Toshiba 55SL417U Review
Description: 55" Full HD LED backlit LCD TV 1080p resolution
Includes: Tablet Top Stand, Built in Wifi, component and composite breakout cables
Dimensions: 49.8" W x 33.07" H x 11.3" D (w/stand)
Reviewer: Jack Burden
Date: Summer 2011
Picture Quality Rating (HD): 8/10
The Toshiba SL417 comes preset out of the box to the energy saving AutoView picture mode. It's really a pretty good setting especially compared to the preset mode on most TVs, however some of the extra picture features that it uses such as the Dynalight feature can be distracting. The AutoView mode does exactly what it says, it finds a good picture setting for you based on room light (from a starting point of course). Use our calibrated picture settings (next page) to reduce light fluctuation and improve dark shadow detail.
Picture Quality Rating (Non-HD): 7.5/10
This shot shows background light uniformity issues at the edges of the screen (with Brightness control turned up).
Features Rating: 8/10
Internet Options: Toshiba is a little behind in the Internet TV options department, but has the ones you will need most. The Yahoo! Widgets options which publishes the news, financials and a few other services. We're still not a big fan. The SL417 also has Netflix, Vudu Movies, Cinema Now, Pandora, Facebook, Flickr, You Tube.
Value Rating: 8.5/10
The 55SL417U is priced around $1400 from authorized retailers. We think it offers some very compelling features and qualities for this price. There is plenty of competition in this mid-range LED-LCD TV category including the Samsung UN55D6000, the Sony KDL55EX620, and the LG 55LV5500.
Overall Rating: 7.9/10