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Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U LCD HDTV Review

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Tour & Design

Tour & Design Summary
Editorial Note: This is a review of the Toshiba 42ZV650U. Test results are for this model, but should indicate the general performance of other sizes in the xxZV650U series. The xxZV650U series includes the following models: 42ZV650U, 47ZV650U, and 55ZV650U.  Read here for more details on series differences.
{{article.attachments['Toshiba-42ZV650U-vanity.jpg']}} • Pretty good looking TV, all told. • Not terribly thin. • The base does not swivel (even though it looks like it should).
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Front


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.

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Back


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. For information about the ports on the back of the Toshiba 42ZV650U see our Connectivity section.

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Sides


The 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. For information about the ports on the sides of the Toshiba 42ZV650U see our Connectivity section.

 

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Stand/Mount


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.

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  • The stand does not swivel. *

 

Controls


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.

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Remote Control


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.

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  • The remote feels good in the hand, but the operation is just average. *

 

In The Box*(6.0)*


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. 

 

Aesthetics*(7.0)*


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. 

Other Models in the xxZV650U Series
This is a review of the Toshiba 42ZV650U. The other sizes of HDTVs in this series should be similar in terms of performance and usability. For details about any differences, click on the image to jump to the Series Comparison page.
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Toshiba 42ZV650U 42 inches Toshiba 47ZV650U 47 inches Toshiba 55ZV650U 55 inches
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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Vs Samsung LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL-40W5100
  15. Vs Vizio VL420M
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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