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If there's one thing Toshiba knows how to do well, it's build a stylish TV for a modest price. Despite selling for a mere £440, the 40RL953B looks as classy as many sets costing double. It's been a while since I've seen a Toshiba TV deliver a solid overall performance, so can the 40RL953B buck that trend? The 40RL953B may have a budget price tag, but unlike last year's 40RL858B, it uses the same menu system as the high-end models in Toshiba's range. Instead of flat menu screens, you're presented with two arcs of icons at the bottom. The lower arc lets you select the type of action you want to perform and you're then shifted to an upper arc where you select a sub-option. These menus now look a little more colourful than before and the transitions between them have speeded up too. I still don't feel it's an ideal system though. Once you've selected the sub-option in the arc menu, you're often pitched back into a standard flat menu to complete the task, which is jarring. Interestingly, the TV includes two separate electronic programme guides (EPG).
After successfully playing smart TV catchup with some of its more innovative rivals and increasing its television sales by over 30 per cent last year, Toshiba is now aiming to consolidate its position as a dominant force at the value end of the TV market. The Toshiba 40RL953 is a no-nonsense 40-inch screen that eschews the distraction of 3D and some of the premium features of Toshiba's higher spec TVs, including its CEVO picture processor. Not that this is a basic model, with plenty of picture processing tweaks, a contemporary-looking operating system and the latest incarnation of the Toshiba Places online portal among the Toshiba 40RL953's main attractions.Having turned its back on the 37-inch screen for the RL953 series, Toshiba's only alternative to the 40RL953 in terms of screen size is the 32-inch Toshiba 32RL953.Best TVs to buy10 best 32-inch TVs10 best 37-inch TVs13 best 42-inch TVs12 best 3D TVsIf you've got your heart set on a 40-inch screen then there are three other Toshiba TVs to tempt you, all priced fairly closely together and with subtle spec differences. The step-up 549 Toshiba 40TL868B adds active 3D playback, and is also available in 46-inch size.