CNET First Look
Toshiba SL417UAlbeit one of the least expensive Internet-capable LED TVs available, the Toshiba SL417U's performance lags behind most of its competitors.
-David Katzmaier here with the Toshiba SL417U series. This is the 46-inch version. There's also a 42- and a 55-inch member. This review will apply to all 3. This TV is a relatively inexpensive example of one with edge-lit LED back lighting as well as internet connectivity as the big step ups on this set. The edge lighting allows it to be extremely slim. When seen from the side, it's just barely over an inch deep. The TV has a minimal aesthetics all around the edge of the screen. It has this really nice thin vessel. There is also a little bit of glossy black down here and very little other kinds of accents. So, I told it's one of the more an assuming and all picture TVs we've tested this year. Toshiba's glass top stand and angular stock are kind of the only distinguishing external features on this TV. The internet suite in SL417 consists of Netflix, Vudu and a few others including Blockbuster and CinemaNow. It's on Amazon Video on Demand and Hulu plus, however, so it is less equipped than some of the other competitors. There're also yahoo widgets in place of an app store. Of course, there're a whole lot of widgets and most of them are pretty useless, but you do get a cool fantasy football widget, sports and weather, and the addition of Twitter and Facebook in there. So, at least this TV has those bases covered. One nice extra on the SL417 is built in Wi-Fi, so you can connect this TV directly to your home network without having it on a wire. The back panel is pretty well equipped. It includes 4 HDMI inputs in addition to 2 composite and 1 component video input plus a PC input. Again, if you use breakout cables for those analog connections though because the back is so slim. The SL417 also includes a pretty good array of picture adjustments. There is a color management system, but it doesn't work as well as we'd like to see. There's also a 2-point grayscale, so that's a little bit less than the 10-point tweaks available on some of other competitors. We'd also like to see the ability to adjust the judder beyond 2 presets, and a lot, the SL417U probably one of the less impressive LEDs we've seen this year. Its main weakness was a variable back light that [unk] pretty good black levels when the scenes are, but in mixed scenes, which comprise the majority of content, these black levels light end up to be one of the worse we've seen this year on LED TVs. The color was also little bit washed out because we have to dial it down to the improve color or coding. On the flip side, this TV does have pretty good video processing with 1080p/24 well and in bright rooms, the matte screen is real asset. Like most edge-lit sets, however, it does have relatively bright edges compared to the metal, so uniform [unk] look elsewhere. That's a quick look at the Toshiba SL417U series, and I'm David Katzmaier.