Toshiba 37RL853B review

A decent mid-range 37-inch LCD TV with Freeview HD and a bucketful of picture adjustment options

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  • Impressive HD pictures
  • Resolution+ upscaler
  • iPlayer works well
  • Versatile picture adjustment
  • Decent Freeview EPG


  • Bland user interface
  • Thin sound
  • Flakey DLNA
  • Awkward remote control
  • AutoView backlight too aggressive

The Toshiba 37RL853B offers a little bit of everything - it's a contemporary looking LCD TV with an LED edge-lit Full HD panel, decent connectivity, Freeview HD, plenty of user-adjustable tweaks and smattering of multi-media features including access to iPlayer and YouTube. Not bad really for what is after all, a budget TV.

The 37RL853 sits slap bang in the middle of Toshiba's RL series, with the 32-inch 32RL853 and 42-inch 42RL853 offering the same specification for around £50 less and £100 more respectively.

The RL series itself is more or less in the middle of Toshiba's 2011 range of flatscreens, adding a terrestrial HD tuner to the basic standard definition Freeview tuner found on the HL series (which only comes in 32-inch and 42-inch sizes).

Above the RL series is the step-up SL series, comprising the 32SL853, 37SL853 and 42SL853. These add Toshiba's ActiveVision image processing engine and an eco-friendly panel to the mix, plus Toshiba Places, which is a platform designed for people who like to conduct social relationships through online means.

Want more? Looking for USB recording? Head for the UL series. 3D you say? That will be the VL and WL designer models (but neither of the latter two come in 37-inch size. At this end of the scale were talking big bucks of course.

As for rivals, consider Panasonic's TX-L37E30B with excellent networking or the Samsung UE37D5000, which lacks a Freeview HD tuner but if you're a Sky HD or Virgin Media customer could be considered an irrelevance.

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 Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)12 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
Operating Power Consumption100 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 Stand610 mm
Width with Stand895 mm
Depth with Stand205 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRL853
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Hotel Mode, Auto-off, Teletext, Child Lock
Product Model37RL853
Product NameREGZA 37RL853 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number37RL853B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The 37" 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 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
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year