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Toshiba 32RL858B review

A 32-inch Toshiba TV that's more than good enough for the price

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The Toshiba 32RL858 is one of those TVs where you find yourself forever double checking that its price is really as low as you thought it was. After all, it offers online smart TV functionality, a Freeview HD tuner, a Full HD resolution, DLNA and USB file playback, Edge LED lighting and even 100HZ processing, despite costing under £400.

It's also remarkably attractive for what's ostensibly a budget TV, thanks to its extremely narrow bezel, unusual silver finish and slim rear end.

It even provides a surprising amount of adjustment options for getting pictures looking exactly how you want them to.

In short, the Toshiba 32RL858 feels like a mid-range TV at a budget price.

We liked

The amount of features the Toshiba 32RL858 carries for its money is outstanding. The Freeview HD tuner and network/multimedia features are particularly welcome, given the set's second-room potential.

The TV's extremely slender design is a great find at the sub-£400 price level too, as is the set's all-round impressive picture quality.

We disliked

Dark scenes lack a little shadow detail versus some more expensive sets. There's some very minor evidence of backlight inconsistency, too. The set's audio is average to the extent that it struggles to convince during action films, and finally there's not as much content on Toshiba Places as there is on rival online platforms.

But then having any online functionality at all on the Toshiba 32RL858 is arguably a bonus. In fact, all of the TV's negatives are small within the context of its lowly price.

Final verdict

Toshiba has been quietly but surely making the budget end of the TV world its own in recent years, and the 32RL858 is a perfect example of just how much Toshiba has learned, and why the brand is now hard to beat for anyone on the hunt for a good TV for not much cash.

The TV looks much better than most budget models, with its unusual silver look, exceptionally narrow bezel and ultra-slim rear. It's also got way more features than most budget TVs - most notably a Freeview HD tuner, Full HD resolution, 100Hz motion processing, smart TV functionality and network multimedia playback capability.

Best of all, though, is its picture quality, which neatly sidesteps nearly all the usual problems associated with budget TVs.

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 Ports3
Product FamilyREGZA RL858
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports1
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL858
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Auto Program, Teletext, Hotel Mode, Auto-off
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32RL858B
Product Name32" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32RL858B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The REGZA RL858 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, internet content and catch-up TV services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer and Facebook.

You can also get access to a range of other online content from Acetrax, Flickr, Aupeo internet radio, Cartoon Network and more through the Toshiba Places internet portal accessed via your TV at the touch of a button. The added convenience of wireless content sharing in your home via DLNA and USB playback is also included.

SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year