Toshiba isn’t a brand we particularly associate with the ugly stick. Its sets might not set new aesthetic standards or establish new trends, but they’re certainly not ugly. Especially for TVs usually found at the budget end of the TV market.
However, it would seem that Toshiba has been feeling a little insecure about its looks. Either that, or it’s been feeling a little insecure about becoming increasingly identified with cheap and cheerful telly fare, and has decided to try and get back into the (usually more profitable) premium end of the TV market.
For before us today, in the shape of the 46VL758, sits a true designer TV. A set for which Toshiba coughed up likely large amounts of cash in order to secure the talents of the internationally renowned Jacob Jensen Design studio.
This is a studio known and admired throughout the world for its work in multiple product design areas, from home appliances through to furniture and other TVs and audio products. And it’s really come up trumps in terms of the 46VL758’s build quality, which features practically no plastic and sits atop a gorgeous brushed metal stand. It’s also good to find the main screen coming in at well under 30mm in depth, and sporting a bank of touch-sensitive control buttons that you can’t even see until you activate them.
Yet somehow, despite all this, the 46VL758 still doesn’t really look special. The problem is that its design qualities are all matters of detail - stuff you can only fully appreciate once you’re up close and personal. From a normal viewing distance, the set doesn’t really look all that different to plenty of other 46in TVs. Not ugly, by any means, but not truly original in the way other brands have managed to be when using the services of external design specialists.
With this in mind, it’s perhaps fortunate that despite showing a flicker of premium intent from Toshiba, the 46VL758 isn’t actually spectacularly expensive by 46in TV standards. So if it can serve up some cracking picture and sound quality to go with its sleek and well-constructed bodywork, it can certainly still end up being a highly successful TV.
Another sign of the sort of attention to detail that’s the strongest suit of the 46VL758’s design comes from the way many of its most widely used connections can be accessed from the TV’s side. This is a much better option for people wanting to wall-hang their TV than the common approach of having all sockets facing directly out of a TV’s back.