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Toshiba 46TL968B review

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

Toshiba has recently experimented with Passive 3D TVs, but here it's active shutter 3D all the way. Using the slightly more advanced, though long-winded quasi-dimensional tech automatically means pricier 3D glasses that need to be recharged (though only every 100 hours or so).

Toshiba sent us its new FPT-AG02G active shutter specs to compile this review, which cost around £60 online.

Although comfy and lighter than in previous years, they're style over substance, designed with gaps around the lenses on each side. Cue reflected and ambient light, which can badly affect the 3D picture if watched during the day. Still, they're fine for a blackout home cinema environment.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

The Toshiba 46TL968 also has a smart TV dimension. You can find a complete run-down of every app in the Toshiba Places smart TV portal in our recent review of the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL958.

But it's worth pointing out that it remains a sturdy, if sparkle-free choice if all you're after is BBC iPlayer, and perhaps the odd video on YouTube, downloaded movie from Acetrax, and access to Skype (though you'll need to buy the optional Freetalk Conference II Skype camera, which costs about £85).

For a budget big screen TV, the Toshiba 46TL968 certainly has plenty going for it, in it, and out of it. A jack-pack on the TV's left-hand side (as you view it) sports a Common Interface slot, an HDMI input, headphones slot, and some centrally placed manual controls - a standby button, volume rockers and an input changer that together navigate the main GUI. Below them is a USB slot.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

The rear connections panel isn't down-facing, so anything you hook up here will jut out of the back of the TV.

This bad news for wall-mounters is good news for anyone wanting to attach multiple hi-def gadgets, though - adorning the back are three more HDMI inputs (one of them ARC-compatible), a digital optical audio output and a wired LAN (though there's a Wi-Fi module inside, too).

There's also a D-sub 15-pin PC input (fast becoming defunct, with laptops using either HDMI or WiDi - which the Toshiba 46TL968 is compatible with) next to the second USB slot, and a full RGB Scart (which are increasingly rare on TVs).

Toshiba 46TL968B review

Also back here is an RF aerial plug-in for fuelling Freeview HD, and a set of component video inputs complete with left/right phonos.

If we had any gripes at all about any of that, we'd wish for a third USB slot, preferably on the side. Those USB ports are capable of making recordings from Freeview HD to a hooked-up hard disk, with recordings accessed from within a library on the TV's user interface.

A 100Hz screen, the Toshiba 46TL968 is otherwise light on heavyweight processing tech.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

The picture settings menu's Advanced menu includes processing modes such as ColourMaster, Auto Brightness Sensor and Active Backlight Control. With the exception of Resolution+ (which effectively upscales standard-definition footage) and ClearScan (a frame interpolation tech exclusively for Blu-ray), these are best left de-activated.

An Expert menu adds tweaks for white balance and gamma, while there's a 2D to 3D conversion mode, too - though hopes for that aren't particularly high.

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