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Toshiba L1400U TV Review

Tested using Methodology v0.9
Reviewed Apr 23, 2014 at 12:00 am
Toshiba L1400U Picture
Test Methodology v0.9
6.7
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: Not at the latest test bench
This TV has been discontinued.
4k No

The Toshiba L1400U LED TV is a bugdet TV without any extra features. The picture quality for the price isn't bad, but it has noticeable motion blur and uniformity issues.

Our Verdict

6.7 Mixed Usage

If you have a tight budget, the Toshiba L1400U LED TV will fit the bill. Do not expect perfect picture quality, though. Fast-moving objects have a very long blur trail and the uniformity of the screen has a few problems.

  • 6.7 Mixed Usage
Pros
  • Great contrast ratio for the price.
  • Low amount of reflection.
Cons
  • Noticeable motion blur, so it isn't the best for sports or video games.
  • Color calibration out of the box is very off. Even after spending quite some time adjusting it, it was still far from perfect.
  • Uniformity issues with both dark and gray screens.

Check Price

32" 32L1400U
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40" 40L1400U
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50" 50L1400U
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Test Results

Design
Design
Design

The design of the Toshiba L1400U is simple. The borders are thin and the depth is quite good for an LED.

Design
Stand

With the wide base, the stand is pretty sturdy. It does not swivel. The 32" model has a different stand.

Design
Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Design
Thickness

1.65" (4.2 cm)

Picture Quality
8.6
Picture Quality
Contrast
Black 0.031 cd/m2
White 101.2 cd/m2
Contrast 3265 : 1

For the price, the contrast ratio is surprisingly good. However, the colors are a bit off. The 32" model also has a lower resolution of 720p instead of 1080p.

7.5
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity

Some visible spots can be seen in a dark room when displaying a black picture, although it shouldn't be a major issue.

3.0
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity

The gray uniformity is quite bad, with a lot of darker spots. The top left and bottom left parts of the screen are noticeably darker.

6.6
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Viewing Angle 25 °

At about 25 °, the colors change and lose saturation. You can still see the picture, but it isn't as good.

9.0
Picture Quality
Average Room
Reflection 1.7 %
Surface Type Semi-gloss

The semi-matte screen has low reflection. You will not notice any indirect reflections; just the direct ones.

6.3
Picture Quality
Bright Room
Max white 156 cd/m2

It doesn't get very bright for an LED, though. It should still be sufficient for most rooms, but it will be an issue in a veranda.

0
Picture Quality
3D
3D No
Picture Quality
Pixels

Motion
5.0
Motion
Motion Blur

Fast-moving objects are blurry, leaving a very long trail behind them. Do not get this TV for gaming or for watching sports.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation N/A
Inputs
8.5
Inputs
Input Lag
Input Lag 36.3 ms

The input lag is low. Game mode didn't have a lower input lag than other modes.

Inputs
Side Inputs

1 USB

Inputs
Rear Inputs

2 HDMI
1 RF In
1 Component In
1 Composite In
1 Digital Audio Out

Smart Features
4.0
Smart Features
Smart TV

It doesn't have a Smart TV interface. The USB port can only read photo and music files, not videos.

Smart Features
Remote

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