Three HDMIs lead the way, while the sets impressive for the 40L3453DBs money multimedia talents are delivered via a single USB port, a D-Sub PC port, an Ethernet port, and a built-in Wi-Fi system. In short, the 40L3453DBs shelf appeal comes pretty much solely from its price tagThe 40L3453DBs rear does boast a decent number of connections, though.Toshiba 40L3454DB: Set UpThe 40L3454DBs initial installation routine is quite good at guiding you through all the key set up areas of the TV, including its network systems. We guess we shouldnt get too downbeat about this considering that arguably any smart TV service is a bonus on a 400 40-inch TV. However, the menus run aggravatingly slowly, especially when it comes to anything that involves accessing Cloud TV.
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With standard definition sources wed recommend that you use the noise reduction system on its low setting, contrast reduced to around its 50 level or slightly lower, and the dynamic contrast system on low. The matt black of its plain rectangular frame looks plasticky, and the addition of a strip of gloss plastic along the bottom looks more clumsy than stylish.READ MORE: Toshiba TV ReviewsTheres also a Freeview HD tuner rather than the merely standard def version we wouldnt have been wholly surprised to find for 400, and the set claims a native contrast ratio of 5000:1 that rises to 25000:1 when you employ its dynamic contrast system.Online content levels are below average by modern standards.
Its a full HD screen for a start, and surprisingly its not just a bog-standard 50Hz one. Trawling through the 40L3453DBs menus reveals a familiar sight. In other words, Toshiba is delving into potential serious bargain territory again.The frame is slightly wider than those we see around many modern TVs too, and the rear aint exactly skinny either.
Both these figures are reasonably promising. But were certainly looking forward now to getting our first look at the new Cloud TV engine on Toshibas higher-end 2014 TVs. There are just 20 apps available in total, with key video playback services always the main attraction of online TV systems comprising Netflix, YouTube, the BBC iPlayer, Viewster, and BBC News. Though there is a downside to this too, we guess, in the cumbersome shape of the enormous box it ships in.
Which gives us a pretty big clue as to the heritage of the panel at the 40L3453DBs heart Turkish manufacturer Vestel.ROUND-UP: Best Value TVsThe USB supports playback of photo, music and video files, and pleasingly as well as allowing you to go online with Toshibas Cloud TV platform the network ports let you stream the same range of files from networked DLNA computers using the TVs Media Server functionality. Especially as it leads your eye down to a stand thats about as unglamourous and chunky as it gets.Among the most notable features in the 40L3453DBs menus are a multi-level dynamic contrast feature, a 10-level skin tone adjustment, a red-to-green colour shift slider, and the option to adjust the gain of the RGB colour elements.
The 40L3453DB is a 40-inch full HD Smart TV that can be yours for just 400. Its stripped down in that it gives you just one hub instead of multiple hubs, with show recommendation avatars and some of Toshibas more advanced content finding/shortcut tools being the most notable feature cutbacks. All of which adds up to a decent degree of calibration for such a cheap set though we do miss the fuller colour management suite Toshiba used to provide on even its cheap sets. But is it really as great value as it sounds on paperToshiba 40L3453DB: Design and FeaturesThe 40L3453DB is as bland a TV as weve seen this year.
The Cloud TV system on the 40L3453DB is essentially a stripped-back version of that found on Toshibas 2013 TV range the brands new Cloud engine only kicks in higher up Toshibas latest range. As in, with some films that contain a lot of dark content you might find that with the dynamic contrast system in play the pictures underlying brightness level skips about too much and too often to permit comfortable, immersive viewing. With HD you should turn the noise reduction off, nudge the contrast slightly lower than you did for standard definition, and treat the Dynamic Contrast system with more suspicion. Whoop.
Rather, its driven by Toshibas AMR200 processing to deliver a 200Hz-like effect to boost motion clarity and reduce judder. Getting the best out of the pictures requires a little care with some of the TVs settings. This means that at the time of writing Amazon Instant, Blinkbox, 4oD, Demand 5 and the ITV Player are all conspicuously absent.
For aside from using a different colour scheme, the OS is identical to that used in Finluxs recent TVs.One little thing we love about the setup of the 40L3453DB, though, is that it ships already fixed to its stand.The 40L3453DBs screen specification is slightly better than you would expect for its money.