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Toshiba 55WL968 review

There are better premium TVs and good sets that are far cheaper Tested at £1500

Our Verdict

There are better premium TVs and good sets that are far cheaper

For

  • Slim and stylish
  • Integrated Wi-Fi
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Big screen
  • Vivid pictures
  • OK sound

Against

  • Issues with fast motion
  • Lacks detail and definition compared to the best
  • 3D is average

The WL Series is currently Toshiba’s flagship TV range, making this 55in monster pretty much the icing on the cake for the company’s TV line-up. OK, so the 55ZL2 glasses-free 4K Ultra HD set is the cherry on that icing, but back in the real world, the 55WL968 is top dog.

Toshiba 55WL968 review: Features
A full LED HD, passive 3D set, it has all the trappings you’d expect in a flagship model. A super-thin bezel and a slim chassis make sure it looks the part. It’s wi-fi-enabled out of the box, or you can connect via ethernet to stream content.

There's DLNA capability, BBC iPlayer and YouTube, streaming movie service Acetrax, internet radio from Aupeo! and a web browser.

Toshiba Places is the name for the company’s smart content hub, recently redesigned. It looks much smarter now, plus it’s fast to browse and fairly intuitive. The remote control is quite chunky but feels good in the hand, though the buttons are a little cluttered at first glance.

Elsewhere, the 55WL968B sports a Freeview HD digital plus analogue tuner, two USB and four HDMI inputs, PC, component and Scart connections, and a digital optical audio output, headphone connection and analogue audio mini-jack input. No complaints with the specs, then.

Toshiba 55WL968 review: Performance

HD channels on the integrated Freeview tuner are bright and colourful, favouring a punchy colour palette. In isolation, edges are reasonably well defined and there’s decent levels of detail, but the best in class do better in both these areas. Motion can be a little slurred, too, with images losing stability in fast motion.

Naturally if you switch to SD channels you lose definition and sharpness, but the vivid feel of the picture remains, although lower-quality channels do look a little blocky and unstable trying to fill the screen.

Watching DVDs we pick up decent detail and sharpness to close-up shots, bold colours and skin tones that stay just on the right side of being over-saturated. Black levels let the side down however, lacking definition and depth in dark scenes.

Toshiba 55WL968 review: Backlight bleed
With Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, our eyes are also drawn to issues with the backlight around the edge of the screen, with spots of light bleeding into the picture.

Blu-ray is more enjoyable, pictures looking sharper and definition better, but there’s a level of detail missing compared with the best. Toshiba’s ClearScan technology does its best – we like it in Standard mode – but there’s still some juddering.

If you want to watch 3D then you’ll need to stump up for the glasses –at least being passive they’re much cheaper. Avatar 3D remains our go-to disc and while there’s plenty of depth, the 3D performance is let down by poor motion.

Toshiba 55WL968 review: Verdict
Toshiba has turned out some very good sets over the past year or so, but with the TV market as competitive as it is at the moment, the 55WL968B is no better than average at this price.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesWL968
Product NameToshiba 55WL968
Product Model55WL968
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLED-LCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number55WL968F

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Energy and Performance

Energy Efficiency ClassA+
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption80.90 W

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand28.8 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate26 kg
Width with Stand123.4 cm
Weight Approximate21.20 kg
Height with Stand79.5 cm
Width123.4 cm
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Depth4.3 cm
Height73.6 cm
ColourAluminium
Dimensions73.6 cm (H): 123.4 cm (W): 4.3 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesWeb Browser
Streaming ServiceHbbTV
Aspect Ratio16:9
3D Type3D
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Internet AccessYes
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Smart TVYes
3D TechnologyPolarized
PC StreamingYes
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Wi-Di TechnologyYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemAudyssey EQ

Video

Digital TunerDVB-S2
Motion Interpolation Technology400 Active Motion Rate
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationCEC