Toshiba L7200U

The Good The Toshiba L7200U series LED TV has good video processing and its passive 3D system shows almost no crosstalk. The Web browser actually works fairly well, in part thanks to the included wireless QWERTY keyboard. The TV's well-stocked feature set also includes a unique program guide and cable box control, as well as four pairs of 3D glasses. Sleek external styling exudes plenty of high-end appeal.

The Bad Poor shadow detail and contrast in dark areas leads to disappointing image quality for such an expensive TV. Color accuracy wasn't up to the competition, and uniformity suffered from brighter edges and visible backlight structure. Passive 3D showed occasional artifacts and moving lines. The EPG and box control features are limited, and the Smart TV suite has less content than most.

The Bottom Line Toshiba's L7200U LED TV comes loaded with features, but mediocre picture quality makes its high price tough to stomach.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
5.9 Overall

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Review

Toshiba L7200U

If you crave having the latest gadgetry built into your television, 2012 is a pretty good year. No, Toshiba's flagship L7200U LED doesn't have the gesture-controlled futurism of Samsung or the voice-activated fun of LG, but it does boast a couple of unique features of its own: a built-in program guide, the ability to control a cable box, and an included nearly-full-size QWERTY keyboard. Of the three only the keyboard proved useful in practice, but when paired with a capable Web browser it ups the L7200U's appeal for gizmo-inclined buyers.

For the rest of us, however, the L7200U is just not a very good value. Despite a promising spec sheet that includes local dimming, the L7200U exhibited subpar overall picture quality. Couple that with a flagship price and you end up paying way too much for features of questionable worth on a TV.

Series information: I performed a hands-on evaluation of the 55-inch Toshiba 55L7200U, but this review also applies to the other screen size in the series. The two have identical specs and according to the manufacturer should provide very similar picture quality.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,450
  • Brand Toshiba
  • Type LED-backlit LCD TV
  • Diagonal Class 47 in
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model 46.96" viewable

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