The Good Sleek style featuring a very thin frame; reproduced a relatively deep black level; numerous picture controls; solid connectivity.
The Bad Inaccurate primary and secondary colors and color balance; darker areas tinged blue/green; poorly implemented color temperature controls; below-average screen uniformity.
The Bottom Line Although the compact Toshiba 40RF350U is one of the most distinctive-looking 40-inch LCD TVs available, its picture quality has some issues.
As the number of flat-panel HDTVs climbs, and the choices become ever more overwhelming, manufacturers look for more ways to differentiate their models. With the RF350U series, represented by the 40-inch 40RF350U, Toshiba chose compact external design as its differentiator, making for a sleek, trim look.
On the other hand, the quality of the 40RF350U's picture falls below that of most of the rest of the flat-panel field, especially in terms of color accuracy. If you want maximum screen size for minimum cabinet size, however, you can't do better than this Toshiba.
When we first profiled the Toshiba RF350U series, we crowed over its slim profile--and in person, from the front at least, the TV doesn't disappoint.
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