Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed Sep 10, 2021 at 10:44 am
Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 Picture
6.2
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
5.2
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
7.1
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
6.6
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
6.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
5.2
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
6.5
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: Hisense U6G
7.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: LG UP8000
Type LED
Sub-Type
IPS
Resolution 4k

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 is a basic entry-level TV that replaces the Toshiba Fire TV 2020. It uses the Amazon Fire TV smart platform, which is user-friendly, and has a great selection of apps available to download. It supports Apple AirPlay if you want to cast content from your phone, but not Google Chromecast. It's available in a wide range of sizes from 43 to 75 inches; we tested the 55 inch model with an IPS-like panel, and the 50 inch model should have a VA panel, but we don't know for sure which panels the other sizes have. Our unit has wide viewing angles, but a low contrast, so blacks look gray, and there's no local dimming to improve the contrast. It's not feature-rich either, as it lacks motion interpolation, judder-removal, and variable refresh rate features.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

The Toshiba C350 is okay overall. The 55 inch unit we tested has an IPS-like panel, so it has wide viewing angles, making it decent for watching shows or sports in a wide seating area. However, that means it has a low contrast, and it's disappointing for watching movies, but other sizes may have a higher contrast. It's poor for watching HDR movies as it can't display a wide color gamut and has low HDR peak brightness. It isn't bad for gaming, but it doesn't have any extra gaming features.

Pros
  • 55 inch model has wide viewing angles.
  • Flicker-free backlight reduces image duplication.
  • Decent response time; no black smearing on the 55 inch unit.
Cons
  • Our 55 inch model has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Doesn't upscale lower-resolution content well.
5.2 Movies

The Toshiba C350 is disappointing for watching movies in the dark. The 55 inch model we tested has an IPS-like panel, so it has a low contrast that doesn't display deep blacks. The black uniformity is poor, and there's no local dimming feature to improve it. However, some of the other sizes like the 50 inch model may have a VA panel, allowing them to display deeper blacks, but we don't know for sure.

Pros
  • Displays 1080p and 4k content without any issues.
Cons
  • Can't remove 24p judder from any source.
  • Our 55 inch model has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
7.1 TV Shows

The Toshiba C350 is decent for watching TV shows in well-lit rooms. The built-in Fire TV platform has a ton of apps available to download, so you can easily stream your favorite content. However, it doesn't upscale lower-resolution content well. It has decent reflection handling, but it's not ideal for well-lit rooms because it doesn't get very bright. The 55 inch model we tested has wide viewing angles, but some of the other sizes can have a different panel type with worse viewing angles.

Pros
  • 55 inch model has wide viewing angles.
  • Decent reflection handling.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Doesn't upscale lower-resolution content well.
6.6 Sports

The Toshiba C350 is okay for watching sports in bright environments. Fast-moving content looks decent due to the fairly quick response time, and there's no backlight flicker that would cause image duplication. Our unit has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for watching the game with a group of friends, but some of the other sizes may have another panel with narrow viewing angles. Also, it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, but it has decent reflection handling.

Pros
  • 55 inch model has wide viewing angles.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Flicker-free backlight reduces image duplication.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Doesn't upscale lower-resolution content well.
  • Dirty screen effect in the center.
6.4 Video Games

The Toshiba C350 isn't bad for playing video games. It has a decent response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. However, it doesn't have any extra gaming perks like variable refresh rate support. Also, the 55 inch model has an IPS-like panel with a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in the dark, but some of the other sizes may have different panels with better contrast.

Pros
  • Low input lag in Game Mode.
  • Decent response time; no black smearing on the 55 inch unit.
Cons
  • Our 55 inch model has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • No VRR technologies.
5.2 HDR Movies

The Toshiba C350 TV is poor for watching HDR movies. It can't display the wide color gamut needed for HDR content, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Our unit has a low contrast ratio, and even though some other sizes may have VA panels with a higher contrast, this TV doesn't have a local dimming feature to provide a satisfying HDR experience.

Pros
  • Displays 1080p and 4k content without any issues.
Cons
  • Our 55 inch model has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
  • Lacks a local dimming feature.
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
6.5 HDR Gaming

The Toshiba C350 is okay for HDR gaming. You'll get a responsive gaming experience thanks to the low input lag, and motion handling is decent too. However, HDR content doesn't look good because it has low HDR peak brightness and can't display a wide color gamut. Our unit also has a low contrast ratio and there's no local dimming feature to improve it.

Pros
  • Low input lag in Game Mode.
  • Decent response time; no black smearing on the 55 inch unit.
Cons
  • Our 55 inch model has a low contrast ratio and poor black uniformity.
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • No VRR technologies.
  • Can't display a wide color gamut.
7.2 PC Monitor

The Toshiba 55C350KU is decent overall to use as a PC monitor, but it's worse than most TVs. It can't display proper chroma 4:4:4 at any resolution, so you may have to increase the scaling to have legible text. Our unit has wide viewing angles so the image should remain accurate no matter where you sit, but other sizes may have worse viewing angles.

Pros
  • 55 inch model has wide viewing angles.
  • Decent reflection handling.
  • Flicker-free backlight reduces image duplication.
Cons
  • Low peak brightness in SDR and HDR.
  • Dirty screen effect in the center.
  • Can't display chroma 4:4:4 with any resolution.
  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 5.2 Movies
  • 7.1 TV Shows
  • 6.6 Sports
  • 6.4 Video Games
  • 5.2 HDR Movies
  • 6.5 HDR Gaming
  • 7.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated Sep 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 07, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Toshiba C350 replaces the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 as Toshiba's only TV available in the United States. It competes with other entry-level TVs like the Hisense A6G, Vizio V5 Series 2021, and LG UP7000.

Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Toshiba C350 has a redesigned style compared to the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, as it looks sleeker. The bezels aren't as intrusive, and the bottom bezel is now silver. Even the feet are metallic instead of plastic. It doesn't seem like a cheap TV and should look nice in any setup.

Design
Stand

The Fire TV 2021 comes with new metal feet that don't support it all that well because there's noticeable wobble front to back. It also doesn't raise the screen off the table very much, so placing a soundbar in front might block the screen.

Footprint of the 55 inch TV: 37" W x 9.25" D x 2.5" H

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 200x300

The back of the Toshiba C350 actually looks a lot like a Hisense TV, like the Hisense H6570G. The top part holding the panel is textured metal, and the parts at the bottom and on the inputs are both plastic. Sadly, there's nothing for cable management. There are hook-like objects on the back of the legs, but they don't do anything for the cables; we don't know for sure what they're meant for, so if you know, let us know.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.37" (1.0 cm)

The bezels aren't as obvious as on the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 and are slightly thinner.

Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 3.00" (7.6 cm)

The TV tilts back in this photo, and that's how it's designed to be.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The FireTV 2021 has decent build quality. It's designed differently than the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, but the materials used seem to be the same as it's made of both plastic and metal. It improves in a few areas like the metal feet and the thinner borders. It feels solid throughout and doesn't wobble side-to-side, but it tilts easily back to front.

Picture Quality
6.0
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
1,007 : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

The Toshiba 55C350KU has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is expected from IPS-like panels. Blacks look gray in the dark, and even though contrast can vary a bit between individual units, this is in line with other IPS-like TVs.

Note: The 50 inch TV (50C350) should have a VA panel, so it would have a much higher contrast. We don't know what panel types the 43, 65, and 75 inch TVs have.

4.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
172 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
192 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
194 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
194 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
194 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
194 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
192 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
194 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
194 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
194 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
194 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The SDR brightness is bad. It's much worse than the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 and it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare in well-lit rooms. Luckily, the brightness doesn't vary at all between different scenes.

We tested the SDR brightness after calibration in the 'Movie' Picture Mode with the Backlight set to its max, Contrast at '75', Mid Luminance Gamma set to '-1', and Color Temperature set to 'Warm'. If you want the brightest image possible set the Picture Mode and Color Temperature both to 'Standard'. We reached 302 nits in the 2% window using these settings, but that comes at the cost of image accuracy.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

There's no local dimming feature. The videos are for reference only, so you can see how backlight on this display performs and compare it to a similar product with local dimming. Although it's advertised to have direct LED backlighting, we confirmed it's edge-lit.

0
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
Edge

Once again, there's no local dimming, and the videos above are provided so you can see how the backlight performs in Game Mode versus a TV with local dimming.

4.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
232 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
272 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
272 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
275 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The Toshiba 55C350KU has bad HDR brightness. It gets brighter than in SDR, but it's not enough to make highlights pop in HDR. Once again, there's no variation in brightness between scenes. The EOTF doesn't follow the target very well as darker scenes are over-brightened and bright scenes are too dark, causing a loss in details.

We tested it in the 'Movie' HDR Picture Mode with the Backlight at its max and the Color Temperature set to 'Warm 2' and all other image processing disabled. We couldn't achieve a brighter EOTF but we reached 301 nits in the 2% window in the 'Standard' HDR Picture Mode with Backlight and Contrast at their max and the Color Temperature set to 'Standard'.

4.9
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
233 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
271 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
274 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
275 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
270 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
275 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
274 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
274 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
275 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.001

The HDR brightness in Game Mode looks a bit brighter than outside of Game Mode, but the results are about the same. It's not enough to make highlights stand out. We tested it using the same settings as outside of Game Mode, but with the HDR Picture Mode set to 'Game'.

6.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
3.944%
50% DSE
0.250%
5% Std. Dev.
0.483%
5% DSE
0.080%

The Toshiba 55C350KU has okay gray uniformity. The edges are noticeably darker, and there's dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports. Uniformity is better in near-dark scenes, but there's still some backlight bleed along the edges. Keep in mind that the gray uniformity can vary between units.

5.3
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
2.498%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

The Toshiba C350 has disappointing black uniformity, but this can vary between units. The entire screen looks blue because of the low contrast, and the edges are a bit darker. Luckily, there's not much blooming around the center cross.

Note: The 50 inch model should have a VA panel, which may result in better uniformity. We don't know which panel types the 43, 65, and 75 inch models use.

7.7
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
35°
Color Shift
57°
Brightness Loss
37°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
43°

The Toshiba 55C350KU has good viewing angles, which is normal for an IPS-like panel. The image remains accurate as you move off to the side, but it appears darker at really wide angles.

Note: The 50 inch variant should have a VA panel, which would result in narrow viewing angles. We don't know which panel types the 43, 65, and 75 inch sizes have, so we don't know what their viewing angles will be like.

7.2
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Semi-gloss
Total Reflections
5.6%
Indirect Reflections
0.8%
Calculated Direct Reflections
4.8%

The reflection handling is decent. It handles a small amount of light well, like from a lamp or overhead lightbulbs, but it's not so good with strong light sources on it. It's a bit worse than the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 because it reflects more light straight back.

7.8
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
3.05
Color dE
2.21
Gamma
2.29
Color Temperature
6,966 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm
Gamma Setting
0

The out-of-the-box accuracy is very good. Most colors are only slightly inaccurate, and most people won't be able to tell. However, white balance is a bit more off, and the gamma doesn't follow the target well, so most scenes are too dark. Also, the color temperature is colder than the 6500K target, giving the image a blue tint. Note that accuracy may vary between units.

8.8
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
1.65
Color dE
1.62
Gamma
2.21
Color Temperature
6,536 K
White Balance Calibration
1 point
Color Calibration
No

The accuracy after calibration is excellent, but the calibration settings are limited, and you can't adjust the white balance. Still, the colors and white balance improved, and the color temperature is close to the target. Gamma is also better overall, but most scenes are still too dark.

You can see our recommended settings here.

5.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

Sadly, the Toshiba C350 doesn't upscale 480p content properly, so it's not suggested for watching DVDs. The image looks blurry, and it doesn't display a proper 16:9 aspect ratio either. The photo above is cropped for the proper ratio and you can see the original here. Don't compare the photo size with the 480p photo from the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 because that image is stretched horizontally.

7.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

Unlike the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, the Toshiba C350 TV isn't good at displaying 720p content like from cable boxes. The image is less sharp and looks choppy.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

Fortunately, the Toshiba C350 TV displays 1080p content like from Blu-rays well.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

This TV displays a perfect 4k image and there aren't any dithering issues like with the Toshiba Fire TV 2020.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't display an 8k image.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Toshiba C350 has an RGB sub-pixel layout, which helps with text clarity when using it as a PC because computer programs render RGB better than the BGR sub-pixel layout on other TVs. The 55 inch model has an IPS-like panel, but we don't know for sure which panel types the other sizes have. The 50 inch model should have a VA panel because there aren't many IPS panels available in this size. If you have the 43, 65, or 75 inch model, let us know which type they are.

6.8
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
No
DCI P3 xy
76.86%
DCI P3 uv
80.01%
Rec 2020 xy
55.26%
Rec 2020 uv
58.51%

The Toshiba C350 has an okay color gamut, but it's not considered a wide color gamut for HDR content. It has trouble displaying the primaries in either the DCI P3 or Rec. 2020 color spaces, and tone mapping is off in both.

5.7
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
64.7%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
25.1%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
48.5%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
18.9%

Due to the narrow color gamut, the color volume is disappointing. It can't display colors at a wide range of luminance levels well.

8.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.086
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.098
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.074
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.122

Surprisingly, the gradient handling is excellent. It's a big improvement over the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, and it's more in line with the Toshiba Fire TV 2019. There's the most banding in the grays and greens, but other than that, you shouldn't notice it much. The Debanding Filter doesn't improve the test pattern, but it improves gradients in real content when set to 'High' or 'Medium', but this comes at the cost of losing fine details.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There aren't any signs of temporary image retention on our unit, but this can vary.

10
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
No

Although some IPS panels can suffer from temporary image retention, this doesn't appear to be permanent as the IPS panel in our long-term test is immune.

Motion
7.2
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
6.2 ms
100% Response Time
16.2 ms

The Toshiba C350 has a decent response time. Although it's slower than the Toshiba Fire TV 2020, there's a lot less overshoot with darker transitions, so you won't notice any black smearing that's typical of VA panels. However, we don't expect the 50 inch model, which should have a VA panel, to perform the same.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
Yes
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

Unlike most TVs in 2021, this one is entirely flicker-free, and it doesn't use pulse width modulation to dim the backlight. This helps reduce eye strain if you're going to use it as a computer monitor and helps avoid image duplications.

0
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
No
Min Flicker For 60 fps
N/A
60Hz For 60 fps
No
120Hz For 120 fps
N/A
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
N/A

Unfortunately, there's no optional black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
No
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
No

The Toshiba C350 doesn't have a motion interpolation feature.

7.9
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
25.5 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
0.5 ms

Due to the somewhat slower response time, there's not much stutter with lower-frame rate content.

0
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
No
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
No
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
No

Sadly, the Toshiba C350 TV doesn't remove judder from any source. This is disappointing considering most entry-level TVs like the LG UP7000 can at least remove judder from native 24p sources.

0
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
60 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
No
HDMI Forum VRR
No
FreeSync
No
G-SYNC Compatible
No
4k VRR Maximum
N/A
4k VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1080p VRR Maximum
N/A
1080p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
1440p VRR Maximum
N/A
1440p VRR Minimum
No VRR support
VRR Supported Connectors
No VRR support

The Toshiba C350 has a basic 60Hz panel and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies.

Inputs
9.5
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
10.0 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.6 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.8 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
117.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
117.1 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
N/A
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
N/A
1440p @ 120Hz
N/A
4k @ 120Hz
N/A
1080p with Variable Refresh Rate
N/A
1440p with VRR
N/A
4k with VRR
N/A
8k with VRR
N/A

The Toshiba 55C350KU has very low input lag as long as you're in Game Mode. Its 4k @ 60Hz input lag is actually one of the lowest we've seen on any 60Hz TV, so you shouldn't notice any delays when gaming.

4.2
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
1080p @ 120Hz
No
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (forced resolution required)
1440p @ 120Hz
No
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
No
4k @ 120Hz
No
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Toshiba C350 only displays basic signals at 60Hz, and it can't display proper chroma 4:4:4. This is disappointing if you want to use it as a PC monitor and want clear text.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
No
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
No

As the TV doesn't support high-frame rate content, you're limited to 4k gaming at 60Hz from either the Xbox Series X or PS5. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode setting that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you play a game from a compatible device, but it's not clear that it's in Game Mode. A HDR symbol appears in the top right, as you can see in this photo.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
No
Dolby Vision
Yes
HLG
No
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
No
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
Inputs
Input Photos
Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 1
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0

The Toshiba C350 TV is one of the few TVs we've tested in 2021 that still has Composite inputs, which is great if you have old entertainment devices, like DVD players or a PS2.

Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 1)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
Yes
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
Yes

The Toshiba C350 has eARC support, allowing you to pass high-quality, uncompressed audio like Dolby Atmos or DTS:X formats to a compatible receiver through an HDMI connection.

Sound Quality
5.4
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
160.00 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
4.28 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
4.30 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.76 dB
Max
87.0 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
4.48 dB

The Toshiba C350 has a poor frequency response. It doesn't produce any bass, and it's even worse than most TVs in that regard, so if you want the best sound experience, go for a soundbar. It doesn't get very loud, and the sound profile isn't the most balanced either, but it's fine enough to listen to dialogue.

8.2
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.031
Weighted THD @ Max
0.156
IMD @ 80
0.55%
IMD @ Max
2.32%

The Toshiba 55C350KU has great distortion performance. There isn't much distortion even when listening at its max volume, and not everyone may hear it.

Smart Features
7.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Fire TV
Version 6322096.1
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
4 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
4 s
Advanced Options
Some

The Toshiba C350 comes with the Amazon Fire TV platform built-in. It's user-friendly, and the menu navigation feels smooth with no obvious bugs. It's not as advanced as some other platforms, but it's still good for most people.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

There are ads in the Home and Live tabs in the interface, as well as the app store. There's no way to disable them.

8.0
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The app store has a great selection of apps available to download. You can cast content from your phone, but it's not as easy as other TVs. It doesn't support Google Chromecast, so you have to screen mirror your Android phone, but it does have Apple AirPlay and HomeKit, so it's more user-friendly for iOS users.

8.0
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
No
Remote App Amazon Alexa

The Toshiba C350 comes with the same remote as the Toshiba Fire TV 2020. It's simple with the necessary navigation buttons and shortcut buttons to popular streaming services. The built-in mic allows you to ask to change HDMI inputs, open apps, and search for content, but you can't ask it to change certain settings. It also works with compatible Amazon Alexa devices.

Smart Features
TV Controls

There's a single button underneath the center of the TV to turn it On/Off or change inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Remote (with 2x AAA batteries)
  • Power cable
  • User guides

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 50 W
Power Consumption (Max) 92 W
Firmware Fire OS 7.2.4.7 (PS7247/2500)

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 55 inch Toshiba C350 (55C350KU). There are 43, 50, 65, and 75 inch models also available. We don't know exactly which panels the 43, 65, and 75 inch models use, so we don't know exactly how they perform. If you have those screen sizes let us know if it performs similarly to ours. The 50 inch model should have a VA panel, meaning it performs differently than the 55 inch variant.

Size Model Code Panel Type Retailers
43" 43C350KU Unknown Amazon, Best Buy
50" 50C350KU VA Amazon, Best Buy
55" 55C350KU IPS Amazon, Best Buy
65" 65C350KU Unknown Best Buy
75" 75C350KU Unknown Best Buy

If someone comes across a different type of panel or if their Toshiba C350 doesn't correspond to our review, let us know and we'll update the review. Note that some tests, like gray uniformity, may vary between units.

Our unit of the 55C350KU was manufactured in March 2021; you can see the label here

Compared To Other TVs

The Toshiba C350 is a basic entry-level TV that's disappointing even for a low-cost option. It doesn't improve at all from the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 and gets worse in a few areas like brightness and upscaling. Even if you're looking for a cheap TV, there are better options available with a few more features, like the Hisense A6G.

Also see our recommendations for the best budget TVs, best smart TVs, and best small TVs.

Toshiba Fire TV 2020
43" 50" 55"

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 replaces the Toshiba Fire TV 2020 and the units we tested have different panel types. The 55 inch version of the 2021 model has an IPS-like panel with wider viewing angles than the 2020 model, which has a better contrast. However, it's possible some of the sizes of the 2021 model also have VA panels. Other than that, the 2021 model is worse in a few ways because it doesn't get as bright and it has issues upscaling lower-resolution content, but it does a better job at displaying native 4k content.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The LG C1 OLED is a high-end TV that's much better overall than the entry-level Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021. The LG has an OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and wide viewing angles. It also has many features the Toshiba doesn't have, like HDMI 2.1 inputs, VRR support, motion interpolation, and judder removal. The one advantage the Toshiba has over the LG is that its LED panel won't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in like the LG.

Hisense U6G
50" 55" 65" 75"

The Hisense U6G and the Toshiba C350 Fire TV are both entry-level TVs, but the Hisense is much better overall. The models we tested have different panel types, so the Hisense has a higher contrast, while the Toshiba has wider viewing angles, but the Toshiba is also available in the same VA panel type as the Hisense. The Hisense gets much brighter and has better reflection handling, so it's a better choice for well-lit rooms. It has more features like a full-array local dimming feature, the ability to remove 24p judder, and can display chroma 4:4:4, all of which the Toshiba can't do.

Hisense A6G
43" 50" 55" 58" 60" 65" 70" 75" 85"

The Hisense A6G and the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021 are both okay entry-level TVs. The units we tested of each have the same panel type, but they both have variants with different panel types too. Although picture quality isn't good on either, the Hisense does a better job at upscaling low-resolution content like from DVDs and cable boxes, and it gets a bit brighter. The Hisense has a few more features like the ability to remove judder from 24p sources and display chroma 4:4:4, which the Toshiba can't do. The Fire TV platform on the Toshiba is easier to use than Android TV, but the Android TV is more customizable.

Hisense R6090G
43" 50" 55" 65"

The Hisense R6090G is better overall than the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021, but that's because the units we tested have different panel types. The Hisense has a VA panel, allowing it to have a much better contrast for deeper blacks. It also does a better job at upscaling lower-resolution content, and it removes judder from 24p sources, which the Toshiba can't do. The 55 inch model of the Toshiba we tested has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles instead, but it's possible other sizes have VA panels instead. 

Samsung TU8000
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung TU8000 is better overall than the Toshiba C350 Fire TV 2021, but they use different panel types. The Samsung has a VA panel with much deeper blacks and better uniformity. The Samsung also gets brighter in SDR, upscales lower-resolution content better, and has motion features like motion interpolation. The 55 inch model of the Toshiba has better viewing angles because it has an IPS-like panel, but some of the other sizes may have a VA panel too. It also has much better gradient handling, so you won't see as much banding in scenes with shades of the same color, like in a sunset.

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