Toshiba 50L4353 review

Great value, but does 'good for the price' mean it's any more than OK?

Toshiba 50L4353
Great Value
Lots of screen for little cash

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At just £600, the 50L4353 wears its main attraction right out there on its price ticket. But to be fair, that's actually not the only thing it's got going for it. For starters, it's got more features than you might expect from a self-consciously budget TV, including multimedia playback from USB storage devices and DLNA networked computers, and access to Toshiba's Cloud TV online platform, complete with some handy content-finding features and a few video streaming services.

Its pictures benefit from 100Hz processing too, helping them look pretty tasty with bright content. A lack of contrast makes dark scenes less satisfying, though, while the smart TV platform could really use more video services.

We liked

Bright HD pictures look good for a TV at this price level, there are some handy features on the Cloud TV engine, and it's extremely cheap for a 50in TV.

We disliked

Dark scenes don't look convincing, the operating system is sluggish, and the online service lacks video content.

Also consider

The only really direct competition for the 50L4353 considering Toshiba's set is all about its £600 price is the Samsung PS51F5500. And it's fair to say the Korean model proves a tough challenge with its excellent plasma picture quality and much richer Smart TV environment.

If you really want an LCD TV rather than plasma, you'll have to sacrifice a substantial chunk of screen size and go for the 42in Sony 42W653A or the 40in Samsung UE40F6400 if you want to better the Toshiba's picture performance and smart features.

John Archer
AV Technology Contributor

John has been writing about home entertainment technology for more than two decades - an especially impressive feat considering he still claims to only be 35 years old (yeah, right). In that time he’s reviewed hundreds if not thousands of TVs, projectors and speakers, and spent frankly far too long sitting by himself in a dark room.