The Toshiba 46SL417U is an LED LCD HDTV with impressively thin styling and the flexibility to provide home theater entertainment, gaming excitement and interactive web applications. Its AutoView technology adjusts your picture for optimum lighting and color automatically. Besides a great Hi Def picture for television, it offers some specialty modes for customizing your experience in gaming and video presentation. Throw in built-in wireless network capability with Internet applications and this Toshiba will be the focus of your home entertainment for years.
The Toshiba 46SL417U’s LCD picture capability offers the ultimate in personal customization. For people technically challenged concerned with complicated electronics, setting the AutoView feature automatically sets and updates the picture parameters as the room lighting and the video content change during viewing. Toshiba’s DynaLight backlighting can adjust the brightness level with each video frame among the 256 levels of backlight intensity available. The CineSpeed LCD Panel with 10 bit video output has an eight millisecond and faster response for high speed video viewing with less blurring. If you change to Native Mode, the picture will bring in up to 5% more of the image that is missed in regular viewing. If you enjoy experimenting with different settings then the Expert Mode allows you to individually modify picture parameters any way you desire for screen presentation on the 46 inch (diagonal) screen. Modify individual picture settings for high color to watch that science fiction movie or soften the tones for a romantic film. With Expert Mode, the choice is in your hands.
The virtual surround sound delivering that background gaming music and sound effects comes from two 10-watt internal “invisible” speakers. Sound enhanced circuitry with Dolby Digital Dynamic Range provides the Toshiba 46SL417U with a range of sound settings suitable for any application from streaming Internet video to your favorite first person shooter.
This Toshiba is equipped with integrated Wi-Fi. Not all Toshiba’s come with this feature or the entertainment package. Watch Internet TV from Hulu or Netflix movies via the built in WiFi and NetTV service with Yahoo! widgets that is included with the Toshiba 46SL417U. Use the NetTV and Yahoo! You have widgets to stay socially connected online while viewing your favorite TV series or sporting event. You can post updates and view news or weather services without missing out on any play action in your football game.
Extremely thin at just a little over an inch in their ultrathin Blade design, the Toshiba 46SL417U sports a silver accented black cabinet and will make for a low profile when mounted on the wall. Very light at 40 pounds, this television is easy to fit into place with standard VESA 400mm mounting hardware. There is a hint of chrome on the side edges of the cabinet. Not enough to distract your eye from the screen, but enough to add a little pizzazz and style. For tabletop use, the included stand puts the sets depth at just over 11 inches. The screen measures just 1.2 inches thick, very thin for an LED-backlit set.
The 46SL417U does a decent job of energy conservation. When set to the brightest mode, the TV used 95 watts. In Movie 2 mode the watt usage dropped to 74 watts. If you watch in the AutoView mode the screen is dimmed. This takes the energy consumption down to 42 watts. However, watching the TV in AutoView dimmed mode seems a bit contrary to the purpose of having a high-definition TV. Your best compromise for energy savings is to view in Movie 2 mode.
Using the onscreen initial set-up menus and the multifunction remote control will have you viewing your new HDTV in no time. After initial set-up, you can access up to three special mode settings via the remote. The Toshiba 46SL417U features Native Mode to adjust the video picture to fill the set’s screen with the 3% to 5% of the picture normal resolution loses at the edges. The Gaming Mode feature reduces game controller input delay for fast button action. Finally, Expert Mode for optimizing your home theater experience with precise picture adjustments.
The Toshiba 46SL417U has a number of component connections arranged within easy reach on the left rear of the set. The designer must have spent a lot of time evaluating the connection locations of other HDTVs. The connections aren’t all grouped in the back of the cabinet. Instead, they are placed along the side and bottom. What incredible insight! If you wall mount the TV and need to change connections, it’s a breeze to find the proper port. Because of this design, you don’t have to gingerly lift the TV off the wall to guess which plug you need to pull—and hope the TV doesn’t drop off the mount. The connection locations along the side and bottom make switching devices a breeze. When wall mounted you can easily reach the RF connector, PC input, an RJ-45 LAN connection and one HDMI input from the bottom. Three HDMI inputs to connect your HD capable video components are located on the side. These HDMI ports incorporate the InstaPort feature to allow faster HDMI switching between ports. Two easily accessible USB ports for digital video, audio (mp3) and images (jpeg) are on the side location, as well as, Toshiba’s ColorStream Component Video input.
The Toshiba 46SL417U is suitable for just about any application from regular HD television to online gaming via your PC. The 46 inch class is large enough for any room without being overpowering and the virtual surround sound adjusts to the room size for an entertaining experience. Plugging in or swapping out devices couldn’t be easier with the side and bottom connection design. While available for about $1,100 from Toshiba, you can find it at a bargain price online. The Toshiba 46SL417U is a great pick for a versatile HDTV with its large feature selection and superior picture and sound.
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