Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U LCD HDTV Review
The Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U is a good television, but not a great television.
The Toshiba 42ZV650U is a pretty good looking TV, all told. The bezel isn't that thin, but the glossy finish and gradated shading looks nice. More important, we think, is what's on the screen. Let's jump into performance on the next page.
The Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U is not a bad looking TV. The bezel is a bit thick by current standards, but it has an attractive, gradated finish that tapers off in a halftone pattern. Along the bottom, you'll see a few indicator lights. The Toshiba log is backlit, and you can choose to turn off the illumination in the menu.
The back of the TV contains most of the ports. Bad news: the TV does not swivel on the stand, so you'll have to lift and twist the whole unit or just stick your head around to the back to plug in wires.
Toshiba 42ZV650U isn't terribly thin, as you can see from the photos here, but it's not too chunky either. The left side is blank. The right side has some ports and all the onboard controls.
The stand looks nice enough, but it doesn't swivel. That's pretty deceptive, because the neck is round. You look at it and assume 'Oh, how convenient! A swivel base.' Wrong. That said, it feels sufficiently sturdy, so at least it won't tip over and kill you. Also, the stand was more difficult to assemble than anything we've seen in a while.
The remote is large, but functional. The button layout can be a bit gawky, especially if you're trying to navigate the menu. We have a full wrap-up of the remote control here.
The onboard controls on the Toshiba 42ZV650U are too small, and awkwardly laid out in a zig-zag fashion. It's very difficult to push the buttons without looking at them. You'll probably end up skipping these and using the remote.
In the Box
The Toshiba 42ZV650U is a pain in the ass to assemble. The base has two separate parts that have be screwed into each other before you attach them to the TV. Included in the box is a remote control, batteries, a power cable, and a screen wipe. That's not bad, but for all the hassle with the set-up, a free HDMI cable would have been nice.
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