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Toshiba 55ZL2 4K LCD 3D Display

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Introduction to the Toshiba 55ZL2

When Toshiba announced the idea of a glasses-free 3D display, I was less than enthusiastic. I have been seeing lenslet based 3D glassless displays for a few years (mostly in the B2B and Digital signage spaces) and they were far from ready for consumer prime time.

TOSHIBA 55ZL2 SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: 55" LCD Display
  • Illumination Source: LED
  • Native Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Active Motion & Resolution 800M
  • 3D Active
  • 2D-3D
  • Connections: 4 x HDMI (1.4), 2 x USB
  • DLNA
  • WiFi Ready (dongle)
  • Audyssey EQ
  • Personal TV (camera sensor)
  • Toshiba Apps
  • PVR
  • Toshiba
  • SECRETS Tags: 4K, 3D, HDTVs

While these technologies have continually improved, no manufacturer was brave enough to talk about consumer versions until Toshiba did so. The first version of the 55ZL2 was first shown off privately at IFA Berlin in September 2011, a later version in January, 2012 at the CES in Las Vegas. However, it wasn't until Toshiba had a private showing in Cologne, Germany, for the International press that I got to see the real deal.

The Regza 55ZL2 has many features, most of which we've seen before in other Toshiba displays, but it has two specific features that are a world's first: this is the first consumer mass produced display with 4K resolution (3840X2160, four times Full HD), and it is the first mass produced display with Glasses Free 3D (GF3D as Toshiba refers to it).

During previous presentations, Toshiba showed off the unit without many of the features in place. Most importantly, what they added is face tracking system capable of adjusting the 3D to the eyes of those who are actually watching the display.

To me, what was even more interesting was the fact that a single button push can turn off 3D altogether. The ability of this screen to turn into a real 4K display was mind boggling to me and the real appeal to this display.

In this review, I will primarily focus on the 3D and 4K capabilities of the display.