Once one of the big names at the forefront of HD technology, alongside Samsung, LG, and Sony, Toshiba have, in recent years, been on rocky footing. But in the last year, Tosh is successfully barging the others out of the way, and climbing back up there, producing decent quality TVs, whilst still keeping prices reasonable. So, if you’re looking for a bargain, Toshiba are well worth serious consideration.
The top three best selling Toshiba TV are all very similar in quality and features. The build quality on all three is impressive for the price, and styling wise, they all look good. The bezels, whilst not the thinnest we’ve seen, are pretty unobtrusive, and the retro style curved feet support the screen nicely. These can be removed, however, for wall mounting. The multiple connectivity ports are situated near the edge on the back panel, but are easily accessible, and include 3 HDMI inputs, along with USB, Ethernet and audio jacks.
Amazon’s Fire OS features on all three models, and as usual the only complaint is the quantity of advertising – but that’s the price paid for such a easy-to-navigate system. It has to be said that as an OS, Amazon Fire has a lot to recommend it. With a vast app library, plus the preprogrammed Netflix, YouTube, and of course, Amazon itself, you’re spoilt for choice, but with the app ecosystem broken down into categories, some of the work is done for you. The ever-willing Alexa is always on hand to assist. She’ll also adjust screen settings and take charge of your smart home – unfortunately, though, she still can’t make a decent cup of java. We can dream.
Across the board the image quality is surprisingly good, considering the prices. The native contrast, and black uniformity, lends the picture a realistic feel, and although none feature local dimming, the blacks are deep and rich enough not to miss it. The whites, too, are bright, but natural, with none of the halo effect that some cheaper TVs suffer from.
With 4K UHD, the colors are accurate, vibrant and stunningly clear, and although the LF421U19, doesn’t quite match the other two for resolution, unless comparing side by side, you wouldn’t notice any lack of picture quality. For fast action movies, sports and gaming the quick refresh rate eliminates any annoying judders or jerkiness, creating smooth flawless action.
Audio wise, all three would benefit from a dedicated sound bar. That said, their audio performances are pretty decent, with low and mid ranges fully represented, and the high demonstrating an almost, but not quite, imperceptible, distortion at full volume. However, you wouldn’t want to crank it up all the way – these TVs go loud with a capital L.
Toshiba have ably demonstrated their ability to play nicely with the big boys with these models, and have caught up, and in some cases overtaken, the competition. Cornering the low budget/high quality market has brought them back to the forefront of popular TV manufacturers, and it’s nice to see. It’s fair to say, we’re impressed by what we’ve seen, and consider any one of these three models well worth giving up wall space for.
Toshiba 49-inch 1080p Smart LED TV 49LF421U19 (2018)
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