Toshiba TL515U review: Passive 3D but short of LG

Although its attractive features, design, and passive 3D have merit, the picture-quality issues of the Toshiba TL515U LED-based LCD TV lessen its appeal in the face of the stiff competition.

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Along with Vizio and LG, Toshiba is the only other TV maker selling a passive 3D TV in 2011. That model, the TL515U series reviewed here, performs basically the same with 3D material as its LG doppelganger , and in short we like the image produced by active 3D TVs better. Meanwhile, the Toshiba's 2D picture quality, which is much more important in our book, didn't quite match that of the LG or the better LED-based LCDs in our tests, due mainly to its overactive backlight. Given that the two are very similar in price--the LG is even a bit less expensive at press time--it's tough to recommend the Toshiba TL515U series to people who want passive 3D or the best 2D performance from an edge-lit LED TV.

Read the full review of the Toshiba TL515U series.

 

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