Toshiba 32RL853B review

An affordable 32-inch LCD with plenty of fine-tuning options

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Toshiba 32rl853

Image quality with HD material is pleasing, with a few caveats. The Standard preset produces healthy looking colours with a natural reproduction of reds and greens. This is helped by the level of brightness; the colourful, well-lit interiors of a news studio offer a decent visual pop. Test patterns hint at a lack of tonal subtlety with very bright colours, but it's nothing major.

Standard-definition viewing from the TV tuner revealed a picture that seemed somewhat soft, but not overly noisy. Even calling upon Toshiba's Resolution+ sharpening tool did little to crisp up the image.

Thankfully, the HD tuner means a good proportion of your everyday viewing will be of better quality. Switching to Blu-rays and the Hollywood modes is rewarded with sharp, realistic images.

The Russell Crowe thriller, The Next Three Days, set in the tonally conservative suburbs of Pittsburgh, benefits from the improved colour fidelity of the Hollywood 1 setting. This fine-tuned preset lacks a little brightness, but presents a truer image, and black levels are improved considerably (though still not to premium grade). Shadow detailing is good.

There are two definite areas where the 32RL853 stumbles a bit. Its motion handling is only average. Even on some quite pedestrian test footage, there is noticeable judder and picture detail is clearly reduced when things get going. With no frame interpolation technology to call upon, you're stuck with what the 50Hz 32RL853 can do. It's not a disastrous performer with fast motion, by any means, but it will be an occasional distraction if you watch a lot of fluid material. It also limits its appeal as a dedicated gaming TV.

Another flaw with the 32RL853 is the implementation of its edge LED lighting system. As with many TVs that use side-firing LEDs to illuminate the panel, it has a detrimental effect on the viewing angle, with blacks becoming greyed out if you stray off-axis. While that may not be much of an issue depending on the seating arrangement in your living room, the visible pools of light in the lower corners of the screen when watching dark material are occasionally distracting.

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 Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA RL853
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)9.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyDirect LED
Operating Power Consumption92 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand540 mm
Width with Stand775 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Height490 mm
Width775 mm
Depth40 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL853
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext
Product Model32RL853
Product NameREGZA 32RL853 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32RL853B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 32" REGZA RL LED series brings more quality content and connectivity to your living room. Delivering stunning Full HD 1080p image quality the RL series features built-in Freeview HD for access to terrestrial HD programmes, catch-up TV and other internet content including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Flickr.

You also have the added convenience of wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA. Content is always delivered in quality thanks to Resolution+ image enhancement technology that ensures even lower quality images are displayed in near HD quality, along with an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness of your TV automatically dependent on the changing lighting conditions in your home.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • TV Stand
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)8.60 kg