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Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB review

John Archer



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Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB
  • Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB
  • Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB
  • Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB
  • Toshiba Regza 40LV713DB
  • REGZA LV 40LV713B 40" LCD TV (1920x1080, 50Hz, Freeview, HDTV)


Our Score:


The first model from Toshiba’s new 2010 TV range, the 40LV713DB, is both refreshing and slightly disturbing all at the same time.

What’s refreshing is its sheer simplicity: it’s a no-nonsense, stripped down TV built with at least one eye always on its final, eye-catchingly cheap price (we’ve found it going for just £550).

What’s slightly disturbing is the sight of a brand as respected as Toshiba continuing to flog the price pony for all its worth, rather than using its undoubted talents to try and make some much-needed margin at higher levels of the TV marketplace. We know the brand did some serious volumes of sales last year on the back of its aggressive pricing strategy, but can any brand get by on volume alone in these still dark and gloomy times?

We don’t know. And actually, you know, provided Toshiba doesn’t actually collapse, nor do we care!

For with our pure consumer hat firmly on, the bottom line is that the 40LV713DB’s £550 price tag provides you with a ridiculously affordable way to get your hands on 40in of surprisingly good LCD picture quality.

Not that the 40LV713DB exactly had us at hello, though. For actually, we found its design rather cumbersome, thanks to the large expanse of glossy but overtly plasticky bezel that sprawls out from the screen’s edges. Not to put too fine a point on it, the 40LV713DB looks kind of cheap.

Its connections have a couple of unpleasant surprises up their sleeves too. First, there are only three HDMIs when most of Toshiba’s budget models last year managed four. And second, there’s no Ethernet jack, which can mean only one thing: the set doesn’t carry a Freeview HD tuner.

This won’t matter much, of course, if you’ve already got a Sky or Freesat HD installation supplying you with your HD goodies. But we suspect it might be enough to immediately put off a chunk of those people in the UK lucky enough to live in a Freeview HD reception area.

The lack of Ethernet provision also means that the TV has no DLNA support or online features, leaving as its only significant multimedia talents its carriage of a VGA PC port and a USB input that can play JPEG stills and MP3 music files.

Brian ONeill

May 25, 2010, 4:41 pm

It would be good to get a review of this new tv:


Its only £499 :-)


May 26, 2010, 12:58 am

I'd rather they reviewed the C550 or C650. And I wonder what they think of the design of the new Samsungs too. I preferred the deep red/black they had last year but they've went for a more summery look this time. (I think once you get to a 40"+ TV in the middle of your room, design becomes increasingly important.)


December 5, 2011, 9:17 pm

I managed to purchase this TV from amazon for under 𧹈 last year. And the review suggests that the lack of ethernet connectivity limits the internet capability to the vga input. Well, I purchased a FoxConn netbook and connect via HDMI to the TV - transforming it into a swift internet and multimedia display unit. Sure, the sound is pretty terrible but, connected to a surround system (and not a terribly expensive one at that) this is negated. The sound is excellent when watching Blu Ray and Sky HD broadcasts. And the picture is as good as many Bravia and Viera models of a similar display size costing a good deal more.

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