Toshiba 55ZL2 glasses-free 3D TV specs

John Archer

By John Archer


Key Features

  • 55in LCD with edge LED lighting
  • glasses-free 3D playback
  • Quad HD resolution
  • Cevo Engine processing
  • Toshiba places online service
  • Manufacturer: Toshiba
  • Review Price: £6,999.00
Quick Glance
Size 55
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio 9,000,000:1
Refresh Rate 800
Freeview HD Yes
Size 55
Display Type LED
Max. Resolution 1920 x 1080
Full HD 1080p Yes (Quad HD actually!)
Digital Tuner Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat HD No
3D Ready Yes (glasses-free)
Contrast Ratio 9,000,000:1
Refresh Rate 800
Physical Specifications
Height 832
Width 1253
Depth 357
Weight 30.5
HDMI 4 (v1.4)
Component 1
Composite 1
Scart 1 (RGB)
Digital Audio Out 1 (optical)
Headphone 1
Charging/Computer Connection 3
Ethernet 1
WiFi Yes (built-in)


September 4, 2011, 11:18 am

"..we just didn't believe it would really happen. Partly because no other brand was sounding as if they thought their glasses-free 3D technologies would be ready for at least another five years,.."

I have noted in my TR comments that at last year's Farnborough Air Show I had seen large Phillips glasses-free 3D tvs being used to show off the wares of aerospace companies. They certainly were not pants.

So no big deal but great to see Toshiba kicking the ball rolling. Hopefully the rivals will be bringing theirs out by Christmas 2011.


September 4, 2011, 11:11 pm

Sounds promising - I might even get interested in 3D tv if this works and is available at a reasonable price....


September 5, 2011, 12:21 pm

Now if only all television manufacturers had waited and released glasses-free sets instead than perhaps 3D may have had somewhat of a chance to succeed. I can see a lot of upset early adopters sitting at home with their goofy looking glasses staring in envy at this.


September 5, 2011, 9:00 pm

Try this: Philips Demos Autostereoscopic (Glasses-Free) 3D Display with 150-Degree 3D Viewing Angle @

Was TR at IFA2010?

"Pleasing news for all you 3D sceptics out there - Philips is set to launch the world's first glasses-free 3D TV as early as 2013.

"That's according to Maarte Tobias of Dutch company Dimenco, which is developing the lenticular glasses-free technology on Philips' behalf.

A working prototype of this TV is on display in the Philips hall at IFA, and it really is truly impressive." - By James Rivington of, September 2nd 2010.

See more just type "Phillips glasses-free 3D" in the Google search bar.


September 5, 2011, 9:06 pm

Philips glasses-free 3D hits the UK, 15 July 2011

"Philips glasses free displays are available in the UK after a distribution agreement between MMD, marketer and reseller of Philips-branded LCD monitors, and 3D media organisation, Wonderworks Media.

"The Philips display will be one of the main attractions at the Wonderworks 'Visual Theatre' in London."


Autostereoscopy explained @


September 6, 2011, 5:28 am

It's completely the wrong approach. Forget TV's, we need lasers projecting images directly into our eyes!

Until we can get the picture piped directly into our brains at least.

The kind of people who might buy a set like this are unlikely to want to compromise on image quality, or neck rigidity.


May 16, 2012, 3:01 pm

The displays Philips produce are for public signage - so ideal for trade shows like the Farnborough Air Show, but entirely rubbish in the home. What Toshiba is doing is very different to that, especially with their viewer tracking. In fact, Philips started producing autostereoscopic trade show displays in about 2007/8.


May 16, 2012, 3:11 pm

Really, truly, this Toshiba is trying to do something totally different to the displays you're talking about. None of the previous auto-3D displays have seriously been meant for anything other than signage/marketing, and are extremely clunky, think and heavy, not to mention incapable of producing 2D images of any quality.
More information about 3D screens for signage/promotion here:

Martin Daler

May 16, 2012, 11:27 pm

I love how so called 3D TVs always, always, always use that hackneyed "image bursting outside of the bounds of the frame" idea to tout their 3D abilities, when sadly the bounds of the frame is one very obvious hard limit that they are unable to breach - becasue of course they are not 3D but merely stereoscopic.

If one day they do invent true 3D TVs what, I wonder, will they call them, since they have already 'used up' the 3D moniker? 4D?


May 17, 2012, 11:54 am

I agree with Bugblatter. The Simplest Solution is the Best Solution.


July 30, 2012, 10:40 am

It is little bit expensive. I know it is the first glasses-free TV in industry, but the 3D feature is not the most important feature of a TV. TVs should be bought for high resolution, big screen, smart functions, design as these features are used every day. 3D feature is used only sometimes and I'm not going to pay £7,000 for it. I would rather add little bit more and pay for LG's OLED TVs. They have slim design, gorgeous look and easy passive 3D glasses too.

Claude Lamontagne

September 24, 2013, 11:40 pm

glass-free 3D is not for tomorrow. Too bad because I own one (with glasses) and it's very good. I don't understand why sports especially tennis don't go in that direction...

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