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July 11, 2012
- Very affordable price
- Easy to use remote control
- Good black levels
- No 3D or Internet-connectivity
- Color accuracy is off
- Very glossy display
The Toshiba 40L5200U is a bare-bones 40-inch edge-lit LED HDTV that aims to give decent all-around performance without costing too much. It has good black levels but color quality is an issue as well as the high-reflectivity of the display. There is also no 3D or Smart TV features due to the low cost.
HDTVs have certainly come down in price over the last five years, even with the addition of 3D, LED lighting and Internet-connectivity. If you want to get a TV for less than $600, the Toshiba 40L5200U might be the one for you, but you will sacrifice some of the more advanced features.
The design of this Toshiba HDTV follows 90% of the rest of the other HDTVs on the market. It has a piano black bezel with a matching shiny black rectangular base. The TV measures 36.5 x 24.0 x 10.1-inches (whd) and weighs 36-pounds with the stand. The remote control also features a straightforward design that most users should be already familiar with.
The menu system is very minimalistic and simple, which fits in with the price tag. There are three image modes plus a user mode. The custom mode is limited in terms of what you can adjust beyond the basic color controls.
Some of the specifications of the Toshiba 40L5200U include a 1920 x 1080-pixels (1080p full HD) resolution, a 40-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate, edge LED lighting, three HDMI inputs, composite in, component in, VGA-in, digital audio out and one USB port. Like we said before, there's no 3D or Internet connectivity.
The picture quality of the Toshiba 40L5200U was decent overall, but definitely fit with the price. The black level quality, however, was very good and provided deep blacks across the display. In very bright scenes, some uniformity issues were present, which is quite common with edge-lit HDTVs. Some of the colors were a tad saturated for our liking, but definitely nothing distracting overall.
One last note: the display is very glossy and throws back a lot of reflections. This poses a problem when the TV is in a brightly lit room as the display can sometimes look like a mirror.