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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

Usability

The new Toshiba TV user interface is obviously a work in progress, or has been, because it's been tweaked since we reviewed several TVs by the brand this summer.

Gone are the handy shortcuts to BBC iPlayer and YouTube apps, which means there's no escaping the rather unfriendly Toshiba Places portal.

Nor did we like the Toshiba 46TL968's remote control, which is scarred by tiny buttons and feels unnatural to hold.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

Operating Skype, using the clip-on Freetalk Conference II camera supplied with the our review unit, was a smooth experience, with both video and sound quality impressive.

The inputs list doesn't include either the networking option or any of the two USB slots, all of which must be accessed from the carousel's Media Player icon.

In our test with a USB flash drive we managed to play AVC HD, AVI, MKV (including chapters), MP4, MPEG, WMV and WMV HD video files, as well as MP3, M4A and WMA music, and both JPEG and BMP photos.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

Over a network it wasn't quite so expansive, with video streaming limited to MOV, AVI and MP4 files.

We're happy, though having to choose between USB and networking, then between photo, video and music before we even get to find a file, is rather long-winded. Toshiba's treatment of digital files isn't a user interface at all, but a mere root file system.

The grid layout is nice in theory, but none of the thumbnail spaces ever actually fill up with pictures.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

With Freeview HD, there's also a choice between the bog-standard electronic programme guide supplied by Toshiba, and a web-powered platform called MediaGuide devised by Rovi.

The former includes schedules over two hours for 13 channels in what looks like a spreadsheet, though it's perfectly functional and easily shows up preset recordings (if you attach an HDD) and reminders.

The latter, however, is better looking and more dynamic.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

Though it's fast enough and rarely (fiddly remote aside) gets frustrating, we did notice one or two niggles; while navigating the carousel the brightness often visibly changes suddenly for no apparent reason, and on one occasion the entire TV froze and reset itself from standby.

Sound

Audio is probably the Toshiba 46TL968's main weak point. Armed with two 10W speakers and two special preset modes, Dual 1 and Dual 2, the Toshiba 46TL968 nevertheless fails to conjure enough in the way of low frequency audio to lend high-octane sequences of Pacific enough depth.

Toshiba 46TL968B review

The width is nothing to get excited about, either, though for everyday TV watching it just about suffices.

Value

The Toshiba 46TL968 may purport to be a 3D TV, but there are no 3D glasses in the box. That's a huge shame for a TV costing this much, especially as the brand often supplies up to four pairs in its sets that sport the Easy 3D system. We're disappointed by the remote control, too.

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