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Toshiba 40RL953

Toshiba 40RL953B

40" Edge-LED Flat Mar 2012
Screen Size HD Type LED Backlighting Screen Shape Release Date
Full HD 1080p LED Smart TV - more High Definition content & connectivity for your home. - Built-in YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Facebook & more- LED TV super slim design, better colour- Built-in Freeview... More
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13 Reasons For

Reasonably Priced

A few people reckoned that the Toshiba 40RL953 was good value for money. Cnet.co.uk rated the product 4 stars and wrote “The 40-inch Toshiba 40RL953B offers a big screen size at an affordable price”. Four years ago Whathifi.com mentioned “Toshiba has regained its form of late, so we were excited to see this affordable set in our testing rooms”. Expert review site Itproportal.com said “The 32RL953 feels like good value for money thanks to the quantity” in their review of this TV.

Nice Design

A number of Toshiba 40RL953 owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was good looking. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert review site CNET.co.uk “It's build a stylish TV for a modest price” and gave it a score of 70 out of 100. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk mentioned in their Toshiba 40RL953 review three years ago “It's still a good looking set”.

One Toshiba 40RL953 reviewer mentioned that this TV was neat. Expert review site Itproportal.com said “Toshiba Places is a neatly integrated, great-looking web portal with some high-profile apps, while the operatin”. One customer concluded that the Toshiba 40RL953 was ergonomic. Expert website Whathifi.com wrote in their review of the Toshiba 40RL953 “In ergonomic terms”.

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Smart TV Features Are Good

One Toshiba 40RL953 reviewer said in their reviews that it was good for watching Freeview TV. Expert review site Gadgetshow.channel5.com said four years ago “Freeview HD is also built-in, so”. One Toshiba 40RL953 owner said in their reviews that it was good for watching TV catchup services. Expert review site Techradar.com said “After successfully playing smart TV catchup with some of its more innovative rivals”.

Good High Def TV

Some people said in their reviews that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Expert review site Cnet.co.uk said four years ago “However, while it's a decent performer with HD material”.

Robust

One customer who purchased the product mentioned that it was well made.

Good Size

One Toshiba 40RL953 reviewer mentioned that the Toshiba 40RL953 was thick. Expert review site Techradar.com/au/ said in their review of this TV “We expected to find an attractive, affordable 40-inch TV with decent performance and broad multimedia capability.” nonetheless they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Good Product Quality

One customer concluded that it was good quality. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “At certain times the Toshiba 40RL953 is another quality budget offering from Toshiba” in their review of this TV and rated the product 4 stars.

Toshiba Has Good TV Reviews

We checked 1,407 expert and user reviews for Toshiba televisions and found that on average Toshiba has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Toshiba has good reviews specifically within its mid-size TVs range.

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Supports Smart TV Features

Unlike most of the other televisions that have been around for more than two years which do not support smart TV features, the Toshiba 40RL953 supports smart TV features.

We compared this TV to all the other TVs which support smart TV features and we think the Toshiba 40L7355[plb_1564591_price] which is cheaper; or the LG 47LB650[plb_2229283_price], and the Panasonic TX-47AS650[plb_2232474_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a WiFi Connection

has a WiFi connection

The Toshiba 40RL953 has a WiFi connection, unlike most of the other TVs of a similar spec and age to the 40RL953 which do not have a WiFi connection.

We compared all the other televisions with a WiFi connection to this TV and we think a cheaper TV such as the Toshiba 40L7355[plb_1564591_price] or you might consider a better rated TV such as the LG 47LB650[plb_2229283_price], and the Panasonic TX-47AS650[plb_2232474_price] are also worth considering.

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2160p Video Mode

The Toshiba 40RL953 supports a 2160p video mode which is better than the 1080p video mode supported by most TVs that were launched around the same time as it. This television also support 1080i, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p and 720i and 720p video modes.

This television's video mode (2160p) is in fact the best supported video mode amongst all TVs of a comparable type and age to the 40RL953.

A 480p video mode is the worst supported video mode across similar types of television.

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3D Comb Filter

This television has a 3D comb filter, which is the most frequently found comb filter on comparable spec TVs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Has One Smart Mode

The 40RL953 has a greater number of smart modes than most TVs of a comparable age and spec to it. The most commonly found smart mode is Game, but this smart mode is not found on this TV. The smart modes Hotel are also found on this Toshiba TV.

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11 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on eight expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, CNET.co.uk and whathifi.com the average expert rating of this TV is 65%.

Inferior Technical Features

One person who reviewed it considered that it did not have good features. Expert website Itproportal.com said four years ago “Toshiba’s RL9 series of LED TVs are designed to offer great value for money without stripping away all the sexy features found on its premium TVs” in their review of the Toshiba 40RL953 yet they still gave the Toshiba 40RL953 a score of 4 stars.

Difficult to Use

One customer said in their reviews that the Toshiba 40RL953 was not comfortable and easy to hold. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said in their Toshiba 40RL953 review “It's just a pity that for some reason it really doesn't seem comfortable with the pictures from its own tuner”.

Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other televisions of this type and age, the 40RL953 is not 3D compatible.

If you want a TV that is 3D compatible then you might want to consider the Toshiba 40L7355[plb_1564591_price] or the LG 47LB650[plb_2229283_price], or the Panasonic TX-47AS650[plb_2232474_price].

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Does Not Have a Built-In Camera

Like most of the other mid-size TVs that are a comparable age to the 40RL953, the 40RL953 does not have a built-in camera.

It is worth considering alternative TVs which also have a built-in camera including the Panasonic TX-L42ET60[plb_1854397_price], or the Samsung UE48H8000[plb_2233903_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only Supports Seven Analog Signal Format Systems

The number of analog signal format systems supported by the 40RL953 is more than most mid-size TVs that were launched more than two years ago. The most frequently supported analog signal format system is NTSC, but this analog signal format system is not supported by this television. The analog signal format systems NTSC 4.43, PAL BG, PAL DK, PAL I, SECAM B/G, SECAM D/K and SECAM L are also supported by this TV.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Televisions of a similar type and age to the 40RL953 have RMS rated power of between 2W and 80W, and the average RMS rated power is 18W. At only 10 Watts, the 40RL953 has a fairly low RMS rated power compared to most of the other similar spec televisions that have been on the market for a comparable time to the 40RL953.

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Only Analog Tuner

This TV has an Analog & Digital tuner, which is typical of many comparable spec televisions that are a similar age to it.

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Does Not Feature OLED Technology

Most TVs that came out around the same time as the 40RL953 do not feature OLED technology. The Toshiba 40RL953 is no exception to this as it too does not feature OLED technology.

We think you might also be interested in other televisions which also feature OLED technology including the LOEWE Art 32[plb_2089147_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Cheap

After checking the price of 195 TVs of this age and spec they range in price from £73 to £4,406. We think that this television looks expensive compared to other TVs of this age and spec.

Fairly Slow Response Time

With a response time of 10 milliseconds, the 40RL953 has one of the slower response times amongst comparable spec TVs of this age. The response times of TVs of a similar age and type to the 40RL953 range from 2ms to 400ms, and the average response time is 9.2ms.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Toshiba 40RL953

Full HD HD Type

Full HD HD type

The display resolution of this TV is Full HD, which is typical of many TVs of this age and spec. Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD TVs have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This Toshiba television has been on the market for over four years.

Average Thickness

The 40RL953 has a fairly standard thickness (57 millimeters) compared to most of the other mid-size TVs that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

Display
Screen Size
HD Type
3D Compatible
LED Backlighting
Screen Shape
Motion Interpolation Frequency
Comb Filter
Noise Reduction Feature
Motion Interpolation Technology
Response Time
Display Brightness
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Display Resolution
Video Mode
Aspect Ratio
Display Diagonal
Horizontal Viewing Angle
Vertical Viewing Angle
TV Tuner
Channel
Digital Signal Format System
Tuner
Analog Signal Format System
Smart TV
Smart TV Features
Internet Browser
Video App
Audio
Audio System
RMS Rated Power
Loudspeaker
Built-In Speaker
Dolby Technology
Audio Decoder
Audio Decoding Technology
Ports & Interfaces
Headphone Output Port
Common Interface Plus
Common Interface Connection
Ethernet LAN Port
SCART Port
Composite Video in Port
Component Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
DVI Port
PC in Port
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi Connection
WLAN-Ready Connection
Ethernet LAN Connection
Management Features
Sleep Timer
Smart Mode
Electronic Programme Guide
Hotel Mode
Performance
Teletext Function
Child Lock
Game Mode
24p Playback
Local Dimming
Stored Teletext Page
Design
Colour
Ergonomics
Wall Mountable
VESA Mounting Interface
VESA Mounting
Power
Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Certificates
DLNA Certificate
Weight & Dimensions
Thickness
Depth (with Stand)
Height (with Stand)
Width (with Stand)
Height
Width
Packaging Content
Desktop Stand
Battery Included
Handheld Remote Control
Manual

Expert Reviews

(10)
13 February 2013

The 32in Toshiba 32RL953 is one of the cheapest and smallest smart TVs available, but it's still a good looking set. It has fewer sockets than most of the competition, with only 2 HDMI ports as... Read more…

16 November 2012

On the plus side, the Toshiba 32RL953B isn?t wanting for ports. As well as three HDMI cables for all your set top boxes and whatnot, you?ll find a USB port too for loading up all your digital... Read more…

8 October 2012

Toshiba has regained its form of late, so we were excited to see this affordable set in our testing rooms.In ergonomic terms, the is not the slickest, with the TV programme guide looking a bit... Read more…

24 August 2012

It seems 32-inch models have become a popular choice among consumers looking to replace their existing bedroom TVs, so it?s no wonder that major brands are flocking to cash in. Users who invest in... Read more…

20 July 2012

The 40-inch Toshiba 40RL953B offers a big screen size at an affordable price. However, while it's a decent performer with HD material, it's less convincing when you're using it to watch...

29 June 2012

Despite its obvious picture limitations, the 32RL953 feels like good value for money thanks to the quantity and quality of features on board. Toshiba Places is a neatly integrated, great-looking...

In some ways and at certain times the Toshiba 40RL953 is another quality budget offering from Toshiba. It's just a pity that for some reason it really doesn't seem comfortable with the pictures...

1 May 2012

The Toshiba 40RL953 is a mixed bag. It's tasty looking and is capable of delivering fairly decent images, but is inconsistent and too fussy about which sources it needs to do so. Likewise, there...

In the wake of the highly impressive Toshiba 46YL853 and more than decent Toshiba 40RL858, we had high hopes for the Toshiba 40RL953. We expected to find an attractive, affordable 40-inch TV with...

24 April 2013

Selvfølgelig vinder Toshiba æren som bedst til prisen, da det koster det halve af det næstbilligste i testen ? kunne man tro. Men så let er det ikke at få denne udmærkelse. Vi har faktisk... Read more…

Clear picture, cheap price, plenty of smart features, good remotecontrol app
Decent online features
Low price
Stylish design
Good HD performance
Bold but unsubtle colours, lack of detail in black areas, clunky interface
Some motion blur
Skin tones don't always look natural
Remote is overly large
Standarddef programmes look rough and ready

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers toshiba 40rl953, toshiba 40rl953b
Barcodes 05900496521230

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