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A couple of months ago I got back from work and discovered that my son had broken my old TV (http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/television/lg-32lh3000/1468972/) by accident, as you can imagine I was not happy. After a brief but painless conversation with our insurance company we were given a £350 text voucher to spend at comet. We decided to only allow ourselves an extra £50 on top of this if we found a telly that we thought was worth it.
The Telly we ended up going home with was the Toshiba 40RL953B. Reviews for this telly were mostly positive and as we managed to get it for £399 we were pretty happy as the average price is around £450 at the moment. In hindsight I feel we would have been better off paying a little more or sacrificing some of the functions for a better telly for our purpose.
So first the positives; It looks very nice, the border on our old telly was much thicker and this makes the screen seem even bigger and more pleasant to look at. When connected to my PC via an HDMI cable the picture quality is much better than my old Telly and most of my friends who have TV's from the same price range. HD programmes and games are very clear, my wife and I don't watch much sport but we haven't noticed any motion blur on the things we have been watching. The USB player on the telly is very good and has managed to handle every file format I have thrown at it including HD formats but if you have decided to use USB port for a wireless dongle then this won't be an option for you.
And then the negatives; SD programmes are very poor, The telly sometimes struggles with dark images, most of the issues can be sorted out by turning off the auto functions and sorting out the levels yourself but even after doing this some games and anything in SD will struggle if it is dark. The 'Smart' on this smart TV is poor. I would not choose a telly due to it being smart as my PC will always be able to connect to it and the range of functions on my PC is always going to be greater than that of any smart TV but the smart function on this is pretty much limited to BBC player and overpriced PPV content.
The connectivity options on this TV are OK but I would have rather had 4 HDMI connections than 3 but I purchased an auto HDMI splitter from amazon for a fiver and that seems to work fine with no visible loss of picture or sound quality. The sound quality is OK, it is not particularly loud but we aren't deaf.
I would rather have spent a bit more cash and got a telly that does not struggle with SD and darker images. My wife loves it and for the price seems to be the best that is commonly available. Don't bother with it if you mostly watch SD or are thinking about it as it is a Smart TV.
The 40" RL953 Smart TV series brings more quality content and connectivity to your home.
Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD programs, Internet content and catch-up TV services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook. You can also get access to a range of other online content from Acetrax movies, Flickr, Aupeo Internet radio and more through the Toshiba Places Internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The added convenience of smartphone & tablet remote control operation and Resolution+ image upscaling is also included.
|Product Description:||Toshiba 40RL953B - 40" LED-backlit LCD TV|
|Product Type:||LED-backlit LCD TV - Smart TV|
|Energy Class:||Class A+|
|Power Consumption Operational:||71 Watt|
|Diagonal Size (cm):||101.6 cm|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||- with stand|
|Resolution:||1920 x 1080|
|Display Format:||1080p (FullHD)|
|Motion Enhancement Technology:||100 Hz Active Motion Rate|
|Video Interface:||Component, composite, HDMI, SCART|
|HDMI Ports Qty:||3 port(s)|
|PC Interface:||VGA (HD-15)|
|LCD Backlight Technology:||LED backlight|
|Image Aspect Ratio:||16:9|
|TV Tuner:||1x analogue, 1x digital|
|Digital TV Tuner:||DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2|
|Analogue TV Tuner:||PAL, SECAM|
|Internet Streaming Services:||YouTube, Aupeo!, Facebook, Flickr, Acetrax, BBC iPlayer, Toshiba Connect Apps, Toshiba Places|
|Commercial Features:||Hotel mode|
|Settings Cloning Capability:||Yes|
|Features:||Ambient light sensor (ALS), Audio Description (AD), Expert Mode, Automatic Format Detection (AFD), Real Digital Picture, game mode, 3D Color Management, AutoView, Resolution Plus, Digital Noise Reduction (DNR), MPEG Noise Reduction, Automatic Channel Install (ACI), iPhone/iPad/iTouch Remote Control App, freeze memo, NTSC playback on PAL TV|
|Sound Output Mode:||Stereo|
|Speaker System:||2 speakers|
|Stereo Reception System:||NICAM|
|Remote Control:||Remote control|