Toshiba 40VL758B review: Toshiba Regza VL (40VL758B)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
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The Good Deep black levels; Rich colours; Great looking design; Good range of features for the price.

The Bad Middling contrast performance; YouTube doesn't work; iPlayer needs improving; Some blotchiness in the backlighting.

The Bottom Line We love the Toshiba VL's stylish design and its bright and rich colours. It lacks a little contrast, however, and its Internet features feel like they're still a work in progress.

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Toshiba's LED TVs are like buses. You wait ages for one to come along and suddenly a load of them turn up at the same time. Hot on the heels of the slim  Regza 40WL753B that we looked at last month comes the even slimmer Regza 40VL758B, which is priced at around £800. This model also has a new, more stylish look, thanks to a tie-up with Danish design guru Jacob Jensen.

It's slim 

We thought the 40WL753B was pretty waif-like, at just 40mm deep, but Toshiba has managed to get the 40VL758B down to a mere 29mm. It's not just the slimness of the set that's impressive. The Jacob Jensen design team has also come up a sexy new look whereby the front of the TV seems to be made out of a single sheet of glass that's been pressed on to a chrome frame. This glass also overhangs the set slightly to create a great-looking, transparent edge. It all adds up to a rather classy finish, rivalling some of the best designs from Samsung and LG.

You'll have no problems hooking up your external gear to this TV either, as it has a wealth of connections, including four HDMI ports and a set of component inputs, as well as Scart and VGA inputs. The only slight compromise is that, due to the slimness of the chassis, the Scart socket has to be attached via a small adaptor cable, but that's really not much of a hassle.

Along with the usual AV connections, there's an Ethernet socket and two USB ports. One of these USB ports is for the optional Wi-Fi dongle, while the other can be used for playing back music, photos and videos from an external hard drive or memory key. We tried it with some DivX and MKV files and the playback quality was excellent. The Ethernet port can also be used for media playback as it lets you stream files from DNLA-certified devices such as a Windows 7 PC. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work on our Windows Vista PC or the Universal Plug and Play server built into our network-attached storage drive.

YouTube and iPlayer

Along with media streaming, the Ethernet port gives you access to two Internet video services: YouTube and BBC iPlayer. Unfortunately, we just couldn't get the YouTube player to work-- it threw up lots of JavaScript errors and refused to play any videos.

We had more luck with the iPlayer service, which played videos without any problems. That said, we did find that the 40VL758B took longer to buffer the video before playback started than Sony's iPlayer-equipped sets, and it was also slower at skipping back and forth through a video steam. So Toshiba still has some work to do in this department.

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