Building a good 65-inch HDTV is a bit difficult nowadays because the most popular brands like LG and Samsung pretty much have the market cornered with pricey Ultra HD 4K displays on the high-end along with some reasonably priced 1080p 65-inch TVs. Toshiba may not be the dominant TV brand but it still strives to capture some living room market share by coming up with a few high-end 1080p models. The Toshiba 65L7300U is one of the company’s priciest 1080p LED TV but it turns out to be a tad cheaper than the more popular competitors.
The 65L7300U is a fairly attractive display thanks to the gunmetal finish. By today’s LED TV standards, the half-inch bezel is quite thin but it lacks those pencil-thin/borderless qualities that other competing models have. The panel itself is layered with a semi-gloss coating which helps reduce glare resulting to more clarity even during the day. The TV stand adds a little bit of elegance too as it matches the bezel and it has that rectangular border design making the base look pretty minimalistic.
The left side of the TV features the most common ports for quick access including a pair of USB ports along with a trio of HDMI ports. You can also find an audio input and digital audio input. Then further down the side, you can find a few buttons in case you wish to power on or off the TV, change the channel, adjust the volume, or switch to another input source. An additional HDMI port can be found on the back as well as other ports common to a high-end TV like the Ethernet port, VGA input and IR blaster port.
The Toshiba 65L7300U is a member of Toshiba’s Cloud TV category which is basically Toshiba’s term for a Smart TV. It is physically equipped like a standard all-in-one PC with built-in Wi-Fi making Ethernet connectivity completely optional. The Wi-Fi may have the tendency to disconnect from the access point at times so you should consider an Ethernet connection if your router isn’t too far away so you can benefit from the faster local transfer speeds too. The Cloud TV platform interface is pretty easy to figure out as you start in a portal and have quick access to a good number of popular online services. In the video streaming department, you get to pick from Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, VUDU HD and many others. Facebook and Skype apps are onboard too as well as a number of news apps. The Cloud TV experience goes a little bit more beyond downloadable apps by offering a family calendar, photo album and media guide. There is even this feature where you can send instant messages to other online users that happen to own a Toshiba TV with Cloud TV functionality too.
Interacting with the interface is a bit more pleasant than other TVs with Internet functionality because the 65L7300U features its own wireless QWERTY keyboard. This isn’t the kind of keyboard that is integrated with the remote either like some other TV models. Instead, the TV looks more like a compact PC keyboard complete with a numeric keypad and even a small touchpad. The included wireless USB dongle does need to be connected but you still have a vacant USB port in case you want to play image slideshows, video files or music from a flash drive. Having a keyboard can come in handy if you frequently use the built-in Web Browser app.
If you find the Cloud TV interface a bit sluggish, you always have the option of hooking up a computer or laptop although you would normally have to make the connection through VGA or HDMI cable. That isn’t the case with the Toshiba 65L7300U though because the TV has Miracast and WiDi built-in as well. Both of these standards are wireless technologies and they allow you to connect mobile devices and laptops respectively providing that they have the support too.
The performance of the 65L7300U is a little bit disappointing because the specs and technologies of this TV are very similar to the cheaper models in the midrange L4300U series. It has the same CQ Engine video processor which comes with a couple of technologies like Dynamic Gamma and Edge Enhancement. It also features the ClearScan 240 Hz technology which you can use if you are tired of blurring while fast-paced sequences occur. It is a relatively safe approach for blur reduction but a lot of people may appreciate it as not all people like excessively smooth visuals giving any movie or TV program that soap opera effect. You can also reduce the visual noise by making use of the UltraClear DNR technology.The main weakness of the Toshiba 65L7300U has to be the black levels.
There are a number of parameters that you can modify just so you can improve the average image quality. Applying the AutoView picture preset is a pretty good start because the TV can save energy by adjusting the luminance level to match the ambient lighting. This also works with the DynaLight option which works the same way but it is the display’s backlighting that tries to match the content. Of course, you may adjust the different attributes like the color and tint by yourself.
So how exactly did Toshiba bring down the price of a pretty feature-rich Smart TV with a wireless keyboard? 3D functionality is the answer because the 65L7300U lacks such functionality. You will have to consider the Toshiba 65L7350U since it offers that extra feature but don’t expect anything else. 3D movies will continue to be developed though so shelling out a little bit more for the Toshiba 65L7350U could be a pretty good choice. But if you don’t even have a 3D Blu-ray player/gaming console or don’t plan to get one, you are better off saving money with the Toshiba 65L7300U. Adding WiDi and Miracast to the mix shows Toshiba’s determination in offering a unique selection but future models still need to be a bit more innovative than that by offering unique features that everyone can use.
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