Toshiba 47WL66 review: Toshiba 47WL66

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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Full 1920 x 1080 resolution. Attractive design. Large viewing angle.

The Bad Average picture quality in SD. No built in HD tuner. Single HDMI port.

The Bottom Line Huge screen with a stylish design but lacking in picture quality.

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7.0 Overall

The huge 47-inch (119cm) screen sits atop a thin black base strip with the Toshiba logo sitting centre. The usual functions, such as the power button and volume controls are located at the top of the screen, so note, these may be difficult to reach if you plan to wall mount the screen. Fortunately, the rather largish remote control sits quite comfortably in the hand.

The screen did not look out of place amongst the décor in our test room, nor did it dominate the room like some other large screens. Connections are located at the rear behind a removable panel.

The square grey stand, which is removable for wall mounting, offered excellent support and even allowed the TV to be angled in different directions to the base. The speakers are discretely packed at the base of the screen and are hardly visible. Total thickness is just under 11cm and overall weight, including the stand is 45.6 kg, which is excellent for a screen this size.

A strange design feature is the placement of a second power button blended into the side-frame, which can be difficult to see as it's painted the same grey colour as the rest of the frame.

For years television companies have been claiming their products as HD ready or HD capable. With a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, this is one of the few LCD TVs on the market to support the full standard. Panel Response Speed is 8 ms, which is good, but is slower than many competitor products to be released in the next one to two months.

The screen features Meta Brain Pro Technology and 3D colour management functionality which allows you to adjust colour brightness and saturation. Also, the Toshiba 47WL66 supports a large 178 degree viewing angle.

Sporting SRS WOW surround sound provides theatre-style sound effects, even with the standard built in speakers. Total audio output was 10W x 2. The Toshiba 47WL66 had a host of audio connections, but disappointingly the screen was limited by having only a single HDMI port, strange, because most competitors have a least two.

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