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Toshiba 32SL400U LED LCD HDTV Review

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Limited to 720p and falls shorts of the connectivity needed to make it a viable choice for a home theater.

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Value Comparison

The Samsung LN32C550 costs about the same as the Toshiba 32SL400U. It's better in a lot of ways, but is certainly no model of perfection. In terms of sheer features, the Samsung has a 1080p resolution and far more ports, as well as a more attractive design and DLNA home networking support. In terms of performance, the contrast ratio is far better, but the viewing angle and color rendering take a back seat to the Toshiba. Overall, the Samsung is the better value, and unless you can find compelling reason to buy the Toshiba 32SL400U, choose the Samsung.

Blacks & Whites

The Samsung LN32C550 produced a great contrast ratio, due to a deep black level and a much higher peak brightness than the Toshiba 32SL400U. Importantly, the Samsung is also much, much better at displaying meaning detail in the shadows.

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Color Accuracy

The Samsung LN32C550 had a harder time displaying detail in the brighter parts of the signal, which cost it some points in our RGB Curves test. We liked the Toshiba 32SL400U's performance better in this regard. Both TVs were good at maintaining a consistent color temperature.

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Motion

The Samsung LN32C550 produced a smoother image, but we found that it had a lot of problems with artifacts such as laggy processing.

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Viewing Effects

The Samsung LN32C550 has a terrible viewing angle, a problem many of the Samsungs in this price range have suffered from.

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Connectivity

The Toshiba 32SL400U has few ports to its name, and is easily beaten by the Samsung LN32C550.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX600 Comparison
  13. Samsung LN32C550 Comparison
  14. LG 32LD450 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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