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Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U LCD HDTV Review

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The Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U is a good television, but not a great television.

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Value Comparison

The Vizio VL420M is a much less expensive TV, but it matches the Toshiba's USB port with accompanying photo, video, and audio clip playback. The Vizio feels like a cheaper TV in many ways, but... well, it is. Nevertheless, the performance is pretty good. You get what you pay for.

Blacks & Whites

The Vizio VL420M was not a stand-out performer in the area of blacks and whites, though it managed a better job that the Toshiba 42ZV650U. Sure, the Toshiba's whites are brighter, but few would argue that a nice, deep black is generally preferred.

Contrast Chart

Color Accuracy

The Toshiba 42ZV650U definitely trumped the Vizio VL420M in terms of color performance. The Toshiba maintained a more consistent color temperature and the RGB curves were smoother. The latter indicates that the Toshiba should produce smoother color gradations.

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Motion

Neither the Toshiba 42ZV650U or the Vizio VL420M was a knockout performer in our motion tests, but the Vizio fared slightly better, producing smoother motion with less artifacting.

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Viewing Effects

The Toshiba 42ZV650U and Vizio VL420M have roughly the same viewing angle, approximately 40 degrees in total (20 degrees from center on each side). This is about average for an LCD television.

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Connectivity

The Vizio VL420M has only one half of the media ports that you find on the Toshiba 42ZV650U. Specifically, the Vizio has the USB port, but lacks the card slot. You'll get by just fine if you want to view photos and listen to music occasionally.

Other Comparisons

The Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U ($1299 MSRP) is a good television, but not a great television. There are many, many options for adjusting motion performance, color, noise reduction, audio performance, and more. But the core test data shows that the Toshiba 42ZV650U is only a decent performer in key areas like black levels and contrast ratio. The color performance, thankfully, is much better.

Overall, the Toshiba 42ZV650U gets the job done. It has a great selection of ports for home entertainment systems (though it lacks internet connectivity) and the power consumption is modest. It has its faults, but you'll likely be happy with it in the long run.

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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. Samsung LN40B610 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  15. VIZIO VL420M Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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