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Toshiba 46TL968B review

Active shutter 3D is optional on this 46-inch smart TV with Wi-Fi

Our Verdict

It's a good effort that will suit the average living room, but the Toshiba 46TL968 contains few surprises considering its asking price.

For

  • 2D Blu-ray detail & contrast
  • Generous connectivity
  • Four HDMI slots
  • Wi-Fi built-in

Against

  • No 3D specs included
  • Motion blur
  • Some LED light leakage
  • Lacklustre 3D

It may have show-off TVs like no other - such as the Toshiba 55ZL2 glasses-free 3D TV, which also happens to have an Ultra HD resolution, too - but Toshiba is a brand that likes to concentrate almost entirely on good value at low prices.

There's consistently an extra HDMI slot, a third USB or £100 knocked off most Toshiba televisions, and in many ways this 46-inch set from its new TL968 Series continues that trend.

Priced at £749 (around AU$1,139/US$1,199) but spotted for closer to £600 (around AU$912/US$960) online, this Edge LED-backlit TV nevertheless has a few shortcomings. It's also a glasses-free 3D TV, though not in the way we would like; although fitted with active shutter 3D tech, there are no 3D specs included in the box. They'll cost you £50+ extra.

Elsewhere, the 46TL968B is your regular Toshiba package. Outed by the brand in September and only just going on sale now, Toshiba's unique habit of releasing TVs mid-cycle (most new TVs appear in March and remain there for 12 months) has paid off, with a bounty of features for relatively small spend.

The most attractive is probably smart TV, though BBC iPlayer and Acetrax remain the highlights on the otherwise relatively scant Toshiba Places portal.

The hardware is more impressive, with integrated Wi-Fi, four HDMI inputs and two USB slots provided. A 100Hz panel, the Toshiba 46TL968B also includes Clear Scan for introducing hyper-real images from Blu-ray.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

On the outside, the 46TL968B is pure Toshiba, with a slim 9mm bezel around the panel that looks like brushed metal, but is in fact fake plastic. A glassy stand adds to the illusion nicely, and confirms that the TV is punching above its weight.

Also available

Accompanying this 46-incher in the TL968 Series is the 40-inch Toshiba 40TL968, which costs around £600. It also features Wi-Fi, Toshiba Places, active shutter 3D and a plastic-metallic slim bezel.

These last two features differentiate the TL968 from Toshiba's other new series for the beginning of 2013, the RL968. The Toshiba RL968 Series is a little smaller in stature, comprising just the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL968 and the 40-inch 40RL968.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

These two Full HD LED-backlit LCD TVs are standard 50Hz TVs and have a slightly less powerful form of what Toshiba calls AMR (Active Motion Resolution), an anti-blur frame interpolation technology. Both RL968 televisions have three HDMI inputs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyTL968B
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, RoHS
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)17.70 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption145 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand687 mm
Width with Stand1056 mm
Depth with Stand235 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year97 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology200 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate200 Hz
Height629 mm
Width1056 mm
Depth56 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesTL968B
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Web Browser, Picture on Picture
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46TL968
Product Name46" TL968 Smart 3D LED TV
Manufacturer Part Number46TL968B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

FULL HD 1080P 3D-READY LED SMART TV - READY FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT NEEDS, TODAY AND TOMORROW

The TL Series combine 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. You can also access internet TV content from YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook and a range of other internet content from Acetrax movies, Twitter, Livesport.TV and more, all accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. Freeview HD allows free access to terrestrial HD programmes and the added convenience of smartphone/tablet remote control operation is also included.

Package Contents
  • 46" TL968 Smart 3D LED TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)15.05 kg