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Toshiba 40L5200U 4 Star Rating: Cheapism Good Pick
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The Toshiba L5200U series is available in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 50-inch sizes. Based on the Toshiba 40L5200U reviews we read, the 40-inch model is a hit with experts and consumers who take to the image quality and mid-range size. A PC Mag reviewer praises the color accuracy, especially with respect to skin tones, and the wide viewing angles. This model shows no motion blur, the Toshiba 40L5200U review continues, but notes that the LED backlight bleeds slightly through the corners of the screen. The vibrant colors appeal to the expert at Digital Trends, whose Toshiba 40L5200U review also says the contrast, black levels, and brightness are quite good. Despite the backlight bleeding and lack of Smart TV features, this reviewer considers the 40L5200U a good value.

The user-friendly setup and sharp picture quality win over consumers, according to Toshiba 40L5200U reviews at Amazon. Viewers comment appreciatively about the absence of obvious motion blur, the presence of three HDMI ports, and the strong quality-to-price ratio. Still, they stress the need to fiddle with the factory settings -- one says the resulting colors are too warm -- and a few consider the sound merely acceptable.

The Toshiba 40L5200U (starting at $490, Amazon) is very light on features, but that's to be expected given the low price and large LED screen. This 40-inch model boasts 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, with speaker output of 14 watts. One of its best features is the three HDMI ports, which let users connect a cable box, Blu-ray player, and game console to the TV without having to buy a separate box providing more inputs. There is also a component input, a PC port, and a USB 2.0 port.

In this price range, the only rival to the Toshiba 40L5200U in terms of size and picture quality is the Samsung UN40EH6000. Both LCD TVs are excellent, although the Toshiba's lower price and extra HDMI port tip the scales slightly in its favor.

by Michael Sweet (Google+ Profile) – January 16, 2014
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