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Toshiba 46TL868B review

Toshiba once again delivers a non-budget TV for a budget price

Our Verdict

For

  • Crazily cheap
  • Space-saving design
  • Very enjoyable 3D and 2D picture quality
  • Good feature count for the money

Against

  • Sound is limited
  • Toshiba Places needs more content
  • One or two backlight issues
  • Minor 3D crosstalk

Toshiba 46tl868b review

Ease of use

It's a little disappointing, if not really surprising, to find that the Toshiba 46TL868B's on-screen menus aren't the slick new 'radial wheel' affairs sported by Toshiba's latest flagship TV sets. Especially since the ones you get instead are rather drab and a little long-winded to negotiate your way around.

They are, though, perfectly legible, and once you've calibrated the TV for the first time, there's not that much need to delve back into them again very often.

Other frustrations include difficulties playing back some kinds of files from PCs that don't use Windows 7, and the fact that stupidly, neither the BBC iPlayer nor YouTube apps can be accessed directly from the Places menus. Instead, if you choose iPlayer or YouTube from there, you just get a message telling you to quit Places and access the apps via a different route.

The Places system is otherwise a great addition to the weird and occasionally wonderful array of smart TV interfaces that have emerged in recent times.

Toshiba 46tl868b review

As well as looking colourful and inviting, and organising content in a logical way, there are also admirable attempts at personalising the Places system so that it can be adapted to suit different members of your household.

It's going to be really interesting to see where Toshiba takes this impressive start as 2012 plays out.

Turning to the remote control, we like the new design Toshiba has provided for the Toshiba 46TL868B. It's stylish and exceptionally weighty and robust for something that's partnering a budget set. Not all of the buttons have been given the appropriate level of prominence, perhaps, and there's a slight top-heaviness to its design that led us to nearly drop it a couple of times. But overall, it's a winner.

Sound quality

While very slim bodies like the one encasing the Toshiba 46TL868B might be easy on the eye, they don't tend to be compatible with great sound quality. There simply isn't enough room to squeeze in a good quality pair of speakers.

And the Toshiba 46TL868B does not, sadly, prove to be the exception to this rule.

While its audio is perfectly adequate - maybe even slightly better than that - for typical, undemanding TV shows, a good Hollywood action scene or two soon exposes a serious lack of deep bass, as well as an inability to expand the soundstage anywhere near wide enough to avoid sounding flat and thin.

Gaming

The Toshiba 46TL868B's size and price could potentially make it a very popular gaming monitor. So it was pleasing to only measure an average input lag figure of around 38ms when using the TV's Game preset. This is by no means the best figure around, but it shouldn't be enough to be responsible for many of your gaming failings.

Value

The Toshiba 46TL868B's features and design alone would more than justify its cost. So by the time you've added in its hugely engaging 2D and 3D pictures, you've got a set that's such great value for money it's almost silly.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyTL868
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel, RoHS
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption144 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio5,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand704 mm
Width with Stand1056 mm
Depth with Stand287 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height636 mm
Width1056 mm
Depth57 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesTL868
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Auto Program
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46TL868
Product Name46TL868 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number46TL868B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

3D-ready TV. The TL series 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 100Hz processing delivers stunning colour, clarity and fast moving image quality. You can also access internet TV content from YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Flickr.

The TL also features the Toshiba Places internet portal for access to a range of other internet content from Viewster, Woomi, Box Office 365 and more, all accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. Freeview HD allows access to terrestrial HD programmes and wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA and USB playback is also included.

Package Contents
  • 46TL868 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)13.25 kg