Unfortunately, this deal is no longer available
Toshiba 55UL5A63DB 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with Freeview Play and Dolby Vision £347 @ Laptops Direct
254° Expired

Toshiba 55UL5A63DB 55" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with Freeview Play and Dolby Vision £347 @ Laptops Direct

11
Posted 17th Jan

This deal is expired. Here are some options that might interest you:

Down from £397. Available from Richer Sounds for £399 with a 6 year warranty for peace of mind should you prefer.

What stands out

- Experience exceptional 4K UHD images and smooth motion with TRU Picture Engine
- See life-like colours and enhanced contrast with Dolby Vision HDR technology
- Easy access to your favourite apps including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video
- Catch up on the latest shows from BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub using Freeview Play
- Enjoy enhanced sound and clearer on-screen dialogue with built-in Onkyo speakers

Essential info


- Toshiba LED TV
- 4K Ultra HD resolution
- Smart TV with built-in WiFi
- Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10
- Freeview HD and Freeview Play
- Resolution: 3840 x 2160
- USB media playback
- USB recording
- Bluetooth compatible
- Total sound output: 32 W
- Wall mountable: VESA 400 x 200
- Energy efficiency class: A+
- 1 Year Warranty

Connections

- 4 x HDMI
-2 x USB
- 1 x Composite video input
- 1 x Component video input
- 1 x Optical audio output
- 1 x Analogue audio input
- 1 x Headphone output
- 1 x Common interface (CI)
- 1 x Satellite input
- 1 x RF input
- 1 x Ethernet

More info

- Size with stand: W 123.8 x H 72.7 x D 19.1 cm
- Size without stand: W 123.8 x H 71.5 x D 9.3 cm
- Weight with stand: 19 kg
- Weight without stand: 15.5 kg

What's in the box

- TV
- Remote Control
- Base stand
- Power cable
- User manual
Community Updates

Groups

11 Comments
Good cheap price so will add heat but for anyone seriously looking at potentially buying this - save your money.

Whilst the price may look enticing enough, there are too many caveats which will be a big factor such as poor contrast, so you will struggle with blacks and greys for example. Also this model is not even full HDR so a big compromise there and it has weak sound.

So all in all, it's a poor effort really from Toshiba which is why they generally suck when it comes to TV's at the lower price point.
Edited by: "merb0786" 17th Jan
HEAT OP for the deal & comparison
merb078617/01/2020 16:58

Good cheap price so will add heat but for anyone seriously looking at …Good cheap price so will add heat but for anyone seriously looking at potentially buying this - save your money. Whilst the price may look enticing enough, there are too many caveats which will be a big factor such as poor contrast, so you will struggle with blacks and greys for example. Also this model is not even full HDR so a big compromise there and it has weak sound.So all in all, it's a poor effort really from Toshiba which is why they generally suck when it comes to TV's at the lower price point.


What do you mean by not full HDR? It's compatible with more HDR standards than most TV's at this price/size.

No TV at this price point can offer the brightness required for a real HDR experience. The UL5A can reach 350nits, which is similar to a Samsung RU7400.

Toshiba has two main issues. The first is software and menu speed, which can be sluggish and buggy (like all Vestel built TV's). The second is the panel type lottery. Their IPS panels are good for wide angle viewing, but have poor blacks (on par with LG's IPS TV's though at around 1000:1), their VA panels are great for contrast and black levels at around 5500:1, which is as good as any Samsung VA panel.

The only sizes where VA panels are guaranteed is 50" (not 49") and 58".

I've got the lower-end Toshiba 50U2963DB, which is easily comparable to my Samsung NU7400 once calibrated. I also have a Hisense 43B7100, which has better software, but considerably worse picture (it's dim, crushes blacks, viewing angle is terrible) and sound quality.
Edited by: "chancooluk" 17th Jan
chancooluk17/01/2020 23:35

What do you mean by not full HDR? It's compatible with more HDR standards …What do you mean by not full HDR? It's compatible with more HDR standards than most TV's at this price/size.No TV at this price point can offer the brightness required for a real HDR experience. The UL5A can reach 350nits, which is similar to a Samsung RU7400.Toshiba has two main issues. The first is software and menu speed, which can be sluggish and buggy (like all Vestel built TV's). The second is the panel type lottery. Their IPS panels are good for wide angle viewing, but have poor blacks (on par with LG's IPS TV's though at around 1000:1), their VA panels are great for contrast and black levels at around 5500:1, which is as good as any Samsung VA panel.The only sizes where VA panels are guaranteed is 50" (not 49") and 58".I've got the lower-end Toshiba 50U2963DB, which is easily comparable to my Samsung NU7400 once calibrated. I also have a Hisense 43B7100, which has better software, but considerably worse picture (it's dim, crushes blacks, viewing angle is terrible) and sound quality.


The HDR performance imo will be compromised in a few ways, more so the lack of wide colour gamut which means colours will lack subtlety & HDR perfomance as a result will be weak.

This model in particular is not bright enough to handle most HDR sources due to the dim highlights being problematic and this issue is made more worse by a lack of detail in these specific areas.

That is what i meant by not full HDR and that is one of the main reasons i personally do not recommend anyone purchases this TV.

Thanks for your response.
Edited by: "merb0786" 17th Jan
merb078617/01/2020 23:46

The HDR performance imo will be compromised in a few ways, more so the …The HDR performance imo will be compromised in a few ways, more so the lack of wide colour gamut which means colours will lack subtlety & HDR perfomance as a result will be weak. This model in particular is not bright enough to handle most HDR sources due to the dim highlights being problematic and this issue is made more worse by a lack of detail in these specific areas.That is what i meant by not full HDR and that is one of the main reasons i personally do not recommend anyone purchases this TV.Thanks for your response.


No probs, I just wanted to make it clear that no TV's around this price can offer a real HDR experience. It isn't a problem limited to Toshiba.

Using Samsung as an example, the £800 Q70R is the lowest TV in their range that can offer both the brightness and colour gamut for HDR.
chancooluk17/01/2020 23:50

No probs, I just wanted to make it clear that no TV's around this price …No probs, I just wanted to make it clear that no TV's around this price can offer a real HDR experience. It isn't a problem limited to Toshiba.Using Samsung as an example, the £800 Q70R is the lowest TV in their range that can offer both the brightness and colour gamut for HDR.


And i agree RE the real HDR experience yes. I was specifically focusing on this TV and i personally do not rate Toshiba sets.
Cracking price for a 55 inch TV. As for picture quality I think these days even TV's at the cheaper end offer up a really good picture. Go back a decade and the cheap LCD TV's really did produce some poor pictures but it's rare to see a really bad picture on even a budget set now.
Edited by: "MDL199" 18th Jan
Is this a Toshiba made panel?
Taz152918/01/2020 21:02

Is this a Toshiba made panel?


I think only Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic make their own panels but not in all of their TV's. Sony uses LG panels in many of their TV's but they use their own processor and hardware to create the picture.

Many companies and I think Toshiba are one of them, get their European sets built to their specifications by one of the 2 major TV manufacturing plants in Europe which is either in Turkey or Poland. This does not necessarily mean their sets are worse than they were when they built them themselves.

Interesting article.
yorkshirepost.co.uk/lif…824
Edited by: "MDL199" 18th Jan
MDL19918/01/2020 22:07

I think only Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic make their own panels but not …I think only Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic make their own panels but not in all of their TV's. Sony uses LG panels in many of their TV's but they use their own processor and hardware to create the picture.Many companies and I think Toshiba are one of them, get their European sets built to their specifications by one of the 2 major TV manufacturing plants in Europe which is either in Turkey or Poland. This does not necessarily mean their sets are worse than they were when they built them themselves.Interesting article.https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/lifestyle/gadgets-and-tech/never-mind-the-badge-on-the-front-who-really-made-your-tv-set-1-8056824


Thanks. I had come to the same conclusions, but wasn't aware of the Sony bit. However, I do believe Sony would only attach their name to something worthy of the branding. As such I'd be inclined to only such LG Samsung or Sony, for basically anything. What's amazing is all these cheap TVs don't necessarily stand out as bad from their looks, neither their panel, but the fact they use the most dire software seen on a device today. Clunky, slow and drastically underpower. It's amazing they actually stay in people's homes without being returned more than a few days! My brother returned his 55" Sharp the other week, only had it 2 weeks but the thing was so poor I pushed him to return it. He's now using my 10 year old LG until something else comes up. It's sad when that is the best option!
Taz152918/01/2020 23:31

Thanks. I had come to the same conclusions, but wasn't aware of the Sony …Thanks. I had come to the same conclusions, but wasn't aware of the Sony bit. However, I do believe Sony would only attach their name to something worthy of the branding. As such I'd be inclined to only such LG Samsung or Sony, for basically anything. What's amazing is all these cheap TVs don't necessarily stand out as bad from their looks, neither their panel, but the fact they use the most dire software seen on a device today. Clunky, slow and drastically underpower. It's amazing they actually stay in people's homes without being returned more than a few days! My brother returned his 55" Sharp the other week, only had it 2 weeks but the thing was so poor I pushed him to return it. He's now using my 10 year old LG until something else comes up. It's sad when that is the best option!


No problem with Sony using LG panels because they are quality. No different than Apple using Samsung screens in their iPhones really. Companies like Toshiba set the specs and components for their TV's and get either Vestel or UMC located in Turkey and Poland/Slovakia to build them and this allows them to be more competitive price wise. Even Panasonic are doing this with some of their TV's. This doesn't necessarily mean they are bad quality and you can grab a bargain with some of these TV's but like you say the software can be a bit sluggish on some. To be honest I'd actually rather have a 4k TV without the smart features and use a firestick or Roku box because even TV's made by good companies like Samsung end up with outdated or redundant smart features that are no longer supported because the software is outdated.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text