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There many types of LED TVs—sets with 3D, with apps, with In­ter­net ac­cess and so on. But one type of LED that is hard to find—a large-screen LED that is af­ford­able. This is why we thought we had to re­view the 40PS20 from Toshiba. Our search for a 40-inch TV that did not cross the 50,000 bar­rier ended

` at this Toshiba. If you are look­ing for gim­micks or smart fea­tures then this is ma­chine is not for you. For, the PS20 is a no-frills LED which thinks it’s sole aim in life is to be a tele­vi­sion that plays chan­nels and maybe a movie file or two from a pen drive. The PS20 is a slightly older model, but it not old fash­ioned. It still has a slim bezel, which cul­mi­nates in a V shape at the bot­tom. It takes a while to power on this TV, about 30 sec­onds. But once on, you see that the pic­tures are su­per clear, es­pe­cially while play­ing Full HD chan­nels. If the trans­mis­sion is not good enough, the TV has a auto clean func­tion which re­moves grains by re­duc­ing the sharp­ness of the pic­ture. This works quite well if you are de­pen­dent on a lo­cal ca­ble or, worse, ter­res­trial ser­vice. The colours are true and the blacks solid, though we could not help but notice the burst of light at the top cor­ners when the unit is pow­er­ing on. There is a USB Movie fea­ture which plays any file for­mat in the flash drive that plugs into the port at the left. We loved the auto run fea­ture that im­me­di­ately asks you if you want to open the files in the USB drive. You can watch the video with the added ad­van­tage of fast for­ward, rewind and pause. How­ever, once you switch off the TV you need to plug in the USB drive again for it to be recog­nised. The sound is good and works well when you are watch­ing ca­ble. But with some video for­mats it seems a bit too low. The re­mote is easy to use and has a very handy quick menu fea­ture which shows the con­trols that you use the most. How­ever, the best fea­ture has to be the price, mak­ing this one of the most af­ford­able big screen LEDs, that too a “branded” one.

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