, which we'll discuss in more detail on the Verdict page of this review.

For now, though, let's assume the Toshiba 46TL963 had you at hello, and find out if it's really as excellent an all-rounder as we hope it is.

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