Toshiba 32DL933B review

It has built-in DVD player, but is this LED TV really an all-in-one?

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Great Value

The Toshiba 32DL933B is a fine idea, poorly executed. Toshiba's Blu-ray players are on sale for less than £80 (around $125), with 3D-ness only garnering a £40 (around $60)-or-so premium, so we don't think it's too unreasonable to expect something along those lines in place of what we have: a bog-standard DVD player.

Of course, the presence of Blu-ray would highlight the Toshiba 32DL933B's other misfire - its HD-ready screen - although even that ought to be enough to host Freeview HD programmes.

We liked

Again we remind ourselves that the Toshiba 32DL933B is likely to hover around the £300 (around $500) mark, and as such should be considered as a budget set. We like its cute design, and the way it handles digital video files from a USB stick is surprisingly accomplished.

We also admire the way it manages to overcome the innate weakness of its LCD panel not only with some decent local dimming, but also by presenting a clean, noise-free image from low bitrate material. It's really the only advantage of using an HD-ready panel over a Full HD resolution version.

We disliked

The awful remote control gets the biggest chunk of our ire, although we've enough left to scold other aspects of this TV - notably motion blur and overly forced black levels. The use of an HD-ready panel does mean that both hi-definition gaming and Blu-ray playing fail to sparkle, although we can't see any excuse for leaving out a Freeview HD tuner, which would help lift this TV to another level.

Final verdict

An entry-level TV that fails to push the boundaries of its genre, the use of Edge LED backlighting and an integrated DVD player are the highs in a largely disappointing performance.

An HD-ready panel helps keep poor sources looking watchable while also making sure hi-definition content fails to wow, but as a bedroom TV for those after a DVD machine, the Toshiba 32DL933B just about makes the grade.

The Toshiba 32DL933B appears to be aimed at consumers who want a flat-ish, telly, and no more - but is there anyone left in such a position? A saturated market ought to lead to either sparkling innovation or intrinsic good value, but Toshiba, normally so effective at the latter, mostly trips up with the Toshiba 32DL933B.

Also consider

Toshiba obviously does good business on its combi TVs, although it remains the only major brand to consistently offer at least one range of flatscreen TVs with an integrated DVD player.

It tried a similar trick last year with the Toshiba 32DB833, although we presume its unique offering of a built-in Blu-ray player didn't do so well, since there's no upgrade in its 2012 lineup.

Head to the combi area of Toshiba's website to see the latest - usually smaller - combination options, although some small brands such as Linsar sometimes make them, too.

If DVD is less important and you don't mind spending a bit more, Toshiba's 32RL858B is worth a look, as is Panasonic's TX-L32E5B.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTV/DVD Combo
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Analog TunerNTSC
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports2
Product FamilyDL933
EU Energy LabelA
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Backlight TechnologyLED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Operating Power Consumption135 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand528 mm
Width with Stand770 mm
Depth with Stand191 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Brightness320 cd/m²
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesDL933
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsCD-DA, MP3
Media SupportedDVD+R, DVD-R/RW, CD-R
FeaturesMedia Player, Auto-off, Auto Program
Product Model32DL933B
Product Name32" High Definition LED TV with Built-in DVD Player
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video
Manufacturer Part Number32DL933B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Perfect for small rooms or when space is limited, the 32DL933 delivers High Definition image quality with the convenience of a built-in DVD player. LED technology combined with AMR100 picture processing means you'll enjoy vivid images; amazing colour and smooth refresh rates.

Along with the reassurance of Toshiba quality and great affordability, the DL933 series also includes built-in Freeview digital TV for access to up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations without subscription, plus video, photo and audio playback via USB. Multiple HDMI inputs and PC input make it easy to connect to other devices in your home.

Response Time20 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10 kg