Toshiba 55WL863

The Good Impressive HD pictures; Natural skin tones and vivid colours; Good sound quality; Backlighting with local dimming.

The Bad SD material isn't handled all that well; Internet features are poor; Horrible remote control.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba 55WL863 is a very accomplished set with a pleasing design, sharp HD pictures and excellent 3D images from Blu-ray discs. But poor Internet features, a bad remote and unimpressive standard-definition pictures relegate it to second best.

Editors' Rating
7.5 Overall

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Toshiba 55WL863
Toshiba 55WL863
Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB
Toshiba Regza 32RV635DB
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Review

Toshiba 55WL863

Toshiba produces some stylish high-end TVs and the 55WL863 is a case in point, offering active 3D and online media streaming features.

The 55-inch model we reviewed -- there are also 42-inch and 46-inch versions -- packs in Toshiba's clever Cevo picture processing system. With a hefty price tag of around £1,800, does it warrant the money?

User interface and EPG

Toshiba's user interface is very different to those you'll find on other brands such as Samsung, Sony and Panasonic. It has adopted a twin, rotating circle design; you select the type of action you want to perform from the lower semi-circle, which then shifts you to the upper circle where you select a sub-option (see image below).

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