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Value for money
on 3 January 2013
It appears that Toshiba are currently under-pricing some of their products to get new consumers. This TV is very good value for money, considering the cost of competing big name Smart TVs. Not perfect, but I'm very pleased with what this TV does well.
What I like:
Sound quality when connected through amp.
LED back-lit, meaning no ambient light escapes from air vents and also makes for a thin TV.
2 USB ports, meaning you can connect an HDD into one and a wireless USB keyboard for typing in browser / YouTube app.
You can record from Freeview HD.
Good number of signal inputs: 3 x HDMI, 1 x Scart, 1 x VGA, 1 x Digital aerial (Freeview HD) and 1 x Component video*.
Smart TV functions: iPlayer, YouTube and access to various multimedia features through Toshiba Places.
Can play back a wide range of media formats from USB drive.
What I do not like:
Speakers are a little weak.
Smart TV web browser is rubbish. Very slow to deal with content-rich web pages.
Text entry is clunky with Toshiba remote in Smart TV apps.
No 4oD or ITV player through Smart TV (yet?).
Overall, I give this 5/5. Yes, there are issues to be addressed (mainly the lack of support for TV services available through the internet, and the terrible web browsing experience), but considering the price I can't fairly deduct points. A word of advice - if you plan to use YouTube frequently, get a wireless USB keyboard. A keyboard / mouse combo will work in the web browser, but the browsing experience is soooo poor I wouldn't bother.
* Note: If you have a Wii, buy a component-out cable to get the best possible picture. The Wii does not support full HD, but the component connection gives a noticeably better picture on HD TVs than the standard composite connection. I find the picture quality on this TV with the component connection to be good enough to not distract from the gameplay at all.