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Toshiba 32UL863B review

A 32-inch TV with Smart features and solid pictures

Toshiba 32ul863b

Toshiba's UL series should go down well with shoppers because it packs in plenty of worthwhile features but doesn't bother with any of that silly 3D TV nonsense.

This 32-inch model is perhaps too small for serious movie addicts, but will slot in as a kitchen/bedroom/office set without any problem - especially if you want to ping (certain) media around your home.

The smart portal isn't as advanced as some of the competition (Samsung and Sony, with their two different approaches, are definitely the market leaders here), but is neat and responsive - it'll be interesting to see how the Japanese brand develops it further.

Picture quality is commendable, and helped by an unobtrusive edge LED system and plenty of adjustments. Blu-rays come across as rich, sharp and detailed, and standard-definition TV from the built-in tuner doesn't fare too badly either.

We liked

The pictures of the Toshiba Regza 32UL863B are hard to criticise at this size and price point. HD viewing is a pleasure and standard-definition channels look stable.

The cute remote control and user interface also makes it a joy to use, and adds to the TV's overall appeal. The list of features is long and the connections on offer should be enough for everyone.

We disliked

The most obvious problem with the Toshiba Regza 32UL863B is its very average audio, which will struggle to fill a decent-sized living room.

Our other complaints are less serious - the menu icons could do with being a tad larger, smartphone control needs extending to the Android platform and file support over DLNA isn't extensive.

Also, Toshiba's Places portal feels under-used - how about adding a net-radio service at least?

Final verdict

Toshiba's Regza 32UL863B is a great addition to the brand's range, with an enticing mix of cutting-edge features and performance. It will make a great second room set, and could cut it as the centrepiece of a living room setup if you can live with below-par sonics or have your own sound system.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-C (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA UL863
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption107 W
Dynamic Contrast Ratio4,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Volume, Dolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesUL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesDigital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32UL863
Product Name32" Smart LED TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32UL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Your content, when you want it - the REGZA UL LED series offers access to internet TV including your favourite videos on YouTube, your favourite shows on BBC iPlayer or catch up with friends on Facebook. You can also get access to a range of other online content from 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 UL includes USB HDD recording functionality, allowing you to record TV to USB HDD for future viewing.

Response Time5.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year