Toshiba 32SL738 review

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

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Toshiba 32sl738

The slim cabinet and glossy finish certainly don't look like they belong to such a cheap TV.
Signs of its budget nature start to appear with its connections, though, as we fail to turn up an Ethernet port and only find three HDMIs rather than our preferred four.

Not having an Ethernet immediately indicates, of course, that the 32SL738 doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner, and that it can't access DLNA PC content.

It does play JPEGs and music files from USB sticks though, and can double up as a PC monitor, so it's certainly not completely anti-multimedia.

Picture quality is a mixed bag. Light sequences look good once you've calibrated away a few colour imbalances, thanks to a strong brightness output and vivid colour saturations. But dark scenes are upset by twin issues of an inconsistent backlight and an over-aggressive, underwhelming dynamic backlight system.

Add to these hit-and-miss pictures a really very feeble audio performance, and you've got a set that isn't quite the edge LED blockbuster it might at first appear.

We liked

The 32SL738 is very nicely designed and has a fair amount of multimedia support for its price and its pictures are enjoyable when fed bright, breezy sources.

We disliked

Its operating system feels dated and perplexing in places and audio is below par, while dark scenes are troubled by backlight problems. The lack of online capability is mildly disappointing and the absence of a Freeview HD tuner is a big letdown.


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.

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
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
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand508 mm
Width with Stand775 mm
Depth with Stand208.20 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
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
Product Model32SL738
Product NameREGZA 32SL738 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32SL738B
Manufacturer Website Address
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
  • Remote Control
  • Remote Control Battery
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
Response Time5 ms
Weight (Approximate)9.30 kg