Conclusion: The bargain price means this set could have been a four-star product like its big brother the Toshiba 42VL963, with its decent standard-definition viewing and spread of features, but the backlight issue has to knock it down a star.
Pros: Good build, good specs and lots of smart features, good picture with DVDs
Cons: Uneven backlighting, contrast limitations means compromised detail
Conclusion: It’s clear that Toshiba has cut one or two corners to bring in this 40in LED set at such a commendably low price, making you fork out extra for Wi-Fi and 3D glasses. But other than that, the 40TL963 oozes value. For under £550, it offers an impressive range of online content through Toshiba Places, streams media using its DLNA talents, displays full HD 3D and packs some decent processing in the form of AMR200 – not to mention its built-in Freeview HD tuner, USB media...
Pros: Great value, Many features, Enjoyable HD pictures
Cons: Freeview SD pictures, Sluggish EPG, No built-in Wi-Fi