Toshiba seems to have rediscovered its mojo. The 40TL868 is a vintage example of the kind of TV the company used to excel at: completely competent in every division, sensible to look at and, possibly most importantly, reasonably priced.
A 40in LED-backlit set with Freeview HD plus 100Hz processing on board, it may not be the best TV we've got ever examined, but it's without a doubt a large number of quality on your cash.
Superb efficiency and value
It's Three-D-capable for a start, even if it does not include glasses.
However, the optional FPT-AG01G active-shutter ones are less than £60 at the time of writing, so even in totally specced-up form, the 40TL868 remains a relative bargain.
It's smart, too. Last yr's Toshiba range suffered from restricted on-line functionality, but the 40TL868 is a big development, providing BBC iPlayer, Facebook access, Aupeo! music streaming and more by the use of its Toshiba Places portal.
The platform works neatly, and in the event you splash every other £40 at the WLM-20U2 dongle, you'll pass wireless, too.
All this, and the Toshiba's image is consistently succesful whatever you throw at it. Its motion-handling is respectable so long as you place its motion processing to a somewhat low atmosphere, or even in 3-D it's a in large part strong and enjoyable watch.
No problem with shifting photographs
Black levels and contrast are also as much as par: there is some backlight inconsistency when the TV is on idle, however with a signal there is not any obtrusive purpose for worry with moving pictures – even Harry Potter's murky offering. Sound is clear too, even though it lacks large bass.
What of broadcast TV? Oddly, the Toshiba includes a satellite input to check its aerial in, however it's not Freesat-approved, and does not come backed by means of the Freesat EPG. Not that it issues much, for the reason that Toshiba's Freeview HD photos are nice, if no longer as refined as the most productive plasma units.
But, after all, that isn't the point. The 40TL868 costs manner not up to something like Panasonic's TX-P42GT30 (our 2011 TV of the Year), but it's not disgraced in the company of that exalted set. That has to make it a discount, and has to mean it is well price every considered one of its 5 stars.
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