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Xmas Gift Guide If there’s one thing we’re not short of for this annual review, it’s good TVs. Large and small, thin and thinner, the things are legion.

To streamline the list, all our 2011's Best… TVs finalists embrace one key feature: net connectivity. Whether they connect to the net over integrated Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet line, these tellies open up the gates to a wide range of increasingly high-quality IPTV – be it with HD-enabled YouTube clients, streaming VOD services or bespoke entertainment channels.

The majority also support 3D, although this has largely become just another feature, a bit like Teletext without the cheap holidays.

Toshiba Regza 47VL863

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With low cost passive 3D and Toshiba's bespoke net-connected Places portal, this stylish set has what it takes to stand out from the crowd. The former is inexpensive yet effective while the latter offers the streaming content basics - BBC iPlayer and YouTube - plus some pay-per-view.

Ultimately, what really warrants the 47VL863’s inclusion in this elite squad is the power and elegance of its picture processing technology. Toshiba is virtually unique in its ability to squeeze fine detail from HD sources without creating additional, unwanted image artefacts in the process. Consequently, this is a fine buy for both movie and sports fans, and it’s not often you can say that.

Toshiba Regza 47VL863 3D HD TV
Reg Rating 80%
Price £899
More Info Toshiba

LG 42LW650T

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LG changed the game when it introduced the first of its passive ‘Cinema 3D’ screens early in 2011. Finally the average family had an affordable route into three-dimensional viewing. Not only was there no longer a need to pay through the nose just to put glasses on your nose, the viewing experience proved surprisingly comfortable.

Not that this 42-incher is all about goofy specs. LG’s net connected Smart portal is rich in streaming IPTV content, and this set is also an adept media streamer from both USB and Nas/PCs. Picture quality is top drawer – provided you keep away from the Eco mode.



LG 55LW650T
 big screen television
Reg Rating 80%
Price £999
More Info LG

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