Toshiba 50L7355DB review

A so-so performance across the board makes this a TV that’s hard to recommend Tested at £775

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Our Verdict

A so-so performance across the board makes this a TV that’s hard to recommend

For

  • Vibrant picture
  • Reasonable black levels
  • Nice design

Against

  • Colours can look overblown
  • 3D can be unstable
  • Sluggish menus

The Toshiba 50L7355DB has quite the fight on its hands.

Up against a fiercely competitive marketplace filled with arguably more consistent-performing competition, it was never going to be a walk in the park for this entry-level 3D LCD set.

Toshiba 50L7355DB

Toshiba 50L7355DB

Design

Its design certainly looks the part, with a silver rectangular stand and black-and-silver bezel.

It’s one of the better-specced sets at this price when it comes to inputs too, with four HDMI ports alongside two USB inputs and a built-in Freeview HD tuner, though there’s no satellite input for Freesat or Sky.

Things don’t get off to a great start while we’re setting up the TV. With our trusty THX disc on screen, tweaking the picture to suit quickly becomes a rather frustrating affair, with sluggish menus holding us back from getting the job done quickly.

Toshiba 50L7355DB

Toshiba 50L7355DB

So long is the wait on some occasions that we find ourselves pressing the button again, only to cancel out our original request.

The remote feels a little cheap for a set at this price point, too. Our sample rattled when shaken, which we tracked down to a rather wobbly battery cover.

Occasionally we also found buttons unresponsive when pressed, even after numerous changes of batteries. This could well be down to a fault with our sample though.

Picture quality

Toshiba 50L7355DB

Toshiba 50L7355DB

HD channels through the Freeview tuner get this TV back on the right foot again. The picture looks bright and vibrant, if not the last word in detail compared with others in the test.

Whites are seriously bright, though there is a tendency to lose any depth or detail within them, bleaching them out in preference to retaining genuine subtlety.

A closer inspection of the TV’s treatment of colour shows up some interesting results.

With a Blu-ray of Toy Story 3, colours often appear overblown, particularly reds, greens and blues, and there’s a lack of subtlety and texture seen elsewhere, leaving colours looking somewhat flat and two-dimensional.

Watch live action instead, such as a Blu-ray of the 2012 Olympics, and this over saturation isn’t quite as off-putting or as obvious, and can instead make for a rather inviting watch.

Contrast is passable, but could certainly be better.

For example, in the famous Walt Disney castle scene opener, the stars in the sky look to be fewer here than on the Panasonic or Samsung, and they pack less punch as well.

We turned up the Black/White Level settings from ‘Off’ to ‘Low’ in order to improve this, and while it helped somewhat (as well improving black levels), it didn’t raise the Toshiba’s contrast performance to the levels of its competitors.

3D performance

Toshiba 50L7355DB

Toshiba 50L7355DB

3D is included here in an active flavour, but the result isn’t a particularly convincing one.

Image instability crops up more than we’d like, particularly in busier scenes or when anything is brought to the forefront, and motion – while not always a smooth ride in 2D – can feel particularly jerky when in 3D.

ClearScan, Toshiba’s anti-blur technology, is a greyed-out option when in 3D mode, which could well explain it.

Sound quality

Sound, on the other hand, is handled rather nicely. There are a few options for tweaking it in the menus (if you have the patience), but we found the screen performed reasonably well on the standard setting.

It’s a weighty sound, but we did find too much bass can cause the drivers to release a rather odd squeaking sound. We turned the bass down in the audio menu to counteract this.

Features

Toshiba’s new Cloud TV interface feels a long way from competing with the likes of Samsung or Panasonic’s offerings.

With iPlayer, Netflix and BlinkBox alongside the likes of YouTube and BBC News, its app selection isn’t bad, but the design lacks refinement and feels only half done.

Apps are often repeated on a page to make it look busier, low-res images are stretched to fit into bigger ‘featured app’ boxes, and sometimes elements of a page, such as the trending on Twitter box, just doesn’t load.

It lacks the simplicity of other systems, and its not customisable either.

Verdict

This Toshiba always had a fight on its hands. With so many ifs and buts to its name, it’s a hard one to recommend.

You can get a much better TV with a much more consistent performance elsewhere in this test without having to spend as much money.

And that’s a problem the Toshiba just can’t shake.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesL7355
Product NameToshiba 50L7355DB
Product Model50L7355D
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number50L7355DB

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA+
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Energy Consumption per Year105.3 kWh
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption154 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand23.2 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate20 kg
Width with Stand113.1 cm
Weight Approximate17.70 kg
Height with Stand73.3 cm
Width113.1 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Depth5.9 cm
Height67.5 cm
ColourBrushed Aluminium, Matte Black, Silver
Dimensions67.5 cm (H): 113.1 cm (W): 5.9 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesWeb Browser, Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Teletext
Streaming ServiceYouTube, BBC iPlayer, Netflix
Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Smart TVYes
3D TechnologyShutter
PC StreamingYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size127 cm (50")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wi-Di TechnologyYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemNICAM, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey ABX, Audyssey Volume Extension, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Motion Interpolation Technology200 Active Motion & Resolution
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • 50" L7355 3D Smart LED TV with Freeview HD
  • 2 x Pairs of active 3D glasses
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
Environmental CertificationRoHS

Warranty

Limited Warranty1 Year