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Toshiba 46TL968B review

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

With a good price and heaving with HDMI and USB slots, the Toshiba 46TL968 is advanced enough to do a job in any living room. Equipped with smart TV apps and on its best behaviour with both SD and HD programmes, it excels with 2D Blu-ray.

Most of all, though, this Edge LED TV meets its brief by being a good value, mid-range television. Just don't expect fireworks.

We liked

The detail, colour and contrast of 2D Blu-ray is where the Toshiba 46TL968 excels, though standard-definition stuff is nicely upscaled, too.

We also liked the unusual chance to choose between a built-in EPG or a web-powered version. Digital files are handled well, while we also liked ClearScan, its effort at creating hyper-real Blu-ray (though it's not perfect).

We disliked

Not having 3D glasses in the box says to us that the Toshiba 46TL968 isn't a 3D TV at all. In practice, it's with 3D that the Toshiba 46TL968 is at its most mediocre, though its speakers, remote control and its Toshiba Places smart TV platform fall into that category, too. In fact, as a user interface, the Toshiba 46TL968's just doesn't seem quite finished.

We also noticed some motion blur, and some light leakage from the LEDs along the panel's edge that easily shows up in a blackout.

Final verdict

A good value package from Toshiba that performs at its best with 2D Blu-ray and upscales reasonably well, the Toshiba 46TL968 nevertheless misses a trick or two.

We love its four HDMI inputs and two USB slots, and its fake plastic brushed metal slim bezel, too, but without 3D glasses in the box how can the Toshiba 46TL968 call itself a 3D TV?

It makes up for that by including Freeview EPG choices and a fair selection of smart TV apps, though the remote control is poor, as are its speakers. Detail, colour and contrast impress, though there's some motion blur and light leakage from the sides that are very noticeable in a blackout.

It's a good effort that will suit the average living room, but the Toshiba 46TL968 contains few surprises considering its £749 (around AU$1,139/US$1,199) asking price.

Also consider

If you want a step-up option from Toshiba, try the 47WL968, a 47-inch LED TV with a 200Hz panel, auto-calibration and passive 3D.

LG's 47LM670T also deals in passive Cinema 3D, and adds a brilliant SmartShare networking feature that nicely integrates USB sticks and a networked PC into the TV's user interface.

Other competitor TVs worth looking at include the Samsung UE46ES6300, which has both Freeview HD and Freesat HD tuners, and the Panasonic TX-L47ET50B, which features a Crystal Frame. Both offer active shutter 3D.

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