Toshiba 22BV501B review

Toshiba's BV501 TV range is the biggest selling in Britain

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  • Pictures look bright and colourful
  • The remote control is unusually good
  • USB multimedia playback is much appreciated


  • Dark scenes are blighted by an annoying backlight 'hot spot'
  • Viewing angle is very limited
  • Sound is flimsy

While Toshiba is rightly wanting to talk right now about its current flagship TV, the recently reviewed Toshiba 55WL863, it's no surprise to find in the current economic climate that the buying public seems more interested in something rather lower down Toshiba's range: the BV501 series.

In fact, the BV501 series - comprising the 19-inch 19BV501, the 22-inch 22BV501, and the 32-inch 32BV501 - sits right at the bottom of Toshiba's 2011 range. A fact which finds it using traditional CCFL backlighting rather than the edge LED lighting now found across so much of the LCD TV world at large.

Also, all the sets in the range, including the 22BV501 under scrutiny today, only feature HD Ready 1366x768 resolutions rather than full HD ones. More predictably, they also fail to provide a built-in Freeview HD tuner, restricting you to a standard definition one. But despite these two fairly fundamental and typical budget limitations, the 22BV501 isn't a completely 'feature-free' zone.

Particularly unexpected but welcome is a USB port through which you can play a reasonable variety of multimedia file formats. But also of note is HDMI support, a D-Sub PC connection, a dedicated Game picture preset, and more picture adjustments than you customarily find on such a small, cheap TV.

With an eye-catchingly high claimed contrast ratio of 8,000:1, a cute design and best of all a price of just £140 adding further to the 22BV501's shelf appeal, it's easy to see why this set is doing so well. But is it really the perfect second-room TV it first appears?

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports1
Product FamilyBV
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size55.9 cm (22")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle160°
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Analog TunerNTSC
Operating Power Consumption50 W
Standby Power Consumption1 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio8,000:1
RMS Output Power5 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Media PlayerYes
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness300 cd/m²
Product SeriesBV
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesAuto Program, Auto-off, Teletext, Favorite Channel Selection, Hotel Mode
Product Model22BV501
Product Name22BV501 LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number22BV501B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Toshiba 22BV501 series offers the reassurance of Toshiba quality combined with highly affordable prices. It features a gloss black design and offers HD ready resolution and HD connectivity. Integrated Freeview provides access to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without subscription. PC input allows the BV to double as a PC monitor and USB connectivity also enables you to view video, photos and audio playback directly via the TV.

Package Contents
  • 22BV501 LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time5 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year