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Toshiba 46YL863 review

Toshiba adds design panache to its Cevo technology in an almost brilliant 46-inch 3D TV

Our Verdict

For

  • Gorgeous design and sturdy build
  • Mostly excellent picture quality
  • Fair value
  • Good online interface

Against

  • Online service lacks content
  • Some crosstalk with 3D
  • Minor backlight inconsistencies
  • Integrated camera is poor

If you live in the UK, chances are your main impression of Toshiba these days is of a value-driven brand that successfully sells mostly good TVs for less money than you'd expect.

If you live in Japan, though, your impression will be very different. There the brand is at the cutting edge of high-end innovation, thanks to the way it integrates its 'Cell' PC technology into its TVs to deliver extreme feature counts and class-leading picture quality.

Now, happily, Toshiba has finally deigned to let at least a bit of its Japanese power filter through to the UK, in the extremely pretty shape of the 46YL863: a designer 46-inch TV equipped with at least a smidgen of Cell power, known as the Cevo Engine.

This should make its presence felt in the television's general picture quality, thanks to more advanced, faster processing. It should also have a particularly strong impact on 3D playback, as it powers a 3D version of Toshiba's 'Resolution +' sharpness enhancement.

Toshiba 46yl863 review

It even has the potency to tidy up the notorious crud-fests you tend to get with video streamed from internet sources such as YouTube.

The Cevo Engine even enables the Toshiba 46YL863 to provide an intriguing auto-calibration system, provided you're willing to pay extra for it. We'll explore this later.

Add to these 'premium' features, elements such as active 3D playback support, built-in smart TV functionality and a reasonably well developed set of multimedia playback tools, and you've got a TV with the potential to take on big boys such as the Samsung UE46D8000 and the Panasonic P50VT30.

Alongside the YL863 series in Toshiba's range is the WL863 series, which is essentially the same TV, only finished in black.

Stepping down the range, you get to the VL863 series, which offers a passive 3D solution and doesn't use the Cevo Engine. There's also a cheaper active shutter 3D option in the shape of the TL868 range.

For now, though, we've got our flagship goggles on with the Toshiba 46YL863. So for the next couple of thousand words or so, only the very best will do.

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 FamilyREGZA YL863
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
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption152 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio7,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand724 mm
Width with Stand1067 mm
Depth with Stand288 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height653 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesYL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext, Digital Noise Reduction
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46YL863
Product NameREGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number46YL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Total performance. The YL series offers outstanding design coupled with leading technology to provide a complete 3D, PRO-LED and Smart TV solution. It features Toshiba's CEVO Engine, an ultra-powerful, multi-core processing platform designed to deliver new levels of image quality. As well as being able to display Full HD 3D images (1 pair of 3D glasses included), the CEVO Engine can also upscale 2D content to high quality 3D in real time, giving you the ability to view your favourite 2D films in immersive 3D.

Resolution+ upscales and enhances the quality of lower resolution 3D, 2D and online content to near High Definition quality. The Full HD 1080p panel is supported by Toshiba's advanced PRO-LED backlighting system to offer stunning picture quality with consistent brightness and enhanced deep colours with improved black level performance. All of this is housed in an ultra-thin brushed aluminium design, designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 3.5mm Scart Adapter
  • 1 x Pair Active Shutter 3D Glasses
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year