Toshiba 47L7200U LCD HDTV Review$1,899.00
Software & Interface
Toshiba's main menu is a dial wheel that features major, titled menus--Settings, Network, Timers--that break down into more involved sub-menus when selected. They're rather limited, usually containing various settings that could be combined into a single menu and still be plenty intuitive.
Despite the wheel-based structure, the menus pictured below are the only menus on the wheel. It gives you the impression of an endless stream of menus, but we soon enough realized that there really wasn't much going on down there. Some people will like this, and some people will wonder where all their usual options went.
Other Interface Features
The L7200U's side-mounted IR flasher works as an infrared shortcut. Users run a cable from the flasher to a desired infrared based device, such as a Comcast cable box, and can then program the Toshiba's MediaGuide function to interact with the connected infrared device, sorting its available content and controlling it via the included Toshiba remote.
The best way to interface with the Messaging menu of the ePortal, as well as the included internet browser, is through the included USB keyboard. The keyboard comes with 2 AAA batteries and a small bluetooth communicator that fits snugly into one of the TV's side-placed USB ports. While browsing, you can switch over to the keyboard by pressing the "green" color button. It's a vastly superior way to do any kind of typing, as your only other option is to painstakingly select letters from a cell phone style grid, one at a time.
The Toshiba 47L7200U doesn't come with a traditional paper instruction manual. Instead, it makes use of an eManual, which users will need an internet connection to get onto. See the immediate problem? If you have an internet connection issue (and we did, for a couple of days) there's no way to find answers, because all of the answers are locked away inside the internet.
But assuming you comfortably arrive at your eManual, we think you'll be pleased with it. It's a sleek, efficient little site with big letters that's easy to read and intuitive to navigate. It doesn't have as much information as a traditional manual, but this TV's menu and smart systems are so simple, you probably won't be wanting for too much guidance.