Usability

The Toshiba 47WL968 has a poor remote control. It's very lightweight, but the slight banana shape it's got makes it tricky to figure out in an instant if you're holding it up the right way or not.

The buttons on its curved, gloss black front are too small, so the directional keypad - though nicely placed in the centre under where the thumb naturally lays - is not as easy to operate as it should be.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

Menus, Guide, Back and Exit - the four most commonly used buttons - are too small, while pressing the input changer means sliding the entire remote through your hand until you're just gripping it by the end.

These design faults aren't fatal, but on a flagship TV it's disappointing.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

Most unusually for a smart TV, the open web browser is actually pretty good. Accessed via Toshiba Places, the Opera-based browser works quickly and, most crucially, scanning up and down with the remote control's navigational buttons is a cinch.

Still, actually clicking on links is harder; this is a browser for reading long web pages, but that's about it.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

WiDi will appeal to anyone using new laptops, though otherwise networking is basic, but functional: we managed to get AVC HD, AVI, MKV, MP4, MPEG, WMV and WMV HD video files to play from a USB stick (though only MOV, AVI and MP4 from a networked PC).

We also managed to access JPEG and BMP photos, and MP3, M4A and WMA music.

Toshiba 47WL968 review

Sound

Although it's not got many audio options as such, the Toshiba 47WL968 has Audyssey Premium going on in the background, which results in a slightly fuller and more detailed soundstage than on cheaper Toshiba TVs - but it's far from the highlight on the Toshiba 47WL968.

Value

While the provision of four pairs of 3D specs is great when compared to the paltry one or two pairs supplied with active shutter 3D TVs, we're not sure it contributes to the Toshiba 47WL968 being good value per se; by now haven't most of us got at least two pairs of 3D specs brought home from the local multiplex?

Still, the 3D image itself is certainly good value, as is the inclusion of one of the finest picture processing technologies around, in the form of Resolution+. An attractive, high-end design is also here, though that doesn't extend to the remote control, which has no place operating this flagship TV.