Toshiba SL417U review: Midrange LED for less

Albeit one of the least expensive Internet-capable LED TVs available, the Toshiba SL417U's performance lags behind most of its competitors.

Toshiba's SL417U combines an LED backlight with Internet capability for less than most compeditors. Sarah Tew/CNET

The capability to stream Netflix and other Internet sources and the thin profile imparted by its edge-lit LED backlight, mark the Toshiba SL417U as a midrange HDTV these days. In its favor, this set demands relatively little cash for those extras, and built-in Wi-Fi gives it a leg up on some of the competition. It does sacrifice picture quality in many categories, however, with variable black levels and less-impressive color. That said, for less critical viewers who want the convenience of online extras built-in, the SL417U is a solid bargain.

Read the full review of the Toshiba SL417U series.

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Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."

 

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