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Toshiba 32HL833B review

This back-to-basics edge LED-backlit model redefines the budget LCD TV

Toshiba 32hl833b

Its provision of just two HDMI inputs will leave the majority of households struggling, at least occasionally, to find a home for a DVD or Blu-ray player, games console or Sky/Virgin box. Nor is there an Ethernet port, which means that DLNA networking and Freeview HD are off the menu.

Poor speakers and a worse remote don't endear us to the 32HL833B, but there are enough good points to recommend this for living rooms - including a decent picture from Blu-ray and its ability with digital media via USB.

We liked

Great colour saturations, decent sharpness and contrast do enough to deliver a sense of cinema, and though it's not the reference-level picture that home cinemas deserve, it's as natural as it gets at this size and price.

DivX playback is handy and the detail in Blu-ray is superb, while DVD and Freeview are watchable.

We disliked

Just two HDMI inputs and no Freeview HD are major concerns, while an unresponsive remote and plain odd Freeview EPG don't make the 32HL833B a TV that's always easy to use.

Blur and judder can be cured to some extent, but only at the cost of sharpness, while the viewing angle is surprisingly tight.

Verdict

The 32HL833B is a basic TV that brings edge LED backlit cinematic pictures to living rooms. Its restricted picture just about achieves all-round respectability, but it badly misses a DVB-T2 tuner and a soundbar/home cinema upgrade is imperative, though multimedia skills are surprisingly good.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA HL833
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption90 W
Standby Power Consumption190 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand542 mm
Width with Stand770 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Media PlayerYes
Height495 mm
Width770 mm
Depth45 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesHL833
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Hotel Mode, Child Lock, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32HL833
Product NameREGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32HL833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Let Full HD 1080p picture quality revolutionise your home entertainment experience with the 32" REGZA HL. LED TV technology and Full HD 1080p image resolution combine to deliver amazing colours, brightness and image clarity in a thin, space-saving design.

Along with the reassurance of Toshiba quality and great affordability, the HL series includes built-in Freeview digital TV with 7 day electronic programme guide, video, photo and audio playback via USB, preset game and movie viewing modes and ultra wide viewing angles. Multiple HDMI inputs plus a PC input allow easy connection to other digital entertainment devices in your home.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32HL833 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA" Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)9 kg