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Reviewed on Apr 23, 2014

Toshiba L1400U
TV REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9

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6.4
Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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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.

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.

Test Results
Picture Quality 6.6
Motion 5.0
Inputs 8.5
Smart Features 4.0

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Design

Design
Toshiba L1400U Design

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

Stand
Toshiba L1400U Stand

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

Borders
Toshiba L1400U Borders

0.63" (1.6 cm)

Thickness
Toshiba L1400U Thickness

1.65" (4.2 cm)

6.6

Picture Quality

Score components:
4k : No
8.6 Contrast
Toshiba L1400U 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 Black Uniformity
Toshiba L1400U 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 Gray Uniformity
Toshiba L1400U 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 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 Average Room
Toshiba L1400U 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 Bright Room
Toshiba L1400U 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 3D
3D : No
Pixels
5.0

Motion

Score components:
5.0 Motion Blur
Toshiba L1400U 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 Interpolation
Motion Interpolation : N/A
8.5

Inputs

Score components:
8.5 Input Lag
Toshiba L1400U Input Lag
Input Lag : 36.3 ms

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

Side Inputs
Toshiba L1400U Side Inputs

1 USB

Rear Inputs
Toshiba L1400U Rear Inputs

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

4.0

Smart Features

Score components:
  • 100% Smart TV
4.0 Smart TV

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

Remote

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6.4Mixed Usage
Score components:
  • 74% Picture Quality
  • 19% Motion
  • 7% Inputs
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.

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