Toshiba 32cv711b

The 32CV711B's price-busting remit chimes nicely with the current state of the economy and it is passably attractive, if rather flimsily put together. But there are early signs of price-induced corner cutting as a hunt for connections throws up, among other things, a mere two HDMIs, and no Ethernet port.

It's not all bad connection news, though, as the set does carry a D-Sub PC input and a USB for music and photo playback.

The 32CV711B impresses with some aspects of its features too, particularly its delivery of a really pretty potent colour management system. But it also falls short in one or two areas, notably its lack of motion processing, its mere HD ready resolution, and lack of Freeview HD tuner.

Pictures seem tailor-made for second room use, emphasising brightness and colour saturations at the expense of some of the subtleties you might be looking out for on a main TV.However, while pictures are mostly quite satisfying, there are colour flaws, motion problems, and worst of all, backlight inconsistencies, the latter of which can at times be really distracting.

The 32CV711B hardly covers itself in glory with its audio, either, which is unusually weedy, even by the typically uninspiring standards of cheap LCD TVs.

The net result of all this is that the 32CV711B isn't the awesome, all-conquering bargain it might first appear, but might still give decent service as a second-room set.

We liked

If you can see past the 32CV711B's rather unimpressive build quality, it's not a bad looking set for its money. Its pictures are bright and colourful and it's great to find such a cheap set able to play photos and music from USB devices. Plus, of course, it's cheap.

We disliked

It's a shame there are only two HDMIs on the 32CV711B, and that the set doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner. Backlight inconsistencies damage dark scenes too, HD pictures could look sharper and there's obvious motion blur, especially with standard-definition sources.

Verdict

The 32CV711B offers far more set up flexibility than your average cheap and cheerful TV, but also suffers from two predictable flaws: wince-inducingly underpowered audio and some very noticeable backlight consistency problems.

Its colours and detailing lack subtlety too, and the set's connections only include two HDMIs. However, at least the picture is bright and colourful, facts that join with the set's solid multimedia features and aggressive price in making the 32CV711B a potentially decent option as a second-room TV.