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Jan 18, 2011 (Updated Jan 18, 2011)
Review by reginaldperrin
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I owned a couple of LCD HDTVs and eventually sold them and bought high end plasmas and after 2 years of use I can say that I plan to stay with them. However, a trusted co-worker built a new house nearby and asked me to buy for him a thin LED internet HDTV within a $1500 budget. I found the Toshiba 55UL605U 55 INCH LED LCD NET TV offered with the biggest discount and ordered it. It was delivered fast and in good shape, so I set it up testing it out with HD and standard programing. Here is my review...
Compared to plasma TVs of equal size, the ultra thin Toshiba 55UL605U LED LCD HDTV is feather weight. Even with its stand attached, the Toshiba 55UL605U is movable by one large person. Another shocking difference is the power cord. The Toshiba 55UL605U's power cord has the bulk and thickness of a simple table lamp cord -- very different than the near hose-like three-prong thickness of plasma TV cords. The Toshiba 55UL605U must be very frugal with electricity. It certainly seems to generate less heat than plasma TVs.
The Toshiba 55UL605U is razor thin and it looks super sharp and modern in terms of style. But its thinness leads to the first weakness. This is true with most ultra thin TVs: the speaker sound is tin-like and less rich than high end thicker HDTVs. The Toshiba 55UL605U begs to be part of a home AV system offering HD sound.
Another weakness is backlight bleed. On the unit I installed for my friend, there was very noticable backlight bleed (more bleed on the right side than on the left). Adjusting down the backlight brightness level helped reduce the bleed, but during times when the image is dark, the bleed was easy to notice. Away from the edges, the center of the screen was evenly lit.
On the plus side, when the Toshiba 55UL605U was carefully tested for dead pixels and stuck pixels, zero bad pixels were found.
The last weakness needing to be mentioned is motion blur. The Toshiba 55UL605U shows the motion blur seen in other LCD HDTVs on the retail market given certain program contant.
One plus is the included universal remote included with the Toshiba 55UL605U was able to control other devices without needing to be programmed. This made set-up easy.
As with most HDTV's, the Toshiba 55UL605U has a deep and fairly complex menu system to make adjustments. For mainly this reason, I suggest that people buying many new TVs for family room, kitchen and bedrooms, should buy all the same brand, year, and model family. As a pure example, if the Toshiba 55UL605U is the big 55 inch TV for the family room, than perhaps pick the Toshiba 40UL605U 40 inch to put in bedrooms and a Toshiba 32UL605U 32 inch TV for the kitchen. I did this with my Panasonic plasmas, and it makes frequent menu changes as painless and easy as possible.
When a USB wifi adapter is plugged in, the Toshiba 55UL605U menu system prompts for set-up. All-in-all, this TV is very easy to set up and use.
If my friend is an average TV viewer, then this TV can be recommended as he loves it. Other people already owning plasmas should look elsewhere.
Amount Paid (US$): 1340
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