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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Toshiba 37rl853b

Don't expect to get calls from angry neighbours complaining about the sound coming from the 37RL853's speakers. They're ok for regular daytime telly but are seriously underpowered for watching more involving material such as TV dramas and movies.

The presence of Surround settings in the menu should be taken with a rock of salt; according to the manual "Stereo Extension and Voice Enhancement help to create an enhanced surround sound experience. Your TV's audio will sound fuller, richer, and wider." Voice Enhancement does give dialogue a small lift but it's bordering on egregious to claim the 37RL853 can generate a surround soundfield.


Priced at only £50 more than its 32-inch 32RL853 stablemate the 37-inch 37RL853 looks like something of a bargain.

It may lack a few niceties such as USB recording, 100Hz processing and a broader Smart TV selection but it gives other 37-inch screens a good run for their money. Samsung's UE37D5000 for example doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner.

Ease of use

Setting up the screen is no more taxing than making tea and toast. The operating system is substance over style, the latter of which it really doesn't have a lot of. But it is easy and uncomplicated to navigate the menus and the remote control has the right number of important command buttons on it.

The Quick button is especially useful for accessing features such as Picture mode, Picture size, connected TV and channel options (adding to favourites, locking, etc). Some of the buttons on the remote are fiddly, which seems odd when there's a fair bit of unused real estate that would have allowed for a more user-friendly layout. But overall it's a decent effort.

It's annoying that the full instruction manual is only available as a PDF that you have to download, and a bit cheeky of Toshiba to shift the printing cost to its customers. And surprising as it may seem, not everyone has access to a computer.

The Freeview EPG is one of the best around in that it displays 13 channels over 2.5 or 1.25 hours and uses black text on a white background. It also has a handy genre guide and search facility but it can be slow to load sometimes.

The networking and online features are mercifully simple to set-up but the file handling is clunky and laboured. Loading photos and videos on a Toshiba netbook took ages and the folders are displayed in a boring grid structure with no visual information. Unsurprisingly, file compatibility is far from comprehensive and certainly not consistent.

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