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Toshiba Regza 47VL863 Review

We’ve already seen passive 3D TVs from LG and Philips, and now it’s Toshiba’s turn to give the technology a go.  Active 3D is reserved more advanced models, so the VL863 one of the brand’s mid-range televisions for this year.  That doesn’t mean it misses out on any of the latest technology: it comes with Edge LED backlighting, support for online services and a wide range of inputs and outputs.


Top quality 3D display

Lightweight 3D glasses are comfortable to wear / Accurate colour reproduction (deltaE: 2.2)

Attractive design with matte finish that doesn’t pick up too many reflections

Low energy consumption: 110 W

Not much crosstalk and less eyestrain than with active 3D technology


Low contrast ratio: 635:1

Media player doesn’t support enough video formats

Lots of input lag: 66 ms or four whole frames


The Toshiba VL863 is a perfectly decent passive 3D TV.  The new matte design looks great and it does a good job of reproducing colours.  It could have set its sights on a four-star rating if it hadn’t been for a disastrous contrast ratio of just 635:1!

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