Toshiba 40TL868 review

Full spec and ace performance: a return to form for Toshiba Tested at £480

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Our Verdict

Simple but effective style and execution make for a truly tempting Toshiba TV

For

  • Slick, minimalist design
  • updated smart TV offering includes BBC iPlayer
  • solid picture performance

Against

  • Interface a little slow to react
  • occasional motion wobbles

Toshiba appears to have rediscovered its mojo. The 40TL868 is a classic example of the type of TV the company used to excel at: thoroughly competent in every department, smart to look at and, perhaps most importantly, affordable.

A 40in LED-backlit set with Freeview HD plus 100Hz processing on board, it might not be the best TV we've ever tested, but it's certainly a lot of quality for your cash.

Superb performance and value
It's 3D-capable for a start, although it doesn't come with glasses.

However, the optional FPT-AG01G active-shutter ones are less than £60 at the time of writing, so even in fully specced-up form, the 40TL868 remains a relative bargain.

It's smart, too. Last year's Toshiba range suffered from limited online functionality, but the 40TL868 is a big improvement, offering BBC iPlayer, Facebook access, Aupeo! music streaming and more via its Toshiba Places portal.

The platform works well, and if you splash another £40 on the WLM-20U2 dongle, you can go wi-fi, too.

All this, and the Toshiba's picture is consistently capable whatever you throw at it. Its motion-handling is decent as long as you set its motion processing to a fairly low setting, and even in 3D it's a largely stable and enjoyable watch.

No problem with moving images
Black levels and contrast are also up to par: there's some backlight inconsistency when the TV is on idle, but with a signal there's no obvious cause for concern with moving images – even Harry Potter's murky offering. Sound is clear too, although it lacks big bass.

What of broadcast TV? Oddly, the Toshiba includes a satellite input to match its aerial in, but it isn't Freesat-approved, and doesn't come backed by the Freesat EPG. Not that it matters much, because the Toshiba's Freeview HD pictures are fine, if not as subtle as the best plasma sets.

But, of course, that's not the point. The 40TL868 costs way less than something like Panasonic's TX-P42GT30 (our 2011 TV of the Year), yet it's not disgraced in the company of that exalted set. That has to make it a bargain, and has to mean it's well worth every one of its five stars.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesTL868
Product NameToshiba 40TL868
Product Model40TL868
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number40TL868B

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand24 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate14.50 kg
Width with Stand92.3 cm
Weight Approximate12.20 kg
Height with Stand62.9 cm
Width92.3 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth5.7 cm
Height56.2 cm
Dimensions56.2 cm (H): 92.3 cm (W): 5.7 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Teletext, Hotel Mode, Child Lock
Streaming ServiceYouTube, HbbTV, BBC iPlayer
Aspect Ratio16:9
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Internet AccessYes
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size101.6 cm (40")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption123 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • 40TL868 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Environmental CertificationEU Ecolabel, RoHS

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year