Despite the fact that we’ve found the 40WL753 selling for around £700, it’s actually Toshiba’s flagship 40in TV.
This is perhaps not totally surprising for a brand that’s done brisk business since apparently repositioning itself as a budget brand two or three years ago. But it does make us wonder if Toshiba is really capable of making a truly premium TV any more. Guess we’ll have to see what the brand’s designer VL series and 3D-capable WL768 models have to say about that when they turn up in the very near future.
But that’s a debate for another day. Getting back to business with the 40WL753, one obvious thing about its surprisingly low price is that it raises hopes the TV will turn out to be a bargain - as many other recent Toshiba sets have been. And certainly there’s not much about the set’s spec sheet that undermines such hopes.
For instance, it uses that technology du jour, edge LED lighting. Plus it’s got a full HD native resolution, a Freeview HD tuner built in, and what appears on the surface to be a pretty strong suite of multimedia tools.
Delivered by two USB ports, an SDHC card slot and an Ethernet port, these multimedia features comprise payback of MP3, JPEG and DivX files, plus access to online services.
However, it wouldn’t do to confuse the 40WL753 with a true online TV like Panasonic’s Viera Cast models, Philips’ Net TV models, or Sony’s Bravia Internet Video models. For actually, the only service available on the 40WL753 at the time of writing is YouTube. And judging by the way the YouTube portal just sits there in a multimedia menu, with no ‘window-dressing’, we suspect this is going to be the sum total of the set’s online features rather than more appearing via firmware updates in the future.
An interesting quirk of the 40WL753’s YouTube portal is that it provides two different access methods: a standard, Internet-like one with extensive text input and PC-like nav controls. Much more usable is a more intuitive ‘XL’ interface designed with TV remote controls in mind. The only catch is that this portal seemed more unstable during our tests than the long-winded method. But it only crashed twice in a four-day period, so we guess that isn’t really too bad. And Toshiba can probably send a ‘patch’ to the TV anyway if a persistent problem with the YouTube XL portal is identified.