|Toshiba Regza 40UL605U HDTV Preview|
|Home Theater Flat Panel HDTVs LCD HDTVs|
|Written by Michael Palmer|
|Monday, 18 October 2010|
This forty inch Regza television offers viewers a full 1080p picture at 120 frames a second, though it can take any input signal from 480i to 1080p via one of its four HDMI inputs (version 1.3), or 480i to 1080i via the component input. For those with a VCR or Laserdisc player, the component also doubles as a single 480i composite input.
Those who love to calibrate will appreciate both standard and advanced video features, starting with a Native Mode for HD signals to ensure no over-scanning. There are five preset picture modes and one customizable option allowing owners to adjust contrast, tint, brightness, color, and sharpness. For finer tuning, there are Backlight, DynaLight, Dynamic Contrast, Static Gamma, Color Temperature, and a number of noise reduction modes.
Parents are also afforded a host of protective features where in addition to the V-Chip for rated-programming, there is also Channel Block, Input Block, and Control Panel Lock which prevents the wee ones from un-calibrating the picture settings. And those looking to ensure afternoons are spent hitting the books in addition to playing video games might be interested the password protected GameTimer which locks out the game console's input after a predetermined time period.
The real winning potential of the UL605 series is NetTV. Using an included Wi-Fi adapter allows owners to connect with the impressive VUDU movie service (with its almost-Blu-ray quality), YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, the New York Times, AP, National Weather Service, etc. Early experience with television web apps has been a mixed bag so far (from elegant to clunky), but with a strong Internet connection, NetTV could be a real value.
The Toshiba Regza 40UL605U can be found online and in retailers for around $999 (down from a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1399).
Compatible Video Signals: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (all displayed at full 1080p; 1920 x 1080)