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Toshiba 55WL863B review

Toshiba transplants its Japanese 'intelligent' TV tech to the UK

Our Verdict

For

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Good feature count
  • Mostly excellent picture quality
  • Fair price for what's on offer

Against

  • Online service needs more features
  • Crosstalk on 3D images
  • Minor backlight 'bleed' in the corners

For a couple of years now there's been an increasingly wide divide between Toshiba in Japan and Toshiba in the UK.

For while Toshiba's Japan division has been blazing a high-end trail with its phenomenally powerful and entirely uncompromising CEVO TVs, Toshiba in the UK has been increasingly turning into a (very successful) budget brand.

Today, though, Toshiba is finally trying to get back on higher ground with the 55WL863: its first UK TV to carry the brand's CEVO Engine.

This powerful processing engine ushers in a number of potentially important picture features, including an advanced 2D to 3D conversion engine, a 3D version of Toshiba's long-respected Resolution+ system for boosting sharpness and detail, and a potentially very handy NetResolution+ system for improving the look of streamed video from the Internet.

The CEVO Engine is also used to drive the 55WL863's PRO-LED screen, complete with a degree of local dimming.

As you would expect of a high-end TV, the 55WL863 has active 3D playback, extensive multimedia playback via USB or DLNA PC, and online features courtesy of Toshiba's new Places system - complete with some intriguing personalisation options.

Also contributing to the set's high end appeal is its build quality - born out of Toshiba's recent collaboration with the Jacob Jensen Design studio.

Alongside the 55WL863 can be found the 42-inch 42WL863 and 46-inch 46WL863, while if you fancy the same spec and build quality but in a silver finish, you've got the YL863 series.

If you'd prefer a passive 3D solution, meanwhile, then Toshiba's got your back there too, in the shape of its VL863 series. But today's all about the 55WL863, and finding out just what a newly invigorated, high-end Toshiba might be capable of.

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 WL863
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, EU Ecolabel
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)25.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption184 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 Stand844 mm
Width with Stand1265 mm
Depth with Stand356 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height765 mm
Width1265 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesWL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model55WL863
Product NameREGZA 55WL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number55WL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Total performance. The WL series offers stunning 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, 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 sandblast metal design, designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 55WL863 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
Response Time4 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)20.60 kg