Toshiba Regza 40WL768 3D LED TV Review

Toshiba Regza TV denotes vibrancy, and dynamic picture quality. No sooner than Toshiba declared Regza product lines as a compilation of large-sized flat panel televisions, the global expectation soared-up high. From being a brand ambassador of Toshiba it has metamorphosed in to unbelievable heights, both in terms of performance and design. As how a corporate uniform subtly express the organisation’s value and is a silent marketing tool, so is the design of any home appliance. Unfortunately, many manufacturers overlook this fact and design the product by pooling only the technical experts and not the design experts. On the other hand, Toshiba has tested this new pasture by collaborating with ‘Jacob Jensen’, a pioneer in product design. Regza 40WL768 had been designed over a period of six months. The aesthetic look would conform to almost any interior decoration of the living room. Toshiba Regza 40WL768 is developed to create a good balance between form and function, as look is not everything.

Overview

Regza 40WL768 40-inch Television is built with edge LED technology and one could say that all aspects of television are taken care of. Right from the visual, audio and up to the connectivity everything takes a breath of fresh air. The auto-view technology can alter the picture settings in either ways, viz the one based on the surrounding light and the other based on the incoming quality. The active vision 200Hz technology gives a processing speed almost four times than the traditional one. The resolution plus technology upscale the standard definition content to a sharper and better picture with clarity in details and colours. It is also equipped with the SoundNavi that can project and amplify the sound as similar to freestanding televisions. The Dolby volume controls any frustrating sound fluctuation that usually occurs while swapping the channels or during commercial breaks. Apart from the afore-said features, internet and Wi-Fi connection, HDMI sockets etc. are the worthy additions.

Design

Referring Toshiba Regza 40WL768 3D TV to slim and sleek would definitely be an understatement. It is because it is neither flamboyant nor grandiose, but it belongs to the self-eloquent class that speaks of a breathtaking style and elegance. Especially the Regza WL series is strikingly slim with negligible depth. As stated earlier, the design part is done in collaboration with ‘Jacob Jensen’; hence there is no shortage of style quotient.  It took more than 20 drafts prior to finally zeroing this model. The efforts have taken form with respect to precision and viewing angle. If looked from all directions, especially from the sides, there is no Grey scale shifting. It is good to see finally a slim television has greatly controlled the afore-said effect and produces good picture quality. It is made using glass and metal, thus rendering an organic yet a sophisticated touch. Despite the use of glass and metal the product is completely light-weighted and can be moved around. It seamlessly blends and reflects richness in any living room. The TV is modeled with frame free front which eliminates the frame space that can interfere with the viewing experience. It is a bold move and the space that would be occupied by the frame is intelligently converted as a part of the screen itself. Moreover the frame free front look is accentuated by having back lit touch control. As a result, when the television is not in use the controls are invisible. It is beautiful even when switched off. It can be also be wall mounted using the wall bracket.

Slots and Connectivity

Toshiba Regza 40WL768 Full HD TV consists of 4 HDMI inputs and the slots are not arranged in a straight line but are opposite to each other. This sort of arrangement is convenient in one way, as the user can connect quickly. Regza 40WL768 has eliminated the need of connecting audio output from the television to the amplifier, because the HDMI cable takes care of it. The Regza link works fine but it has limited connectivity, as one computer and one amplifier can be connected, the PC cannot be routed through the AV amplifier. Home network connection is good and Regza gives away two USB port, one for the photo viewing and the other for the media player. The HDMI connections are made reverse compatible also. This means that even if the HDMI equipment is bit old, it can be made to work with the television. By setting the ‘Instaport’ feature, prior to plugging the device asserts the connection and can be viewed. In continuation to the same, the HDMI settings in this TV serve a right mix of entertainment and quality. Take for an example, preferential setting to enhance the quality of the incoming signal through the HDMI setting is possible.

3D Glass

Likewise the TV body, the 3D glass is also designed in a very simple manner and is readily understandable. It is completely accessorised with nose pad, head strap, and all necessary maintenance items such as cleaning cloth, glass case and screw drivers. Synonymous to the existing 3D glasses this one is also based on Active shutter glass technology. The technology limits the user to tilt their head or lying down in a comfortable position while watching the TV. Toshiba recommends an ideal viewing distance of seven feet away and if this position is altered the IR communication between the TV and the 3D glass would be disrupted causing the 3D to stop functioning. The 3D glass turns off automatically if not in use for more than five minutes. The LED indicator blinks even when the shutdown process is not properly executed.

The glass is light weighted and can be worn over prescription glass too. Unlike the LG glass model, it is not so very closely packed. The only shortcoming is that is, it is of the run on the mill, battery operated category. As it runs on a coin-type one, it has to be replaced imminently after every usage. Roughly the battery can withstand 75 hours. Since, the 3D glasses are a sort of precision equipment; the battery replacement process must be carefully done not to damage the lens.

Remote Access Control

Toshiba has pocketed many worthy features in the Regza 40WL768 3D IPTV and had tried to index everything in the remote control, so none of the features would get unnoticed. Though we appreciate the idea, it gives a cramped view of the remote control. To begin with, the buttons gradually lose their legibility while the user descends from the upper portion towards the centre area which is regarded as the usability hub. Some of the direct- access control buttons are highly useful. Even though we continue the same rhythm of hoarding many buttons on to the remote control, we still must appreciate the effort of dispersing the controls in a logical manner. This is evident in the way that the Regza link activity is placed in the remote so as to get a separate attention. Some of the one stop access items are note-worthy in Toshiba. To name a few, picture controls, wide screen viewing, stereo & bilingual transmissions and the text control & text services. The picture control gives away all sort of the visual adjustments ranging from dynamic, Hollywood, game and PC. The settings could be further personalised with the brightness, tint, sharpness, backlight, contrast and colour. One unique component namely the base colour adjustment gives a good customisation of individual colours, particularly when using any external device the blend gets better. The widescreen view offers to adjust the view based on the content. Options such as superlive, cinema, 14:9, PC normal, PC wide and Dot by Dot are well contrived and it nearly covers almost all the input sources. The bilingual transmissions are useful if a particular program is transmitted in more than one language. On hitting the direct button, the television notifies if it is bilingual or stereo and the user can select the desirable soundtrack in that broadcast language. The text services are highly advanced in this model; especially the control buttons for the text services are higher in the remote control. Take for an example, it is possible to hold the text page and can enlarge text display. It would come handy while watching a news channel or playing interactive games. As stated earlier, clarity is compromised towards the end of the remote. Rather than embedding not so frequently used features in a folder manner, Regza 40WL768 has dished out everything forthright in the remote control and hence the user would take time for being familiar with the operations. One consolation part is that the Regza link occupies a good amount of space in the lower part with its main attributes arranged in a chronological manner.

User interface and Set-up

The user interface is similar to the trendy television line-ups.  To begin with, the external source configuration is made breezy. The frequency detection is fast and the settings can be fine tuned quickly. Both types of tuning viz ATV manual tuning and DTV manual tuning are possible. The DTV tuning is bit different with options such as the ‘Move’. A group of channels can be moved to the desired location using the afore-said option. Once listed, the channels are sorted and saved as per the preference. It is somewhat less complicated and gets the viewer’s channel listing very neatly. By setting the television time correctly, it can synchronous with the programme guide mode perfectly. The programme guide is at a very raw stage and lack of details such as the time limit for the tuning is not mentioned. Many competitors provide program details available within the time span seven days, but Toshiba Regza does not perform that function effectively. Advanced options such as notifying the user regarding a particular programme also seems like a cripple in a far advanced model as this one.

The 3D content can be viewed in three formats, top to bottom, side by side and frame packing. There are several settings and 3D timer settings notify the user when the 3D viewing has crossed the viewing time. However, Toshiba has strewn options such as 3D lock, 3D pin code and 3D timer lock within the 3D settings. The user would rarely get in to the Pin or the timer options. On the other hand, had it been studded with picture control or the noise reduction setting, it would have been beneficial. At the same time, it do contain good software keyboard and would be completely advantageous when either PC or internet is connected.

Features

Display

The display is based on the LED technology. It is coupled with state of art backlighting system that gives good colour vibrancy and contrast. Though the dimension is slim, the pixels are not cramped in the circuit, thus providing rich clarity. Unlike the plasma, the energy consumption is minimal. The response times are faster. The picture processing is nearly four times rapid when compared against the older rates which are 50 hertz. Overall, a great picture transition occur thereby producing smooth and fine details.

Auto view and ambient Light sensor

The auto view readily adjusts the picture setting by analysing the surrounding lighting and the content quality. The light sensor regularly controls the back light. The black level is good and the dark content is displayed with good depth and some areas it has blue tint to it. This is something inherent of the LCD displays. It is again so, because there are no dead pixels in the screen.

iPTV

iPTV feature enables the user to connect the television to a wireless or wired network. It provides two contents viz YouTube and BBC iPlayer. The selection list is good and we trust that Toshiba can include many more such items in the category to make the feature completely beneficial.

Interactive Features

There are several interactive features in the Toshiba Regza 40WL768 such as the digital text, Electronic Programme Guide, built in Freeview windows 7 certified, and many more. The text services are notable and are provided with three options viz auto, fastext and list. The options are automatically chosen depending on the language setting. Furthermore the sub pages are actively updated. Availability of Regza link connects the devices compatible with it and allows the user to have just one remote control operation.

Performance

Colour

The image quality is good in any mode, especially the Hollywood mode with the Digital noise reduction activated, the outer edges are cropped and some minute details are smoothed off. Though the red is splashed in excess it does not seem to annoy the viewing. Inherit to the LCD displays is the issue of blue and black tinting which is not mended in this one too.  The white balance adjustment gives a balanced tuning of RGB thereby yielding quality images. The Gamma setting for the television is around 2.5, which is adequate for low lighting environment. The colour management system controls the hue and saturation. The one are where Toshiba should seriously work on is the ‘brightness control’. It stretches the fine tuning and creates unwanted colour output. Take for an example, while the hue is being adjusted the saturation also gets fine tuned, which is not the user would want. The interaction between the saturation, hue and luminescence has a profound effect on picture quality. On the other hand, the base colour adjustment is consoling as it can control the green adjustment but the red remains adamant. To paraphrase, the picture quality is good, but Toshiba has not coordinated the colour management system effectively.

3D

The 3D displayed controlled colour outputs and maintained liner greyscale features. In the 3D there is a visible lack in the tint of red, since it is consistent throughout all levels, it stays accommodative. The notable shortcoming in the 3D mode is the lack of separate picture settings for the 3D and 2D. It had been designed the same by Panasonic’s earlier 3D televisions, the design flaw that has been corrected later. Owing to this, the user needs to switch many a times to and froth to adjust the 3D colour settings. However, unlike Panasonic, Toshiba Regza has good and even excellent control over redundant colour tints. Overall the picture performance is good in 3D mode.

Standard Definition

The standard definition performance is mediocre, but the scaling job to high definition is considerable only with the exception of high- contrast conversion. Jaggedness is patched up well from video camera content. However, the film mode detection exhibits slight jaggedness for the European SD. Image noise is seen at some particular compressed channels.

High Definition

The high definition quality compensates the defects in the standard definition, the greyscale and gamma mode accelerates the picture sharpness. However, depending on the type of external sources, such as the different Blu-ray discs, very minute blurring effect is noted. This can certainly be ignored, only if the user is not very keen on getting perfect resolution. On the other hand, it does not create any judder effect or grains. All in all, it is only a few steps ahead to be classified as exceptional, in other words the HD is good.

Sound

As the set is based on SoundNavi technology, it gives a profound sound projection. Depending on the mounting system, the SoundNavi amplifies the speakers in a very sensible manner. Besides the Dolby Volume controls the volume fluctuations and eases out the annoying factor that pop ups while switching channels with different volume level. A strong volume consistency is maintained at all levels.

Verdict

The Toshiba brand does not have a great market presence in the European countries. This could be because of biased opinions about the performance. Nevertheless, keeping aside some controllable shortcomings, Toshiba Regza 40WL768 can sweep thorough the market successfully. All in all, it has some great features packed decently in a very chic and highly aesthetic design.

Toshiba Regza 40WL768 Full HD 3D LED TV – Technical Specification Table

Manufacturer Toshiba
Model Name Regza 40WL768
Dimension (W x D x H) 957 x 661 x 288 mm
Viewing Angle 178
Type Slim
Technology LCD
Resolution 1920x 1080
Contrast Ratio 7,000,000:1
Aspect Ratio 16:09
Screen Width 40″
Other Features
3D Yes
Colour Temperature selectable Yes
Meta Brain Yes
MPEG and DR Noise Reduction Yes
Free view HD Yes
EPG Yes
Child Lock Yes
Wireless (Built-in) Yes
DLNA Yes
Connectivity LAN,SCART,PC, 4 HDMI, USB, 5.1 Analogue output,
DVD Player
Audio 10W+10W
Power Supply 133W
Warranty One year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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