Summary: The Toshiba 55ZL2 is a glorious television and a glimpse into the future of the kind of standard to expect from glasses-free 3D TVs in future, but at £7k it’s just too pricey to be good value for it. Not that it stops us wanting one of our own.
Conclusion: Oh yes, the price. There’s always a premium to be paid when getting in on the ground floor of a technology, so we weren’t all that surprised to find the Toshiba costs three times more than a brilliantly capable 'conventional' 55in HD smart TV.
Pros: Four times HD resolution and glasses-free 3D, outstanding black levels and detail for a screen of this type, balanced, enjoyable pictures from all sources bar standard-def TV
Cons: Glasses-free 3D rather compromised, total lack of 3840 x 2160 content, nasty sound, limited Smart TV functionality. Oh, and the price
Excerpt: Offering four times the clarity of current Full HD TVs, 4K resolution is the next big step in the evolution of TV and promises images of astounding detail. But until the Sony PS4 turns up offering 4K gaming, is there any reason to invest in a quad HD television? Toshiba believes there is: glasses-free 3D.
Pros: Stunning 3840 x 2160 panel, 4K digital still images, Upscaled Full HD performance
Cons: Glasses-free 3D not flawless, Unable to accept a 4K via HDMI, Limited online portal
Conclusion: The price is a considerable obstacle, but it's hard not to be impressed by Tosh's 55in spec-free 3D TV. Its 3840x2160 screen looks spectacular with both upscaled Blu-ray and native-res images - if you can find any. The 3D works… so long as you don't move.