Toshiba 32hl833b

The 32HL833B isn't exactly heaving with features, but that's no bad thing, since a huge chunk of consumers are merely after a cheap TV with a good picture.

The first characteristic is firmly in the bag for the 32HL833B, and we'll pass judgement on image standards later, but there's enough about this 32-incher to convince us that it's worth a place in the modern living room.

The use of edge LED backlighting is as contemporary as it gets, and a full HD resolution shouldn't be sniffed at for this kind of money, either.

We won't go on and on about what this TV hasn't got, but it's fair to say that manufacturers are forced to prioritise - and we know other brands, such as Sony, place a higher priority on online content such as BBC iPlayer and Freeview HD, which this set lacks despite it being - in our opinion - a feature firmly in the must-have column.

Its omission will seriously hamper the 32HL833B's success in areas of the UK that have already switched to DVB-T2 broadcasts, although for anyone with a Sky or Virgin subscription it makes no difference whatsoever.

The lack of 100Hz scanning is not an issue for us at this price and size. More alarming is the presence of just one HDMI input on its rear connections panel, although some semblance of hi-def respect is restored to the 32HL833B after a glance at its side-panel. There, beside a second HDMI input is a USB port, a headphones jack and a Common Interface slot.

The panel is heavily recessed, meaning USB sticks won't poke out of the side, nor will curls of HDMI cables snake into view. This is crucial, since a lot of people are going to rely on that second HDMI and possibly be forced into buying a messy HDMI splitter.

Elsewhere on the rear is component video, composite video, a single Scart, a PC input for picture and audio, an electrical (in place of the more common optical) digital audio output and a set of stereo audio inputs, plus an RF aerial connection point.