VIDEO: Our Toshiba glasses-free 3D TV has arrived!

Update 30.03.12

It's arrived! Our review sample of the world's first consumer, glasses-free 3D TV – Toshiba's 55ZL2 – has landed in our test rooms.

Our test team is busy putting it through its paces right now, and we'll be publishing the full review – plus video – here on on Monday, April 2nd.

In the meantime, we've filmed a short unboxing video for you to watch:

And you can read lots more about glasses-free 3D tech in our special blog.

Published 06.03.12

Glasses-free 3D, the holy grail of 3D TV viewing, will be hitting UK shores in March in the form of Toshiba's 55ZL2. It will be available to order from March 12th.

Toshiba has confirmed the news at its UK TV and home cinema product launch this afternoon.

The Toshiba 55ZL2 will cost £7000 for a 55in TV.

At today's product showcase the company was showing a mixture of native content, photo files, upscaled 2D video and, of course glasses-free 3D.

We're already on the hunt for a review sample! Key tech specs include:

• Multi-core CEVO picture engine

• 3840 x 2160 resolution

• 9,000,000:1 dynamic contrast

• Hybrid back and edge-lit LED with local dimming

• AMR800 picture processing

• 2D-to-3D conversion

• Freeview HD

• Smart functionality

• USB HDD recording

• Wi-fi


• Auto-calibration tool included

• 4 HDMI inputs

• 2 USB inputs

The glasses-free 3D, 4k TV set will be available exclusively from John Lewis on Oxford Street at first before going on sale across town at Harrods. No word on any further availability as yet.

A whole host of other Toshiba 2012 TV models have been confirmed, too, which will include the EL, BL, DL, RL, TL, VL and WL/YL ranges. One L of a range, then.

Also new are Blu-ray players, which are set to include the BDX1300KB, 3300KB, 4300KB and 5300KB, priced from £69 to £109. More on those in our separate news story.

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Joe Cox
Content Director

Joe is the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).