Toshiba TV Review

Toshiba UL5A TV Review

55 inch LED TV


The Toshiba UL5A is part of Toshiba’s new range of budget 4K TVs, the L5 series and the premium L7 series. With a whole load of format support, something uniquely smart and, on the surface, to rival more premium offers, why wouldn’t you consider one of these Toshiba TVs
Toshiba UL5A TV Review

43 inch LED TV

The Toshiba UL5A is part of Toshiba’s new range of budget 4K TVs, the L5 series and the premium L7 series. With a whole load of format support, to rival some of the unique Amazon Alexa Smarts and, on the surface, more premium offers, why wouldn’t you consider one of these Toshiba TVs?
Toshiba UL5A TV Review

49 inch LED TV

The Toshiba UL5A is part of Toshiba’s new range of budget 4K TVs, the L5 series and the premium L7 series. With a whole load of format support, to rival some of the unique Amazon Alexa Smarts and, on the surface, more premium offers, why wouldn’t you consider one of these Toshiba TVs?
Some special things about Toshiba
The most interesting feature of the UL5A is the Toshiba Connect, a small plug-in gadget that connects your TV via USB, the kind of far-away mic found in the Amazon Echo speaker, allowing you to voice your TV Can control from. Alexa smart assistant of Amazon. This is an optional accessory – and one that, at the time of writing, is only available via Argos when purchasing UL5A, but it is soon more widely available for use in other L5 and L7 series sets (VL5A, UL7A) . And TL7A).

There may be some downside to a third-party Alexa device, however, as we connected both UL5A and Toshiba through our testing to see if it was really worth a budget TV (small in price) price tag. . Read on for our full Toshiba UL5A TV review.
Toshiba’s Series Price

43-inch – Price – £ 349
49-inch – Price – £ 399
55-inch-price- £ 479

 The Toshiba Connect microphone is adding another £ 20 to each RRP, especially with the UL5A via Argos. There is a relatively thick bezel, with a functional look that doesn’t try to hide the component parts of the television. The panel itself sits at the very bottom of the stand, which requires assembly of two separate parts before malfunctioning in the TV. At the bottom edge of the panel is a gray bar with the Toshiba logo on the left and a circular LED light on the right, which turns red when the TV is turned off and turns green when the TV is on.
Easy to change channel
You are able to change the channel, send commands to other Alexa-enabled devices in your home, and say “Turn on Alexa, Toshiba”, or whatever you chose to select your TV during setup, on the television. Can power-on – You are not able to launch specific applications, such as YouTube, search for individual shows, or even stop / play what you are watching, as you would with Amazon Fire TV Can do with platforms.
How does it work
The visual layout here is not as stylized as one of Amazon’s smart displays (Echo Show, Echo Show 5, etc.), but Connect performs the same function as a basic Alexa gadget.

 Voice

It managed to pick up our voice relatively well, sitting on the couch a few feet away while we switched on the television, or while cooking in the kitchen. However, when we made good use of the mute button – to prevent Alexa from listening when we didn’t want to or needed it – the spring-loaded button would, after a few hours, simply unmute itself, which felt sufficient. Reliable as a security feature. (You can just unplug the microphone if you want.)
Toshiba Connect effectively replaces the Alexa microphone in the remote, similar to what you get from the Amazon Fire TV Stick. UL5A’s remote, however, features numeric keypads as well as common buttons to change the source of the normal picture, bring up the settings sidebar, or jump for special app shortcuts. There are separate buttons for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and Free View Play, this is very convenient if these are the apps you use frequently.

You get the usual dynamic, natural, cinema, sports and sports picture modes found on most smart TVs these days – even showing the exact levels of contrast, brightness and color differences when selecting each one , Give you an insight into how you are ‘affecting the picture on your TV. The difference between them is minor, and you don’t get the automatic mode switches of some of the more premium TVs, but the offer is perfectly adequate.

Tl; The DR is a sluggish smart TV platform, although detailed picture settings are a welcome addition.

HD performance

While the Toshiba UL5A is a 4K TV, most of the content you watch will be in low HD resolution, rather than 4K saved for premium HD plans on high HD DVDs, some subscription channels and streaming. Services. For the price, the UL5A’s picture is impressive. The colors generally look accurate, with a warm wash that is held even when viewed from an angle. The panel is more comfortable with high-contrast materials, such as animated cartoons, or footballers’ stark jerseys against a green pitch; In lower-resolution SD or HD content, which is more of a real-world color palette – brown, gray, black – the visual detail can look sloppy with a slightly muddy picture. Motion handling, especially in sports mode, is very capable of handling fast sprints below the pitch
The side-lit panel may not provide a consistent brightness of backlighting, and you’ll find that the light and dark segments of the display can vary: When viewing the Critical Roll Webseries on YouTube, the panel of actors shown below will appear on the screen. The half seemed somewhat flat compared to those shown above, with this disparity varying depending on the height from which we were looking. But this is a minor complaint of what an impressive experience is mostly for the budget price.

Tl; A strong picture display for the DR price, although razor-sharp detail is not expected on this budget panel, especially for more daytime pictures.

4K / HDR Display
Of course, it is also a 4K TV, and you may be wondering how it is with Ultra HD resolution content.
While it is technically a 4K panel, it is not advanced enough to make much difference with 4K content. It’s clearly faster than HD images, but it doesn’t seem like a full-blown 4K. However, the performance usually manages to hold together that brightness detail, which disrupts the scenes appearing in the show without too many flashing artifacts.
The Toshiba UL5A also has HDR on board, and benefits from more vivid colors to give more punch to its picture – but is again home to the halfway house here. The UL5A lacks the wide color gamut of the L7 series, while the panel lacks brightness control to really pop out its existing colors, resulting in washed out images compared to higher-end sets. But you are able to play both HDR10 and Dolby WinContent, which gives you the taste of being capable of these technologies.

Sound

The sound is surprisingly good, with UL5A’s rear-firing speakers packing a pleasing depth. Listening to Billy Ellish’s tummy ache, the vocals sound clear and melodious, even though his track’s bad guy’s deep, thumping bass is delivered with his full effect. The UL5A isn’t enough to bring the beats to parties then, but it’s certainly enough for a relaxing movie night.

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