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Toshiba 32SL738 review

Extremely cheap 32in edge LED TV with no Freeview HD and some frustrating picture issues

Our Verdict

The 32SL738 looks good and is well connected, but the lack of a Freeview HD tuner feels like a trim too far and the backlight inconsistency is a worry

For

  • Good looks
  • Very attractive price for an edge LED TV
  • Decent connectivity
  • Surprisingly extensive calibration tools
  • Bright and vivid pictures with bright scenes

Against

  • The backlight lacks consistency
  • No Freeview HD tuner
  • Clunky operating system
  • No online features
  • Poor dynamic backlight control

At first glance the Toshiba 32SL738 seems to make little sense. While it is edge LED backlight, it has an HD ready, rather than a full HD, resolution and no Freeview HD tuner.

This latter omission is particularly striking, given that hi-def terrestrial tuners are now fairly routine fixtures on modern TVs.

The £500 price is cheap for any 32in LCD TV, though, let alone one with an LED backlight.These are proven to deliver better pictures than standard (CCFL) lamps and are usually found only on premium LCD TVs such as Samsung's 32C6000, which comes in at nearer £800.

So Toshiba's thinking with the 32SL738 suddenly becomes blindingly clear: it wants to grab headlines by delivering the cheapest 32in LED TV it can, even if that means stripping away a few key features.

If you want a 32in TV from Toshiba that does carry Freeview HD, take a look at either the 32SL753 or the CCFL-powered 32RV753. Other edge LED options come in the shape of the WL and VL series, but for these start at 40in and are considerably more expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG2), DVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports3
Product FamilyREGZA SL738
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)10.90 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption73 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio1,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
VGAYes
S-VideoYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand508 mm
Width with Stand775 mm
Depth with Stand208.20 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height478.9 mm
Width775 mm
Depth36.7 mm
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesSL738
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesAuto Program, Favorite Channel Selection, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32SL738
Product NameREGZA 32SL738 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32SL738B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The SL738 series televisions, with their streamlined design and energy-saving LED technology, are a welcome addition to any part of the house - whether in the living room, bedroom, workroom or summer house.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32SL738 LED-LCD TV
  • Remote Control
  • Remote Control Battery
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time5 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)9.30 kg