Excerpt: Whatever issues you might have with passive 3D technology, the fact that it lets you watch 3D with flicker-free, cheap-as-chips glasses is a family- friendly boon. So, it’s no surprise at all to find other brands buying in LG’s passive 3D tech to use in their own 2011 TV ranges, and first up is Toshiba’s fairly-priced 47VL863B, which is also passably easy on the eye with its slim bezel, trim rear and minimalist black finish. But it does feel rather flimsy.
Excerpt: Unveiled to T3 on an Italian film set earlier this year, in the shadows of a faux Roman Coliseum, Toshiba's Smart TV debutant clearly intends to make a splash. Thankfully, it lives up to its OTT launch. The 47inch VL863 is an imperious LED TV. Not only does it have designer good looks - we love the tapered panel edges - but it ushers in the brand's online smart hub, dubbed Toshiba Places, and heralds the adoption of Passive Polarisation 3D technology.
Excerpt: Toshiba deserves its reputation as a click-teaser. SED, Cell TV, Full-array LED: all mouth-watering TV technologies that it’s promised that have come to nought. But there is hope. This year the company appears determined to be cutting-edge and not just cutting prices.
Pros: Excellent 2D hi-def and motion clarity, sophisticated design, affordable, kid-friendly 3D
Cons: Uneven media playback support, Smart TV portal lags behind rivals
Summary: We like the Toshiba Regza 47VL863B's tasty design and passive 3D support, especially as the glasses are so cheap. But this 47-inch LED TV's picture and sound performance leave much to be desired.
Pros: Impressive passive 3D performance, Stylish design, Freeview HD and satellite tuners