A further mess comes with the 55WL768’s multimedia capabilities. For while the set proudly boasts that it has file formats it can handle via a network, it’s more of a digital rendering device than a true multimedia portal in the usual TV sense of the word, producing a much less ‘integrated’ feel to its cooperation with your PC. As a result, we suspect precious few people will have the time, inclination or basic PC knowledge to get its DLNA capabilities working properly. The USB ports actually handle more multimedia files comfortably than the DLNA system.
All in all, it’s impossible to shake the feeling that the 55WL768 isn’t quite the finished article – not great for a £1,600 TV.
Focusing on less half-formed features, the 55WL768 sports Toshiba’s Active Vision M200 processing engine, complete with the brand’s impressive Resolution+ standard def upscaling technology, and 200Hz processing for reducing motion blur and judder. There’s a further and actually quite welcome ‘film stabilisation’ mode that gives you a degree of choice over how smooth motion looks.
Toshiba has managed to included a degree of colour and white balance management even on its entry level TVs, so it’s no surprise to find the 55WL768 sporting such welcome image calibration aids as 2-point or 12-point white balance adjustment; the facility to adjust the balance and tint of the RGB colour elements; and hue, saturation and brightness controls for all six of the primary video colours.
Moving on to the set’s 3D capabilities, there’s not much to say aside from the fact that the 3D transmitter is built into the screen, and you get a solitary pair of active shutter ‘RealD 3D’ glasses for free. There are no tools for adjusting the image’s depth and nor, more surprisingly, is there any 2D to 3D conversion. Not that this latter omission actually bothers us much…
First impressions of the 55WL768 in action are startlingly promising. We started out with its Freeview HD tuner, and a number of strengths really shone out. For a start, the edge LED lighting driving the full HD LCD panel delivers exceptional brightness and punch – in stark and welcome contrast to the slightly muted look of Toshiba’s current ‘mainstream’ TVs.
Even better, excessive noise or any seriously overcooked colours do not accompany the striking dynamism of the 55WL768’s images. The palette the set displays is actually the widest and most natural we’ve seen to date from a Toshiba TV bar, perhaps, the brand’s very expensive direct LED SV685 models.
HD images via the Freeview HD tuner or Blu-rays, meanwhile, look very detailed and impressively crisp. Especially as the set is also arguably Toshiba’s best LCD TV yet when it comes to suppressing motion blur. Even standard definition pictures can look likeably sharp without suffering excessive noise thanks to the Resolution+ system (so long as you don’t go beyond its level three setting).
At their best – by which we mean fed the right sort of detailed, bright, colour-rich content – the 55WL768’s 2D images are up there with the very best the TV world has to offer. They really are.