Conclusion: Great value 2D, 3D and upscaled SD images are interrupted by a lacklustre Toshiba Places and an all-round slow user interface that's frustrating to use. Toshiba Places is hardly the smart TV platform of our dreams, and nor does the 42VL963 seem able to handle app data quickly enough. Despite its core quality and luscious design, the 42VL963 is saddled with a poor remote control and can be frustrating to live with.
Pros: Design, Active Vision smoothness, Passive 3D performance, Four pairs of 3D glasses
Cons: Lacklustre smart TV, No Wi-Fi, Slow, unresponsive GUI, No wireless networking
Conclusion: The Toshiba 42VL963 may not yet be leading the pack in terms of performance, but it’s a good set at a reasonable price with plenty of attractive features – and as such, it’s well worth a place on your shortlist.
Pros: Picture quality, DVD upscaling and passive 3D are unfussy and smooth, plenty of features
Cons: Could do with subtler details, contrast not perfect, not the best interface
Excerpt: Toshiba’s VL963 range of TVs are aimed at those who want a well-appointed large screen that doesn’t come with a double-take price tag. They’re internet-enabled, offer passive polarised 3D and are reassuringly heavy. The 42in 42VL963 featured here is also available as the 47in VL963 and the 55in 55VL963. See all TV reviews .