Toshiba 32RL853B review

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

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Toshiba 32rl853

Toshiba's 32RL853 is a curious TV, offering picture calibration tools that are far more advanced than most buyers of this set will probably ever need, plus some solid pre-defined user modes.

On the other hand, using the 32RL853 is a staid experience with little in the way of flair or panache. The remote control, menu system and styling could all do with a little love. Hopefully these flaws will be addressed on the forthcoming mid-range and high-end sets.

We liked

The 32RL853 offers an extensive level of picture calibration that will please tweakers, plus decent picture presets that are fine for movie viewing. Both the media player and BBC iPlayer elements work well, and it's an easy TV to get to grips with. HD sources are delivered with considerable aplomb.

We disliked

The audio performance of the 32RL853 leaves much to be desired, even for a TV that may end up in a second room, and the menu system is hardly enticing. Backlight pooling is noticeable with some material. The clumsy YouTube feature is likely to be looked at once and then ignored.

Final Verdict

Toshiba's 32RL853 puts its picture performance above everything else, and for that it should be applauded. However, the level of calibration it offers is arguably better suited to the 37-inch and 42-inch models in the range, where owners are more likely to want to get their (or a professional's) hands dirty.

At this size, a few more bells and whistles would have been a welcome trade for some of the excessively technical features.

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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 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